Vega$: The First Season - Volume 1

Vega$: The First Season - Volume 1
Created by Michael Mann and produced by Aaron Spelling, Vega$ is kind of like a trashier version of The Rockford Files moved to Las Vegas, with a less charismatic lead. Dan Tanna (Robert Urich) is a private detective who does things his way, getting cases thrown to him by a friendly police lieutenant and casino owner (played by Tony Curtis, who never appears as frequently as his co-billing would suggest). The majority of his work brings him into the seedier side of the city, but in a sanitized, prime time kind of way where centrefolds keep their clothes on and the mob is nowhere to be seen. Vega$ hit the airwaves back in 1978 and it shows, from the clothes to the stereotypes. Urich is fine as Tanna but he has a hard job elevating things above the typical trashiness that Spelling revels in. Part of that is down to the setting, and the show does try to live up to the classic image of the city, but the plots are wafer-thin and clichéd. It's surprising that it managed to make it to a third season before it was finally cancelled and Spelling moved onto his more lucrative shows of the '80s. Irritatingly, only the first half of the first season is included in the set, although that isn't reflected in the price. To be honest, 11 episodes are more than enough to realise that it isn't a very good show and chances are these will be the only episodes that end up seeing the light of day. Despite the fact that Paramount appears to have cut as many corners as possible with this release, the show looks surprisingly good on DVD, even if it is a bare bones release with only the promos from the beginning of each show being passed off as extras. (Paramount)