Picks and Pans Review: Raven
In this diverting summer action series, newcomer Jeffrey Meek plays a martial-arts expert in Honolulu trying hi elude a cull of ninja assassins he once betrayed. In his spare time, he's also battling the yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and searching for the son he just recently found out about.
Meek plays the title character as a glib smart-mouth who is able to back it up. His tag line is "See how easy life can be?" The silliest aspect of the show is the hackneyed addition of Lee Majors as Meek's sidekick, a boozy private eye. Making the dicey transition from series hero to supporting character actor, Majors gives a game performance as this walking cliché.
Though the plots are standard pulp, the show has some of the best action sequences in prime lime. Meek is Steven Seagal with better hair. The whole thing is like a terrific trash TV hybrid of Hawaii Five-O and Kung Fu. After that 90-minute debut, the show settles the following Wednesday into its regular slot at 10 P.M. ET.