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  • Without a doubt, THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. was one of the most unusual shows on television at the time. One part Bond, one part Indiana Jones, one part western, and one part sci-fi, it was also one of the most fun shows. It had the right combination of cast, characters, comedy, action, and adventure. And unlike the shows that would try it later (HERCULES, XENA, and others), BRISCO knew how to make its contemporary stylings work. The show never took itself too seriously. Billy Drago was a great villain as John Bly, a character that appeared in a story arc running through the season. Whenever Brisco wasn't busy tracking Bly, he was busy searching for one of Bly's gang or some other bad guy. It was also interesting to see the buddy cop concept (one white, one black) in a western setting. Bruce Campbell and Julius Carry had great chemistry. The interplay between them was often hilarious. I also liked how Brisco and Bowler weren't friends at first, but rather were more like competitors, and only after several episodes of crossing paths and being forced to work together did they learn to like one another and partner up. Of course, Kelly Rutherford was hot as Brisco's on-again/off-again love interest, saloon singer Dixie Cousins. Many episodes featured some nice father/son moments as Brisco found himself talking with the ghost of his legendary bounty hunter/father, well-played by Lee Ermy. Those scenes, while sometimes brief, were always a nice addition. It's tame violence and family-friendly stories helped make it an audience favorite and develop a following that continues to this day, but Fox ultimately decided to pay attention to THE X-FILES instead, and they canceled BRISCO after just one season, despite it's big audience and decent ratings. But I'm glad the show was then and not now, as it would have been canceled after just the third episode to make way for some lame drama or comedy. Cudos to Carlton Cuse and (the late) Jeffrey Boam for creating such a good show.
  • There were a lot of Briscoe County fans who went postal when it was canceled. I had mixed feeling about it. Yes, it was one of the best TV series of all time, but I'd seen too many other great series turn mediocre after the creative well ran dry. Given a choice between ending where it did and seeing it slip into formulaic mediocrity, I was satisfied. The original story arc was neatly wrapped up with lots of diverting side trips along the way.

    I've always been a big fan of shows that aren't easy to categorize. This was one such show. A western with elements of SF, overlaid with clever writing and wit without self-consciousness. Each character was eccentric in his/her own way and great fun to watch.

    There isn't a bad performance in sight! Bruce Campbell as Briscoe is perfect, as always. It's to his credit that the late Julius Carry as Lord Bowler was able to routinely steal scenes from him. Kelly Rutherford as Dixie does the best Mae West since the original. John Astin as Professor Wickwire is excellent, as usual. Billy Drago as John Bly has to be one of the creepiest villains ever, and John Pyper-Ferguson as Pete Hutter has to be one of the funniest and most bizarre villains of all time. All of the "minor" roles, stating with Comet "the wonder horse" are equally excellent.

    But what makes the characters stand out is uniformly excellent writing from a team of certifiable eccentrics in their own right. With the talent in front of and behind the cameras, everything just clicks!

    WB finally brought out a boxed set of DVDs and it's great! I just watched it again and felt compelled to update this review. The only sad note was learning of the death of Julius Carry this year. Highly recommended!
  • I love this show ! I used to watch it every Friday night--my sister and I started watching it because it starred "that guy from EVIL DEAD", but it wasn't till "Brisco" that I considered myself a Bruce Campbell fan. The show also introduced me to another favorite actor, Billy Drago, who made John Bly the weirdest Old West villain in TV history. The camaraderie between Brisco, Bowler, and Socrates was great, and I loved the anachronisms and bad puns ("You got the sheriff!" "Yeah, but I didn't get the deputy."). Some great guest stars from earlier Old West shows, and John Astin as the recurring Prof. Wickwire. Sci-fi, Old West, slapstick--this show had something for everyone. Find it and check it out!
  • It's one of those sad things that sometimes, shows don't really market themselves very well and, as a result, are woefully undervalued. Such is Brisco County, a western genre light comedy show with a hint of sci-fi thrown in for good measure.

    When this show first came out I didn't watch it, primarily because I assumed it was simply another Western series, like Bonanza, or High Chapparal, to which I had been forced to endure by my parents as a kid. So I missed out (first time round) on something really fantastic.

    Luckily, I have since started gathering up any episodes I can find and have been able, at last, to appreciate the wonder that is Bruce Campbell. Is there nothing he can't do? If ever there was an actor that is deserving of fame and fortune, it is him.

    As for Brisco County, Bruce's portrayal is surprisingly subtle to those familiar with his Evil Dead work. But the trademark quips and facial expressions are all still there, just slightly understated.

    As a show Brisco is harmless and great fun. It won't tax your brain, and is a welcome way to unwind with a beer or two. The supporting cast are all good, even the Mr T clone, Julius Carry. I haven't seen all the episodes yet, but I look forward to watching Messrs Campbell and Co eagerly.

    Look out for Comet, Brisco's horse. He's as much a character as any of the human cast.
  • THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. was a really bizarre show, but I guess that's why I loved it so much. Bruce Campbell played the title character who was a Harvard-educated attorney turned bounty hunter that fought bad guys in the year 1893. Most of the episodes were focused on Brisco chasing after John Bly [Billy Drago], the criminal responsible for the murder of Brisco's father during a train robbery, though it was the episodes with more tongue-in-cheek humor that I liked the best. Sadly, Fox canceled this fantastic show after only one year on the air and in my opinion, it was the biggest mistake the Fox network has yet to make. The show will most likely never become available on video or DVD, which is a shame since this is possibly the most underrated show in the history of television.
  • I loved this show! I spent more time laughing at this show than any other on tv with maybe the exception of I Love Lucy.

    Bruce Campbell plays Brisco County, Jr. who is a bounty hunter trying to find his father's killer, John Bly. Julius Carry is his friend Lord Bowler. While Brisco and Bowler travel around looking for John Bly, they run into Dixie Cousins, Brisco's sometime girlfriend and saloon girl, and a host of other characters that make up this show.

    My favorite episode is one I've always called The Elvis Episode because I can never remember the real name of the episode. In this episode, Brisco and Bowler are aided by Aaron, the sheriff, who happens to dress in leather, has his hair slicked back into a DA, and runs around acting like singer Elvis Presley. In one scene, with the gang in jail, while Brisco and company are given a meal of bread and water, Aaron gets a huge tray full of food. He then gives the delivery person a tip and then says to him "This don't feel like no pound and a half of bacon". When the delivery person hands over the bacon, Aaron takes his tip money back.

    What I love about this show is it is just plain hilarious from the get go. Brisco's horse, Comet, thinks he's human and not a horse. Socrates Poole is a friend of Brisco and the proverbial wet blanket.

    I'm just sorry this show had to be canceled so quickly because it was such a laugh.
  • Adventures took the TV Western in a direction that hadn't been seen since Maverick and The Wild Wild West: light-hearted comedy. As an additional twist, they tossed in the TV-parodying elements of Maverick (we see 'Dr. Quintano, Medicine Woman' and Terry Bradshaw leading a team of football players/bounty hunters), and the futuristic (by 1890's standards) gizmos of the West (motorcycles, dirigibles). Throw in the story arc of John Bly, master villain of the future, and you've got a story that is a very weird blend of so many elements its hard to describe. Bruce Campbell show she has the stuff to be a series regular, but another strength of Adventures... is the continuity and the supporting cast - many of which are given a chance to show up often and get some character development. Catch it on TNT.
  • This is one series you either get or you are far too enamored of reality. It was obviously made by a group of people who escaped from an institution featuring padded halls, probably on some other planet in a galaxy far, far away where the residents were tortured by watching too many old westerns spiced by the occasional grade "B" science fiction movie and bedroom farce. Billy Drago has never been better, utterly over the top and so far off the wall that he is in the next room; John Pyper-Ferguson gets to speak some of the most bizarre lines in television history; Bruce Campbell is simply perfect as the titular lead; and nobody lets down the side in acting. The music by Bunch, Edelman and Graziano is among the best ever composed for a television series, perfectly complimenting the Western theme of the series and the absurdity of the incidents chronicled. The writing of the first episodes is unsurpassed though it, as so many series, fails in some later ones. Still the most amazing writing: where else can one find a character criticize Impressionism, refer to Existentialism, and make references to "The Wizard of Oz"? And, by the way, Sergio Leone should sue over the gunfight in the pilot. I have been forced to wait far too long for the DVD, and purchased it on the day of release. I must say that "Brisco County Jr." is even funnier than I had remembered. I cannot recommend it highly enough, though not for children who would miss most of the jokes anyway. Simply great, if quite entertainingly bonkers with the most absurd one liners.
  • I totally agree with the shape23's comments. I first saw TAoBCJ back in about 94/95 when it was first aired in the UK and really liked it. I have recently downloaded the series and watched it again 10 years later. I now see far more than I did then, the chemistry of the cast is superb between Brisco, Bowler, Socrates and Dixie. You can see how the relationships have formed due to the 'adventures' they have shared. If I had to give this series a liking, it would be an Indiana Jones cowboy series, where the violence is enough to set the scene but not graphic, the humour is enough but not distracting from the story, the stories & plots enough to ensure you forget the historical inaccuracies and see a really good family programme. Unfortunately only released on video shortly after its TV release, its gonna be released on DVD supposedly in the summer of 2006 ( follow this link for more details ). I suspect this release will be on R1 only. A great pity unless you have a multiregion player, but then this series is worth the cost of investing in one.

    I am now sitting down to watch it again, this time with my stepson who is curious to see "whats it all about". After all who doesn't enjoy a good cowboy.
  • mb26567430 May 2006
    Warning: Spoilers
    "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." was great fun, as long as the sci-fi story line continued.

    Bruce Campbell gave a great performance, as always, and this was the most innovative western show I've ever seen. With a side kick like Lord Bowler, Julius Carry, and a villain like John Bly, Billy Drago, together with actors like John Astin, as Professor Albert Wickwire, and Christian Clemenson, as Socrates Poole, the show meant incredibly much fun and excitement brought to us by a great set of actors.

    The love interest Dixie Cousins, Kelly Rutherford, was an almost unbearably beautiful character, just as the actress portraying her, that added quality to every episode she was in.

    All good things end though. I will always remember this show with great pleasure.
  • Bruce Campbell played Brisco County Jr, bounty hunter son of a much revered marshal who was gunned down by a smarmy villain by name of John Bly (Billy Drago). Brisco forms an uneasy alliance with Lord Bowler (AKA: James Lonefeather), a hulking Civil War Union soldier turned fellow bounty hunter, a lawyer, and a mad scientist played by John Astin in his various missions and personal quest for vengeance that often found him up against various technological advancements like motorcycles and also a funky alien gizmo that looked like a big gold orb with spikes and possessing various "magical" properties. Kelly Rutherford played Brisco's on again/off again girlfriend.

    Even though I wasn't big on westerns I was really excited when this show came on and I enjoyed watching it every Friday night. It had action, adventure, comedy, and the last episode actually had a naked time traveling FBI woman! (Sorry, had to get that out of my system)

    Despite its high entertainment value, this show got canceled while "The X-Files", which debuted the same year, went on to become one of Fox's longest running staples for reasons I can't fathom.
  • A great series. The only series in years that I actually knew what time and day it was on. Bruce was the perfect guy to play Brisco. The entire cast worked well for me. I only wish that it would have been around long enough to see the payoff that the writers were setting things up for. I know it was a coming thing and it would have been worth waiting for. They could bring it back any time!
  • piratecat-25 December 2006
    Well I love this show, adventure in the west with comedy, Indiana Jonesness, a touch of Bond style, Wild Wild West creativity, and a spoonful of scifi. They covered everything in the short run. If they had more time Brisco and Boller could have remained at odds longer. Keep the Professor Wickwire making inventions, Bly, Big Smith, and Pete alittle more longer. Amanda, the waitress, and Dixie fighting for Briscoe affection. Then the orb could have been a whole season on. Also time travel down the road. But it was covered already by squeezing the series into 27 episodes. The chemistry of the cast is outstanding along with the writing. Great job done for family entertainment. Dixie meow.
  • A fun series that was just too good to last, with a great assemblage of wonderful character actors including the King, Bruce Campbell (Praise Him)! Includes several guest starring appearance by the original Gomez Addams, John Astin. A lot like the original "Wild Wild West" and just as inventive. Although it's set in the Wild West, it's no more a 'western' than that series was. Speaking of inventions, many that would rival anything Q came up with for Bond were featured, although of course they were rustic in keeping with the time frame of the series. It was interesting to see how the creators/writers worked anachronistic inventions, mostly by Astin as a "mad scientist" type, into the plots. From one of the creators of "Lost" and just as inventive! This was a fun series that I recall fondly.
  • Brisco County Jr...ah, we some great times, didn't we? This show is on my "top 10" shows of all time had a great hero, who would shoot a tree branch, causing it to fall onto someone's head, rather than shoot the villain - violence was not really his bag. He would ALWAYS try helping his foe if they were falling off a cliff or other high place...even though he knew (as did we) that it was some kind of trick. Can you imagine that during the year that Brisco County did it's TV run, it was called "the most violent show on television" by one of those groups that have nothing better to do but protect the world from entertainment? For the record, the show that was viewed for 'most violent' status involved a boxing match and every punch was called "an act of violence"! Those crazy kids!

    Still airing every so often on cable, I would say find it, watch it! The series was one of many at that time to have a structure of ongoing story with stand alone tales between. I lived in fear that this would get canceled before we found out what happened to Brisco and his goal of serving justice to the outlaws that killed his father...BUT...can you believe it? Somehow the story was actually finished! I don't know if it was intended to continue from the point where we were left but as it stands, the story concludes and the final few episodes found Brisco and friends working for the president!

    Amazing show with great writing and superb acting (WHY isn't Bruce Campbell a huge star?. One question here: with such great fun to be from this one and a story that concluded...WHY NO DVDs??? I'd buy!

    Now, find Brisco and watch it already!
  • I liked this series and was surprised when it was canceled. Similar to the original Maverick TV series "Brisco" did not take himself too seriously. Some of the lighter Maverick episodes were spoofs of Bonanza where a "Hoss" like character was usually the victim of Bret Maverick's plots and schemes. A spoof of a real life character on Brisco County, and the episode that gave me the biggest laugh, had an Elvis like sheriff with long side-burns and dark glasses who ate hamburgers and whose lines in the show were taken from some of Elvis's biggest hit songs. Also, like Maverick with his two brothers (Bart and Bert), I thought that the supporting cast of characters on Brisco County was great and that they contributed much to the series. I look forward to DVD release of this series.
  • This was a good TV series; not great but rather original. Some commentators stated that it copied a great deal from the 60's western TV series "The Wild, Wild West" and though there definitely was some influence there I do not believe it was as much as some would think. A "true" Old West TV series; in an authentic Old West setting would probably not last very long nowadays as it would be perceived as too dull. Hence, the futuristic (for that time period) fixtures.

    The most descriptive comment concerning this series came from a Radio DJ on a morning show during the time this series was on it's original run. Some group or society had labeled "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." as the most violent show on TV. Which, to anybody who ever saw it, was patently absurd. The DJ put it properly, after he stopped laughing about the violence statement, as he doubted the show could be too violent as "it doesn't even have a plot!" And, it really never did. Still nice to see an episode after all these years, though.
  • cremator32820 March 2014
    Warning: Spoilers
    A perfect example of a one season show. It was funny, well acted and the plot, though flawed (which one isn't?), were weird and engaging!

    Bruce Campbell is brilliant as Briscoe, though Billy Drago steals most scenes he appears in. The supporting cast is excellent, from Bowler to Socrates.

    This is a sci-fi, fantasy western with old time serial style cliffhangers. If fun is your forte, then this show is a must see. If, however, absolutely everything must make sense, then avoid this. It is chaos incarnate and one of the most enjoyable shows I've ever seen. Oh, did I forget to mention......time travel!!! Find out for yourselves. 9/10 for Briscoe!
  • I was about 5 years old when I was watching Brisco County Jr discover the "coming thing" and chasing John Bly & his gang. I don't know what it was about the show but Bruce Campbell was my hero. He had the quick thinking attitude and the bravery I was looking for in my prince charming :-P Brisco County Jr. is the type of show that really can't be put into a certain one genre of TV shows. It is a western but also includes SciFi, Comedy, Action, Love. The list goes on. Lord Bowler and Socrates added just as much fun as Brisco did to the show. The messes these three got themselves into was amazing. I found myself talking to the television trying to help them out of a jam they were in. I was sad to see a show like this go but every good thing must come to an end. Too bad that end had to come too soon, after only one season.

    Now in order to get my Bruce Campbell fix, I have begun watching the sitcom Burn Notice and he possesses some of those same characteristics as Brisco did. Bruce Campbell always has a way to make me smile :-)
  • Is B.C. Jr. out on DVD?

    If not, when can we expect it?

    I watched all of the episodes when they aired, and all of them again whenever they were on.

    I've been hoping to see it come out on DVD, and would be ready to buy it, as would several other people I know.

    I've several of B C's other DVD'S and would like to add this title to my collection.

    His wry sense of humor in this character, reminds me of Nathan Fillion's character in FireFly.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr., was a wonderful show with great writing and fantastic ensemble acting. The plot of the show was Briscoe County, Junior (Bruce Campbell), who had grown up more or less a spoiled rich boy in the late 1800s USA, finally becomes a man trying to track down the gang who killed his bounty-hunter father, with the help of blustering bounty-hunter competitor Lord Bowler (Curry) and lawyer Solomon Poole (Clemenson). Briscoe combines elements of the square-jawed Western hero archetype with a Bret Maverick-style rake. Along with the regulars were a number of recurring characters playing heroes and villains alike. Billy Drago played a memorably vicious John Bly, leader of the gang Briscoe and Bowler are up against, while Kelly Rutherford turned in bravura performances as Dixie Cousins, the traveling showgirl who Briscoe hooks up with from time to time.

    The writing and comic pacing of this show were usually spot-on and this show deserved to be on far longer than it was. Had this show decided to be a comedic Western it may likely have attracted a bigger following. The biggest issue dragging this show down was the subplot regarding a quest for orbs that allowed time-travel. When the show concentrated on being a comedic Western, it was one of the best shows on the air. When the sci-fi elements of the orb subplot were written in the show bogged down in trying to connect the disparate elements and backstory, plus put some adult viewers off. With a marginal Fox network viewership, that was enough to doom the series. It was a shame, too, because Briscoe, Bowler, Solomon, Dixie and Comet the horse deserved to have many more adventures.

    Those of us who are fans still remember this show extremely fondly, with copies of the series on VCR traded like gold. The theme music still is used by NBC for some sporting events, most notably its Olympic coverage.
  • Fox did a lot of build-up before the series premiere, I remember the interviews and ads. Their Friday night line-up of Briscoe, followed by the X-Files gave us a reason to enjoy staying home Friday nights by the TV.

    The Briscoe series went for 3 seasons I thought??? I remember two cliff-hangers for the next seasons. But what kept us watching was how beautiful the coloring was - brilliant and bold, well lit - and the excellent sense of humor as the show was loaded with puns. The series was ageless in that there wasn't the profanity (but adult inuendo did exist, albeit funny) and blood and gore. The casting was excellent, and included guest stars. You have to see the Elvis impersonation... in 1893!

    I can't say enough for the series. If it were on DVD today I would buy it tomorrow. I would not be uncomfortable if my young daughter would watch it, and I would still be looking for the puns. If you haven't seen it, might take 2 or 3 episodes to understand the character dynamics between Briscoe, his horse, Doc, Lord Bowler and Dixie - but it is well worth it!
  • Inspired by 'Maverick' and 'Back to the Future 3' Jeffrey Boam screenwriter ('Funny Farm') created the son of Brisco County's unbelievable adventures.

    I've seen the pilot film. Good script (by Boam), witty editing, catching melodies (by Randy Edelman) and so-so acting characterizes this well-done western/comedy directed by the talented Bryan Spicer.

    The cult-actor Bruce Campbell ('Evil Dead') was the best choice for the leading part. His humorous performance surpasses Mel Gibson's or James Garner's in 'Maverick'.

    Altough some bad guy's role is too comics-like (Billy Drago as John Bly is awful), the gags and actions make the viewers want to see the sequels of the film's adventurous events.

    'Brisco County Jr' has one of the best pilot I've ever seen. I rank it 8 of the 10.
  • This show had all the right ingredients.Iconic genre legend Bruce Campbell in the lead.Cool old west setting.Science fiction subplot about mysterious other worldly objects.Cool supporting characters that were just as interesting and enigmatic as the lead.I could really kick the idiot at FOX that was completely blind to this shows potential.This had future cult classic written all over it.
  • I wish I had seen The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. when it first aired on television. I was 6 at the time, and it would have been the perfect addition to the lineup of shows I watched from the greatest of all vantage points, my dad's lap: Bonanza, The Rifleman, Zorro, a one-season wonder called Bordertown, and Star Trek: The Next Generation (the western in space). Unfortunately I didn't discover it until its fortuitous DVD release a few years ago, but better late than never, I suppose.

    The pitch for Brisco County was probably something like "Indiana Jones in the Old West"--in fact, co-creator Jeffrey Boam penned the screenplay for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The show obviously took its inspiration from the same old serials George Lucas was so influenced by, where the hero was forever caught on a wagon about to go over a cliff or standing in the cross hairs of the vile villain. Like Indiana Jones, eponymous protagonist Brisco County is armed with an unconventional set of weapons and tools, a quick wit, a square jaw, and a smarmy sense of humor. The show was generally light-hearted in tone, getting a lot of comic mileage not only from the quirky banter between the denizens of Brisco's world, but also from a deliberately anachronistic and absurd sensibility. One episode, for example, features a sheriff who's a dead ringer for Elvis Presley, decades before the star was even born. The viewer is also treated to inaccurate origin stories for Dunkin Donuts, drive-through windows, and the phrase from which a certain Robert Plant-led rock band took its name.

    The strength of Brisco County lies in that miraculous intersection of great writing and the perfect cast. Bruce Campbell is perfect in the title role. Brisco County Jr. is a hero who relies mostly on strategy, intuition, a Harvard education, and a wise guy outlook to get him out of scrapes, but he can still throw a punch when he needs to. Because Brisco is generally a noble character, the writers tended to invent more clever solutions to problems than simply having him whip out his pistol and shoot someone, and for that reason the show is both more inventive and surprising than it might have been, and also family-friendly.

    The late Julius Carry is perfect as brash, pompous rival bounty hunter Lord Bowler, another testament to the writing. It would have been easy to make Lord Bowler a bumbling, incompetent fool who was never any real threat to Brisco. Instead, Bowler is actually a worthy adversary who simply fails to come out on top because he can't swallow his pride. Watching the relationship between Brisco and Bowler grow throughout the series, from rivals to grudging allies to, ultimately, friends, is one of the highlights of the show.

    Christian Clemenson is Socrates Poole. He's officially Brisco's lawyer, but as Brisco is a lawyer himself Poole is more often relegated to the role of babysitter, clean-up crew, and sidekick. Poole is essentially the straight man, reacting to and commenting on the endless absurdities that Brisco more or less takes in stride.

    Kelly Rutherford is Dixie Cousins, the obligatory on again/off again love interest who draws out Brisco's inability to settle down and commit to a relationship. Dixie is sexy and beguiling, the Bad Girl with a Past who ultimately possesses a heart of gold. John Astin is a charming riot as Professor Wickwire, a spacey but forward-thinking brilliant inventor who often shows up to provide Brisco with the "coming thing," usually in the form of futuristic gadgets such as rockets, diving suits, and blimps. John Pyper-Ferguson is hilarious as Pete Hutter, the strangely likable outlaw who just won't stay dead (a running gag of the show is that Hutter returns in a future episode with no explanation as to how he survived a seemingly fatal incident). Billy Drago is coldly menacing as John Bly, the villain with the viper smile who gunned down Brisco's father and who always seems to be just a step ahead of Brisco and justice. And R. Lee Ermey is great as Brisco County Sr., the father with whom Brisco Jr. had something of a troubled relationship (shades of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in Last Crusade).

    In the "odds and ends" category, Brisco has the same brilliant scope as classic westerns of yore, having been shot on the Warner Brothers back lots that, as I understand it, simply don't exist anymore. Randy Edelman's theme music is brilliant, heroic, and moving, and was appropriated, after the show was canceled, for many NBC sports programs.

    Was the show perfect? No, and there's one big reason for that: the Orb. Apparently the writers didn't think Brisco's quest to track down the members of John Bly's gang was enough to keep the show going, so they introduced a vague, powerful, mysterious artifact, the Orb. It's clear that nobody on the writing team figured out exactly what this plot device did or meant, which resulted in its uncanny ability to do whatever was needed for a particular episode, including resurrecting the good guys, incinerating the bad guys, giving people superhuman strength, and enabling time travel. It was the failure to clearly define the Orb's mythology or purpose that makes it feel like a clunky, frustrating deus ex machina, and toward the end of the series its storyline starts to get both convoluted and pretty silly, resulting in a very unsatisfying exit for the character of John Bly.

    That aside, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. is a top notch western/sci fi/adventure/comedy/action/romance with great performances and a unique, fun flavor. I hate writing conclusions so I'm just going to stop
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