Thunder in Paradise

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Thunder in Paradise
Created by Michael Berk
Douglas Schwartz
Greg Bonann
Starring Hulk Hogan
Chris Lemmon
Carol Alt
Ashley Gorrell
Patrick Macnee
Composer(s) John D'Andrea
Cory Lerios
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Berk/Schwartz/Bonann Productions
Rysher Entertainment
Trimark Pictures
Distributor Lionsgate Television
CBS Studios International
Release
Original network Syndicated
Original release March 25 – November 27, 1994

Thunder in Paradise is an American action-adventure TV series from the creators of Baywatch, which stars Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, and Carol Alt. This first-run syndicated TV series originally premiered as a straight-to-video feature film in September 1993, then ran for one season from March 25 until November 27, 1994, before being cancelled.[1] The series was later rebroadcast on the TNT cable network.

Series concept[edit]

Thunder in Paradise follows the adventures of two ex-Navy SEALS, Randolph J. "Hurricane" Spencer and Martin "Bru" Brubaker, who work as mercenaries out of their tropical resort headquarters along Florida's Gulf Coast. Using their futuristic, high-tech boat, nicknamed "Thunder", they travel around the world fighting various criminals and villains. However, they are forced to balance their dangerous undercover work with their responsibilities of raising widower Spencer's young daughter Jessica, who lives with them.

Former model Kelly LaRue, who owns and manages the "Scuttlebutt Bar N' Grill" on the beach in front of the resort, looks after Jessica whenever Spence and Bru go on their missions. Kelly also serves as a romantic foil for Bru. Edward Whitaker, Jessica's uncle, owns the beach resort and makes semi-regular appearances in the series, primarily for comic relief.

Characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1
2
"Thunder in Paradise"Douglas SchwartzTeleplay by: Michael Berk
Story by: Douglas Schwartz & Michael Berk
March 25, 1994 (1994-03-25)
3"Tug of War"TBATBAApril 1, 1994 (1994-04-01)
4"Sea Quentin"TBATBAApril 8, 1994 (1994-04-08)
5"Strange Bru"TBATBAApril 15, 1994 (1994-04-15)
6"Sealed with a Kismet: Part 1"TBATBAApril 22, 1994 (1994-04-22)
7"Sealed with a Kismet: Part 2"TBATBAApril 29, 1994 (1994-04-29)
8"Changing of the Guard"TBATBAMay 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
9"Gettysburg Change of Address"TBATBAMay 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)
10"Distant Shout of Thunder"TBATBAMay 20, 1994 (1994-05-20)
11"Nature of the Beast"TBATBAMay 27, 1994 (1994-05-27)
12"Identity Crisis"TBATBAJuly 8, 1994 (1994-07-08)
13"Queen of Hearts"TBATBAJuly 15, 1994 (1994-07-15)
14"Plunder in Paradise"TBATBAJuly 22, 1994 (1994-07-22)
15"Eye for an Eye"TBATBAAugust 26, 1994 (1994-08-26)
16"Endangered Species"TBATBASeptember 9, 1994 (1994-09-09)
17"Deadly Lessons: Part 1"TBATBASeptember 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)
18"Deadly Lessons: Part 2"TBATBASeptember 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)
19"Blast Off"TBATBANovember 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
20"Dead Reckoning"TBATBANovember 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
21"The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 1"TBATBANovember 20, 1994 (1994-11-20)
22"The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor: Part 2"TBATBANovember 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)
  • The pilot movie was originally released on home video the week of September 27, 1993. It was not broadcast on television until the beginning of Season 1, after which it was split into two episodes for reruns and later syndication.
  • The two-part episode "Sealed with a Kismet" was combined and released to home video as the feature Thunder in Paradise II.
  • The two-part episode "Deadly Lessons" was combined and released to home video as the feature Thunder in Paradise 3.
  • The two-part episode "The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor" was used as the basis for the Thunder in Paradise CD-i interactive game. In addition to the episode itself, additional footage was filmed for use at different stages in the game. This game-exclusive footage was shot at the same time as the episode itself.[2] Another video game based on Thunder in Paradise, this one from Software Toolworks, was announced for the Super NES and Genesis,[3] but never released.

DVD release[edit]

On September 26, 2006, Lionsgate released a 3-disc Thunder in Paradise Collection that contained Thunder in Paradise ("Thunder In Paradise" Parts 1 & 2), Thunder in Paradise II ("Sealed with a Kismet" Parts 1 & 2), and Thunder in Paradise 3 ("Deadly Lessons" Part 1 & 2).

Filming locations[edit]

The Thunder in Paradise pilot movie was filmed in and around the historic Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida during April 1993. When the series was picked up for a full season, the production company then moved to Disney's Hollywood Studios near Orlando, where the primary filming location became the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort. Other filming locations at Walt Disney World included Disney's Old Key West Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, and EPCOT, used heavily due to the wide variety of futuristic and architectural styles available at that theme park. The destruction of the school featured in the two-part episode "Deadly Lessons" was an actual controlled demolition of a school building in Central Florida that the production company agreed to perform in exchange for filming rights. Stetson University in DeLand, Florida was utilized for an episode.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thunder In Paradise Strikes Out". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Thunder From TV to CD". GamePro (62). IDG. September 1994. p. 161. 
  3. ^ Semrad, Ed, ed. (October 1994). "Thunder In Paradise". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Vol. 7 no. 10. Sendai Publishing Group. p. 116. ISSN 1058-918X. 
  4. ^ "Hulkster To Be Huckster For Tourism In Orlando". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 

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