Friday, March 10, 2017

Stingray #00/S01E00: "Pilot" (July 14, 1985)

This is the pilot for the Stingray TV series which starred Nick Mancuso. Originally aired on July 14, 1985. A little less than a year later on Mar 11, 1986 the series premiered.

Series Background

"Ray" is a shadowy character with a mysterious 'secret agent' past. People in trouble often come to him for help, since he has a lot of important and powerful contacts. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his assistance must promise him a favor. Some time in the future, Ray will come to them and ask to collect on that favor, giving them some task that is often arduous and/or dangerous. The title of the show comes from the vintage Corvette Stingray that Ray drives.

"Stingray" attracted his clients by advertising a black 1965 Chevrolet Corvette "for barter only".

"Stingray's" real name and actual occupation are never revealed in any of the installments; throughout the series, any attempt any other character makes, in any installment, to track down his identity inevitably and invariably leads in the wrong direction and/or to a dead end.


Episode Synopsis

An attractive district attorney asks Ray for help in dealing with a Mexican crime lord responsible for kidnapping and brainwashing several prominent people. Ray manages to infiltrate the drug lord's operation by posing as a rich Texan. Unfortunately, his cover is blown and he is subjected to the same mental-retardation process as the drug lord's other victims; Ray manages to resist the technique by focusing on similar tortures he underwent as a POW in Vietnam. In the end, Ray uses the drug lord's own gold-plated car to crush him before he can make his escape to international waters, and then Ray disappears as mysteriously as he came, leaving D.A. Delgado to wonder who he really was.

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