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'Vega$: The First Season, Volume 2'
(Robert Urich, Phyllis Davis, et al / 3-DVD / NR / 2009 / Paramount)

Overview: In this popular series, handsome, fun loving, private eye, Dan Tanna, drives around Las Vegas in his vintage Thunderbird solving private cases but is also on retainer to a wealthy casino owner to keep crime out of his hotels. He is helped by his smart and sexy assistant, a sexy and not too smart chorus girl who takes messages for him, and his enthusiastic, yet inept, legman.

DVD Verdict: As was typical with other Aaron Spelling action television shows of this era (and Urich himself starred as James Street in Spelling's even shorter-lived series SWAT), 'Vega$' featured lots of fistfights, gunfights, car chases, and plots that not only strained credulity, but often broke it. But faithful viewers didn't care about how realistic the show was, but how much fun and pure escapism it was.

Urich as Tanna was a former Special Forces soldier now making his career as a rough and tumble private eye, who relied on help from girl Friday Bea (Phyllis Davis), a former showgirl, his buddy Binzer (Bart Braverman), his police contact, Lt. Dave Nelson (Greg Morris) and Vegas hotel owner Phillip Roth (Tony Curtis). A unique feature of Tanna's apartment behind Roth's hotel was the fact that he could drive his cool sports car into his living room.

Anyway, 'Vega$: The First Season, Volume 2' captures middle school Las Vegas since they really did shoot in Sin City. This is a real glimpse of the casinos, showrooms and cocktail lounges once graced by Nipsey Russell and Roy Clark. Robert Ulrich fits in so nicely in this environment. He pulls off wearing a vest with jean. What makes 'Vega$' addictive is that it combines the usual detective cases with the casting fun of The Love Boat.

The show brings the glitz and glamor to the dirty world of crime. This is what the non-Farrah Fawcett Majors era Charlie's Angels were lacking. Vega$ is a series that's as hypnotic as the revolving fruit of a slot machine. Although no matter what the outcome, Dan Tanna will always walk away a winner! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.