The hardest thing to do as a reviewer is to bas a television program or a movie that has become a classic staple of American pop-culture. For instance, I feel bad for the reviewers that honestly didn't like "Godfather Part II" despite the fact that everybody and their mothers consider it the greatest movie of all time. Well, now it's time to take a step in that direction and proclaim that I didn't like "The Lone Ranger."
In general, I hate westerns (save for the "Young Guns" movies). I hated "Back to the Future Part III" because it was a western. Despite my obvious bias, it is my job to report the facts, so you can make an informed decision as whether to purchase this DVD set or not. With that all out of the way, it's time for a little biography on "The Lone Ranger."
Originally airing in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" became an instant hit. It went on for many years, and is widely recognized as one of television's classic shows. The episodes presented in this package are from the 5th season (circa-1956). The theme of the episodes relies on good guys vs. bad guys, as each episode is it's own story (i.e. no running storylines between episodes). The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) is one of six surviving Rangers. He wears a mask, and rides a horse named Silver. His right-hand man is Tonto (Jay Silverheels), a Mohawk Indian. In every episode, they look to help out people in need, and bring the bad guys to justice. A fairly simple process, right?
Besides disliking westerns, there is nothing about "The Lone Ranger" that appeals to me. The Tonto character comes off as a ridiculous stereotype, while the masked Ranger comes off as a total goody-too-shoes. Maybe I'm jaded by how great television is these days, or maybe I'm not. Either way, "The Lone Ranger" is an acquired taste.
"The Lone Ranger" features 19 episodes, each having a running time of approximately 23 minutes. Below are episode listings broken down per disc.
The second interview is with Rand Brooks (friend of Clayton Moore) and Dawn Moore (Clayton Moore's daughter). Once again, shot recently, stories about Clayton, but I didn't care enough to really pay attention throughout the interview.