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Throwback Thursday: “Streethawk” (1985)

“The man.  The machine.  STREETHAWK.”

I mentioned “Streethawk” (1985) a couple of weeks ago during that discussion of that 80’s fad where futuristic vehicles were the stars of TV shows.  This ran for a single season and depicted the adventures of a police officer riding “an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime.”

This was the very height of 1980’s cheese — or the very nadir, depending on how you look at it.  (I was a pretty impressionable kid, though, and I loved “Streethawk.”)  And star Rex Smith was not an ugly man, but always seemed to have dopey expression permanently plastered to his face.

Wasn’t there sort of special signature move that Smith’s character had, where he popped a wheelie and actually spun the bike like a dradle at the same time?  So that the bullets or whatever it was firing would fly in every direction?  (Because cops typically require indiscriminate suppressing fire in every direction in order to “fight urban crime.”)  I could almost swear that was a recurring action sequence on this show.