Rubbish old series: Raven (1992-93)

Raven with Jeffrey Meek

Let’s make this one brief, because as much fun as it was to watch the fight scenes, the show itself was pretty dreadful:

When Jonathon Raven was 12 years old, his parents were killed by the Black Dragon. He trained with them for many years in the deadly martial arts with the hopes of learning and mastering their lethal skill and then using it against them for vengeance. Although he succeeded in infiltrating them, the Black Dragon are many in number, and are now bent on destroying Raven’s bloodline.

His one true love, a beautiful Japanese woman named Aki, becomes pregnant with their son at the same time the Black Dragon clan is after Raven’s life. Aki unfortunately dies shortly after giving birth to their son, but before she passes away, she realizes that her son’s life is in danger. Jonathon learns of his wife’s plan of hiding their son from imperilment, but sadly never gets to see him or attain the knowledge of his location.

Later on, he joins the U.S. Special Forces and becomes one of their top assassins under a man named Nick Henderson. After many complications and regrets, Raven leaves the Special Forces and continues his search for his long-lost son. His search eventually leads him to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he believes his son may be. Raven is on a life-long journey in search of his son, and is willing to risk his life along the way to find him and ensure the safety of his life, with the aid of his old military buddy – a drunken private investigator named Herman “Ski” Jablonski.

Suffice it to say, Raven had three things – and only three things – going for it:

  1. Jeffrey Meek – best known as Remo in the pilot episode of Remo Williams, who’s a black belt in tae kwon do and aikido so actually made the fight scenes look good
  2. Lee Majors, who played “Ski”
  3. Hawaii, which is awfully pretty

That’s it. But the title sequence is awfully silly, so I thought I’d include it this week.

  • When I saw the headline and just a quick glance at the picture, I thought it was for the ‘Highlander’ spin-off, but why were you showing a picture of Adrian Paul?
    This was completely under my radar; never even heard of it. Or the noggin’s leaking again. But looking at the line-up for ’92, there was nothing on a Saturday night that I would have been taping on any network, except maybe ‘Saturday Night Live’.

  • It was eminently avoidable in many ways. It just used to be on Sky One of an evening over here and I used to watch it and despite everything else about it, thought Jeffrey Meek was rather good.