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Rockford versus Cannon

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by dhammer, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. dhammer

    dhammer Well-Known Member

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    I thought I may change gears from my live chat disappointment.

    I am a big fan of both shows and am amused by the contrast between the two characters. Rockford an ex-con and a loser in many ways. I don't mean as a person but he is the quintessential hard luck character. He usually gets stiffed on his fee; he gets beat up and double crossed frequently; hated and persecuted by the police; lives in a shabby trailer.

    Cannon was an ex-cop, loved and respected by all law enforcement officers. He gets full cooperation and is solicited for his expertise. He is a very successful private investigator and lives in a posh apartment. He is pleasant, charming and very positive. Contrast this to Rockford's cynicism and general negative outlook on life and people. To be fair, on the Rockford Files his instincts are usually correct.

    While I love the Rockford Files, it is refreshing to watch Cannon. I find it tedious the irrational way police officials are constantly persecuting Jim Rockford no matter how many cases he solves.
     
  2. anime-fan

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    Personally? I prefer The Rockford Files over Canon. I think it's refreshing that TRF is more entertaining then Canon is.
     
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    Rockford ultimately had a sense of fun about it, and often had deeper, more complex scripts with great character insights that made you really feel for the character. The mysteries weren't always cut and dried; they often had lots of little twists and turns. Not to mention the supporting cast was outstanding.

    However, BOTH shows had tremendously appealing leads that had lots of charm and energy. I love Cannon primarily for William Conrad moreso than the stories, while Rockford I love for James Garner along with 3 or 4 other key reasons. Both are also somewhat defined by their choice of automobile. The thing I love about Cannon is that for such an overweight guy, he sure gets into a lot of physical action and isn't afraid to get roughed up. He also has a great sense of humor about himself.

    Another interesting comparison would be Mannix and Rockford. Both are guys who get stiffed on occasion, have a love-hate relationship with the police, and get beat up and shot at all the time. Plus, each had good chemistry with their platonic female co-star.
     
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    I like Cannon since he belly bumped an attacker. He put his gut to work
     
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    Cannon gets my vote
     
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    You've got two shows with two great lead characters played by good actors. However, Rockford gets my vote just because it's a better all-around show. The writing, particularly the episodes by David Chase, is fantastic; the Cannon episodes are just OK detective stories and don't have much in the way of character development. Plus, Rockford has the advantage of an ensemble cast of supporting players for James Garner to play off of. Rockford has a sly sense of humor; William Conrad could have pulled off some more humor in Cannon, but QM Productions didn't seem to tap into that element.
     
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    It's no wonder that more fun and lighter shows like Rockford Files or Barnaby Jones were so successful, and Cannon too for that matter. They were a tad more family friendly watching than, say, the grittier Kojak, Streets of San Francisco or Harry O, thus proving they appealed to more people and often ran more seasons. Quantity and higher ratings doesn't always mean better quality of course, I personally prefer the last three mentioned here but also love Cannon and BJ to bits, so thumbs up to CBS for continuing them hopefully.
     
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    Not only that but Rockford has something that Cannon doesn't: Magnum P.I. With a great cast like Noah Beery, Joe Santos and Stuart Margolin, that's just something that Cannon doesn't have.
     
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    Yes, Cannon's a P.I. working on his own same is a guy like Mannix too, so the lone detective idea can exist quite well. Or rather it could, as these days everything is teams on a case taking much of the drama out of it in my opinion, substituting it with technical lingo. Lack of imagination in stories I think is a big problem now.
     
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    This point about ratings and how it relates to quality is siutable for its own discussion. If you offer hungry people only oatmeal, and they eat it, do you assume they love oatmeal?

    Take any current run of movies in the theaters. A certain number of people will watch them. Most people who go to the movies will go regardless of what's showing. They want to go to the movies on a date or outing. They will choose from what is available according to their preferences. It is illogical to assume they really cared for the movie just because they went to it, when their choices are so limited. TV is similar to this. Don't assume people like tv content just because they watch it.
     
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    TV isn't quite similar actually, at the theater you pay for it which you don't do at home with a much more free palet of choice. Just because a lot of people watch something doesn't mean it's good, which is (also) my point in the post there, quantity is not the same as quailty.
     
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    With cable tv you have so many choices but do you really? When you look behind the scenes you find that a few media giants control it all like Disney or Warner, to name two of them.
     
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    Material at offer is still different, isn't it.
     
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    I noticed years ago while watching cable tv that there was all this cross advertising. One minute your young child is watching Sponge Bob and the next minute their watching some highly sexual or violent commercial for some adult show- on another channel. That really makes me angry as a parent. This happens all day long on modern tv. But the point is, that you start to see that all these channels are run by a few companies.

    Material at offer is different? I don't know what you mean. Please elaborate?
     
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    Originally Posted by dhammer
     
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    You don't know what I mean? I thought I made it clear enough, that surely the stuff on TV is quite varied material, crime, comedy, drama, etc. That most of it sucks is obvious to me though, that's why we want stuff on DVD.
     
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    Easy. I didn't know what you mean but now I do. I also agree with you. People at this forum get bent out of shape when you criticise TV. No matter how bad you think something is someone with militantly defend it. In addition, anything that smells like you are talking about morality in the media will get you in trouble from the mods.

    My wife watches Lifetime and Hallmark movies, Hoarders, soap operas, and American Idol exclusively. Can you imaging how I suffer?
     
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    My mother and sister like "Hoarders" too. I cannot understand it, and neither can my father.
     
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