Cobra (TV series)
Cobra Title card
|Created by||Stephen J. Cannell|
Craig W. Van Sickle
Steven Long Mitchell
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||60 Minutes|
|Production company(s)||Gladstone Gate Productions|
|Original release||September 16, 1993 –|
May 13, 1994
Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr., is an ex–Navy SEAL who went A.W.O.L. after refusing to blow up an enemy command center housing civilians. He disappeared to the wilderness of Alaska, changing his name and appearance, and became a teacher in a small Inuit community. But a part of his past caught up to him and he was shot in the face, his comatose body left for dead. He awoke in the hospital three weeks later and found himself with a new face and a new chance at life, thanks to a woman named Danielle LaPoint.
Danielle offered him a job with "Cobra", an undercover anti-crime agency that provides justice for victims who haven't benefited from the system. Scandal is reluctant to leave his Alaskan life behind, but then Danielle's boss, Dallas Cassel, makes him an offer he can't refuse: the chance to catch the man who murdered his father five years earlier. From behind the wheel of his classic AC Cobra, Scandal dispenses justice in the fictional Bay City.
Starring Michael Dudikoff (the American Ninja series), Allison Hossack, and James Tolkan (the Back to the Future trilogy), Cobra was created by television producer Stephen J. Cannell, along with Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle (both of whom later went on to create/executive produce The Pretender for NBC), and was filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin were the show's supervising producers and went on to executive produce Diagnosis: Murder and Martial Law, among other series. Matt Dearborn, an executive consultant on Cobra, produced several Disney Channel sitcoms, including Even Stevens.
Cobra was originally titled Viper. However, Chrysler Corp. sued Stephen J. Cannell for trademark infringement, and also because Chrysler was already working with CBS on a series called Viper that was to feature a brand new Dodge Viper concept car. (That show ultimately aired on NBC.) Since that other Viper series centered on a quasi modern-day Knight Rider, and Cannell's series centered on crime fighters named "Viper", Cannell believed the name could be changed without sacrificing the creative concept of the series, and so the title was changed to Cobra. Three episodes had already been filmed when the title change took place, so it appears Scandal would have still been driving the Cobra even with the show called Viper.
Canadian rock band Saga was hired to produce the main theme and several additional songs for the series, to be featured in specific episodes, but most were never used. Their 1994 album Steel Umbrellas contained most of these songs. There were lyrics written and performed for the Cobra theme, "Someone is Out There," but only the instrumental version was used in the series.
Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr. (Michael Dudikoff): A martial artist, an expert marksman, an ex-Navy SEAL, and a former investigator for NSI, Scandal is perfectly suited to be Cobra's lead field operative. The only part of his past that remains is his vintage Cobra, which he helped his father restore when he was younger.
Danielle LaPoint (Allison Hossack): The daughter of Cobra's founder, Quentin Avery, Danielle is more or less Scandal's partner. Her mother was killed ten years earlier, and as a result she turned to helping victims like herself by working for Cobra. She holds a Ph.D in Psychology from Harvard University and was personally responsible for recruiting Scandal after arguing with her father that he was the perfect choice.
Dallas Cassel (James Tolkan): A former F.B.I. agent, Dallas is the director of Cobra. He almost got off on the wrong foot with Scandal when he faked Scandal's death in order to secure him an honorable discharge from the Navy, but Scandal ultimately realized it was for the best.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot (Part 1)"|
"Cobra (Part 1)"
|Brad Turner||Stephen J. Cannell & Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||September 16, 1993||55101|
|2||"Pilot (Part 2)"|
"The Continuation of Cobra (Part 2)"
|Brad Turner||Stephen J. Cannell & Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||September 23, 1993||55101|
|3||"Push It"||Brad Turner||Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||September 30, 1993||55108|
|4||"Honeymoon Hideaway"||Jorge Montesi||Stephen J. Cannell||October 7, 1993||55118|
|5||"Nowhere to Run"||Jeff Woolnough||William Rabkin & Lee Goldberg||October 14, 1993||55116|
|6||"The Gnome"||Jorge Montesi||Tom Szollosi||October 21, 1993||55106|
|7||"Mr. Chapman, I Presume"||Brad Turner||Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||October 28, 1993||55113|
|8||"Hostage Hearts"||Neill Fearnley||Matt Dearborn||November 4, 1993||55117|
|9||"I'd Die for You"||Neill Fearnley||Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||November 11, 1993||55107|
|10||"Something In The Air"||Brad Turner||Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin||November 18, 1993||55114|
|11||"Playing with Fire"||Lyndon Chubbuck||Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||November 25, 1993||55121|
|12||"Death on the Line"||Mario Azzopardi||Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin||January 6, 1994||55119|
|13||"Diamond in the Rough"||Mario Azzopardi||Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin||January 13, 1994||55123|
|14||"Lost in Cyberspace"||Lyndon Chubbuck||Story by : Michael Zand & Terri Treas |
Teleplay by : Michael Zand
|January 20, 1994||55120|
|15||"Blast from the Past"||Brad Turner||Morgan Gendel||January 27, 1994||55125|
|16||"Death Dive"||Brad Turner||Story by : Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Vivienne Radkoff |
Teleplay by : Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
|February 3, 1994||55105|
|17||"Caged Fury"||Brenton Spencer||Story by : Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin and Bruce Cervi & John Lansing |
Teleplay by : Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
|February 10, 1994||55112|
|18||"A Few Dead Men"||Brad Turner||John LeMasters||February 17, 1994||55126|
|Don S. Davis guest stars as Sergeant Thorne.|
|19||"Haunted Lives"||Jeff Woolnough||William Rabkin & Lee Goldberg||February 24, 1994||55110|
|20||"Lorinda"||Brad Turner||E.F. Wallengren||April 30, 1994||55124|
Alice Ghostley guest stars as Lorinda McClure.
Note: Scenes from Stingray episodes "Pilot" and "Gemini" were reused in the episode.
|21||"Precious"||Brenton Spencer||Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle||May 6, 1994||55122|
|22||"Aces and Eights"||Brad Turner||Bill Nuss||May 13, 1994||55104|
On February 13, 2007, Visual Entertainment released Cobra: The Complete Series on DVD in Canada. The 5-disc set also features several bonus features including episode summaries and a photo gallery.
Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in the United States on September 29, 2009.
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Cobra (starts the week of Sept. 13) An hour-long action series with Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja) as an AWOL Navy SEAL recruited by a super-secret organization known as COBRA.
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