Just re-watched the pilot episode, "Pilot" after eighteen years. Think of Brisco County as the Wild Wild West's light hearted cousin. This feature length episode introduces us to the primary characters, establishes the overall story (and the first season arc) and sets the tone for the series.
Bruce makes the show what it is (man, he looks so young). Couldn't have been easy doing an oater in '90, much less one that was a bit of a comedy with a touch of sci-fi. He and his co-stars made it work. Fox's fumbling touch is what killed it (it was the first of many; others that followed it include Brimstone, Wonderfalls and Firefly).
Kelly Rutherford may have left an indelible mark as Dixie Cousins, but she was only in 7 of the 27 episodes. Can't help but feel her character was inspired by Frenchy (DESTRY RIDES AGAIN) with perhaps a touch of Lili Von Shtupp (BLAZING SADDLES (who's character was also a direct take off on Frenchy)).
As pilots go, this one proves that sometimes a show starts with all its cylinders firing. Unlike many show axed before their time, Brisco actually got a full twenty-six episodes (plus the pilot) and what with the episodes being 45 minutes long (15 minutes for commercials, ow. It'w worse now though, OW) working through the set will take some time, but no effort.
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