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Six-String Soldiers is a four-member acoustic group performing Americana, folk, bluegrass, and Irish music in an informal setting.

The group brings its signature style to the smallest, most intimate venues, the busiest public places, street festivals, and music festivals across the United States.

With its focus on audience interaction and sharing its members鈥 stories and experiences as American Soldiers, Six-String Soldiers offers one of the most personal musical experiences found in the United States Army.








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The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran from 1983 to 1987 about a fictitious former United States Army Special Forces unit whose members, after being court-martialed “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune. A feature film based on the series was released by 20th Century Fox in June 2010.




The A-Team was created by writers and producers Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo at the behest of Brandon Tartikoff, NBC’s Entertainment president. Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network, and was hired by NBC;

His first project was The A-Team. Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Cannell as a combination of The Dirty Dozen, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max and Hill Street Blues, with “Mr. T driving the car”.

The A-Team was not generally expected to become a hit, although Stephen J. Cannell has said that George Peppard suggested it would be a huge hit “before we ever turned on a camera”.

The show became very popular; the first regular episode, which aired after Super Bowl XVII on January 30, 1983, reached 26.4% of the television audience, placing fourth in the top 10 Nielsen-rated shows.

The A-Team was always portrayed as acting on the side of good and helping the oppressed. Cannell was known for having a particular skill at capitalizing on momentary cultural trends, such as the helicopters, machine guns, cartoonish violence, and joyful militarism of this series, which are now recognizable as trademarks of popular entertainment in the 1980s as seen in the TV shows Magnum, P.I. and Airwolf as well as the films Rambo: First Blood Part II and Top Gun.

The show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish, over-the-top violence (in which people were seldom seriously hurt), formulaic episodes, its characters’ ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, and its distinctive theme tune.

The show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was initially conceived. 聽Some of the show’s catchphrases, such as “I love it when a plan comes together”, “Hannibal’s on the jazz”, and “I ain’t gettin’ on no plane!” have also made their way onto T-shirts and other merchandise.

The show’s name comes from the “A-Teams”, the nickname coined for U.S. Special Forces’ Operational Detachments Alpha (ODA) during the Vietnam War, although this connection was never referenced on-screen.

In a 2003 Yahoo! survey of 1,000 television viewers, The A-Team was voted the one “oldie” television show viewers would most like to see revived, beating out such popular television series from the 1980s as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider.

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… the A-Team.”

The A-Team is a naturally episodic show, with few overarching stories, except the characters’ continuing motivation to clear their names, with few references to events in past episodes and a recognizable and steady episode structure.

In describing the ratings drop that occurred during the show’s fourth season, reviewer Gold Burt points to this structure as being a leading cause for the decreased popularity “because the same basic plot had been used over and over again for the past four seasons with the same predictable outcome”.

Similarly, reporter Adrian Lee called the plots “stunningly simple” in a 2006 article for The Express (UK newspaper), citing such recurring elements “as BA’s fear of flying, and outlandish finales when the team fashioned weapons from household items”.

The show became emblematic of this kind of “fit-for-TV warfare” due to its depiction of high-octane combat scenes, with lethal weapons, wherein the participants (with the notable exception of General Fulbright) are never killed and rarely seriously injured (see also On-screen violence section).

As the television ratings of The A-Team fell dramatically during the fourth season, the format was changed for the show’s final season in 1986鈥87 in a bid to win back viewers.

After years on the run from the authorities, the A-Team is finally apprehended by the military. General Hunt Stockwell, a mysterious CIA operative played by Robert Vaughn, propositions them to work for him, whereupon he will arrange for their pardons upon successful completion of several suicide missions. In order to do so, the A-Team must first escape from their captivity.

With the help of a new character, Frankie “Dishpan Man” Santana, Stockwell fakes their deaths before a military firing squad. The new status of the A-Team, no longer working for themselves, remained for the duration of the fifth season while Eddie Velez and Robert Vaughn received star billing along with the principal cast.


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The missions that the team had to perform in season five were somewhat reminiscent of Mission: Impossible, and based more around political espionage than beating local thugs, also usually taking place in foreign countries, including successfully overthrowing an island dictator, the rescue of a scientist from East Germany, and recovering top secret Star Wars defense information from Soviet hands.

These changes proved unsuccessful with viewers, however, and ratings continued to decline. Only 13 episodes aired in the fifth season. In what was supposed to be the final episode, “The Grey Team” (although “Without Reservations” was broadcast on NBC as the last first-run episode in March 1987), Hannibal, after being misled by Stockwell one time too many, tells him that the team will no longer work for him.

At the end, the team discusses what they were going to do if they get their pardon, and it is implied that they would continue doing what they were doing as the A-Team. The character of Howling Mad Murdock can be seen in the final scene wearing a T-shirt that says, “fini”.

During the Vietnam War, the A-Team were members of the 5th Special Forces Group (see Season 1, Episode 10, “West Coast Turnaround”).

In Season 2, Episode 4, “Bad Time on the Border”, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, portrayed by George Peppard, indicated that the A-Team were “ex鈥揋reen Berets”.

During the Vietnam War, the A-Team’s commanding officer, Colonel Morrison, gave them orders to rob the Bank of Hanoi to help bring the war to an end. They succeeded in their mission, but on their return to base four days after the end of the war, they discovered that Morrison had been killed by the Viet Cong, and that his headquarters had been burned to the ground.

This meant that the proof that the A-Team members were acting under orders had been destroyed. They were arrested, and imprisoned at Fort Bragg, from which they quickly escaped before standing trial.

The origin of the A-Team is directly linked to the Vietnam War, during which the team formed.

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The show’s introduction in the first four seasons mentions this, accompanied by images of soldiers coming out of a helicopter in an area resembling a forest or jungle.

Besides this, The A-Team would occasionally feature an episode in which the team came across an old ally or enemy from those war days.

For example, the first season’s final episode “A Nice Place To Visit” revolved around the team traveling to a small town to honor a fallen comrade and end up avenging his death, and in season two’s “Recipe For Heavy Bread”, a chance encounter leads the team to meet both the POW cook who helped them during the war, and the American officer who sold his unit out.

An article in the New Statesman (UK) published shortly after the premiere of The A-Team in the United Kingdom, also pointed out The A-Team’s connection to the Vietnam War, characterizing it as the representation of the idealization of the Vietnam War, and an example of the war slowly becoming accepted and assimilated into American culture.

One of the team’s primary antagonists, Col. Roderick Decker (Lance LeGault), had his past linked back to the Vietnam War, in which he and Hannibal had come to fisticuffs in “the DOOM Club” (Da Nang Open Officers’ Mess).


At other times, members of the team would refer back to a certain tactic used during the War, which would be relevant to the team’s present predicament. Often, Hannibal would refer to such a tactic, after which the other members of the team would complain about its failure during the War. This was also used to refer to some of Face’s past accomplishments in scamming items for the team, such as in the first season episode “Holiday In The Hills”, in which Murdock fondly remembers Face being able to secure a ’53 Cadillac while in the Vietnam jungle.

The team’s ties to the Vietnam War were referenced again in the fourth season finale, “The Sound of Thunder”, in which the team is introduced to Tia (Tia Carrere), a war orphan and daughter of fourth season antagonist General Fulbright. Returning to Vietnam, Fulbright is shot in the back and gives his last words as he dies.

The 2006 documentary Bring Back The A-Team joked that the scene lasted seven and a half minutes, but his death actually took a little over a minute. His murderer, a Vietnamese colonel, is killed in retaliation. Tia then returns with the team to the United States (see also: casting).

This episode is notable for having one of the show’s few truly serious dramatic moments, with each team member privately reminiscing on their war experiences, intercut with news footage from the war with Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction playing in the background.

The show’s ties to the Vietnam War are fully dealt with in the opening arc of the fifth season, dubbed “The Revolution”/”The Court-Martial”, in which the team is finally court-martialed for the robbery of the bank of Hanoi.

The character of Roderick Decker makes a return on the witness stand, and various newly introduced characters from the A-Team’s past also make appearances. The team, after a string of setbacks, decides to plead guilty to the crime and they are sentenced to be executed. They escape this fate and come to work for a General Hunt Stockwell, leading into the remainder of the fifth season.

The A-Team revolves around the four members of a former commando outfit, now mercenaries.


Their leader is Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard), whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective.

Lieutenant Templeton Peck (Dirk Benedict; Tim Dunigan appeared as Templeton Peck in the pilot), usually called “Face” or “Faceman”, is a smooth-talking con man who serves as the team’s appropriator of vehicles and other useful items, as well as the team’s second-in-command.

The team’s pilot is Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz), who has been declared insane and lives in a Veterans’ Administration mental institution for the show’s first four seasons.

Finally, there is the team’s strong man, mechanic and Sergeant First Class Bosco Albert “B.A.”, or “Bad Attitude”, Baracus (Mr. T).

It is unclear to which U.S. Army unit the four belonged. A patch on Hannibal’s uniform in the season 1 episode “A Nice Place To Visit” indicates they belonged to the 101st Airborne division in Vietnam, but the patch was replaced by the 1st Air Cavalry Division patch in the Season 5 episode “Trial by Fire”. In the Season 1 episode “West Coast Turnaround”, Hannibal stated they were with the 5th Special Forces Group.

Then, in Season 2 episode “Bad Time on the Border”, Hannibal refers to his friends as “ex-Green Berets”. Though the name they have adopted comes from the “A-Teams”, the nickname coined for Special Forces Operational Detachments Alpha, these detachments usually consisted of twelve members; whether the four were considered a “detachment” of their own or had once had eight compatriots who were killed in action was never revealed.

For its first season and the first half of the second season, the team was assisted by reporter Amy Amanda Allen (Melinda Culea).

In the second half of the second season, Allen was replaced by fellow reporter Tawnia Baker (Marla Heasley). The character of Tia (Tia Carrere), a Vietnam war orphan now living in the United States, was meant to join the Team in the fifth season, but she was replaced by Frankie Santana (Eddie Velez), who served as the team’s special effects expert. Velez was added to the opening credits of the fifth season after its second episode.

During their adventures, the A-Team was constantly met by opposition from the Military Police. In the show’s first season, the MPs were led by Colonel Francis Lynch (William Lucking), but he was replaced for the second, third, and earlier fourth season by Colonel Roderick Decker (Lance LeGault) and his aide Captain Crane (Carl Franklin).

Lynch returned for one episode in the show’s third season (“Showdown!”) but was not seen after. Decker was also briefly replaced by a Colonel Briggs (Charles Napier) in the third season for one episode (“Fire!”) when LeGault was unavailable, but returned shortly after. For the latter portion of the show’s fourth season, the team was hunted by General Harlan “Bull” Fulbright (Jack Ging), who would later hire the A-Team to find Tia in the season four finale, during which Fulbright was killed.


The fifth season introduced General Hunt Stockwell (Robert Vaughn) who, while serving as the team’s primary antagonist, was also the team’s boss and joined them on several missions. He was often assisted by Carla (Judith Ledford, sometimes credited as Judy Ledford).

Character traits

John “Hannibal” Smith: Master of Disguise. His most used disguise (although not onscreen) is Mr. Lee, the dry cleaner. This is one of the final parts of the client screening process, as he tells the client where to go in order to make full contact with the A-Team. He dresses most often in a white safari jacket and black leather gloves. He also is constantly seen smoking a cigar. Hannibal carries either a Browning Hi-Power, Colt M1911A1 or a Smith & Wesson Model 39 as a sidearm, most often “Mexican Carried” although he uses a holster when on missions. His catchphrase is “I love it when a plan comes together”. Often said, usually by B.A., to be “on the jazz” when in the fury of completing a mission.

Templeton “Faceman” Peck: Master of the Persuasive Arts. The team’s scrounger, he can get virtually anything he sets his mind to, usually exploiting women with sympathy-appeal and flirtation. However, he is not without integrity, as stated by Murdock in the episode “Family Reunion”: “He would rip the shirt off his back for you, and then scam one for himself.” Faceman is also the A-Team’s accountant. He dresses suavely, often appearing in suits. Faceman carries a Colt Lawman Mk III revolver for protection, and drives a white Corvette with orange trim.

Bosco Albert “B.A.” (Bad Attitude) Baracus: The muscle for the A-Team, Able to perform amazing feats of strength. He is also the team’s mechanic. B.A. affects a dislike for Murdock, calling him a “crazy fool”, but his true feelings of friendship are revealed when he prevents Murdock from drowning in his desire to live like a fish. B.A. also has a deep fear of flying, and the others usually have to trick and/or knock him out in order to get him on a plane.

It is very rare that B.A is awake while flying, and even rarer for him actually to consent to it. However, he then goes into a catatonic state. B.A generally wears overalls and leopard or tiger print shirts in the early seasons, then later wears a green jumpsuit in the later seasons.



He is almost always seen with about 50 pounds of gold necklaces and rings on every finger, and also wears a weightlifting belt. Baracus’s hair is always styled in a mohawk-like cut. He drives a customized black GMC van, which is the team’s usual mode of transport.

H.M “Howling Mad” Murdock: The A-Team’s pilot, he can fly any kind of aircraft with extreme precision. However, due to a helicopter crash in Vietnam, Murdock apparently went insane. He lives in a Veterans’ Hospital in the mental wing. Whenever the rest of the team requires a pilot, they have to break him out of the hospital, generally using Faceman to do so. In Seasons 1-4, Murdock has a different pet, imaginary friend, or persona in each episode. Whenever one of his pets or imaginary friends is killed by an enemy, Murdock snaps and takes revenge (but never kills).

Many times, when B.A is mad at Murdock for being crazy, Hannibal will side with Murdock in a sympathetic way. Once he is discharged from the hospital in Season 5, Murdock has a different job each episode. Essentially, B.A. and Murdock get on each other’s nerves. Murdock usually wears a leather flight jacket, a baseball cap, and basketball sneakers.


Although the part of Face was written by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell with Dirk Benedict in mind, NBC insisted that the part should be played by another actor, instead.

Therefore, in the pilot, Face was portrayed by Tim Dunigan, who was later replaced by Dirk Benedict, with the comment that Dunigan was “too tall and too young”.

According to Dunigan: “I look even younger on camera than I am. So it was difficult to accept me as a veteran of the Vietnam War, which ended when I was a sophomore in high school.”

Carrere was intended to join the principal cast of the show in its fifth season after appearing in the season four finale, providing a tie to the team’s inception during the war. Unfortunately for this plan, Carrere was under contract to General Hospital, which prevented her from joining The A-Team. Her character was abruptly dropped as a result.

According to Mr. T’s account in Bring Back… The A-Team in 2006, the role of B. A. Baracus was written specifically for him. This is corroborated by Stephen J. Cannell’s own account of the initial concept proposed by Tartikoff.

James Coburn, who co-starred in The Magnificent Seven, was considered for the role of Hannibal in The A-Team, while George Peppard (Hannibal) was the original consideration for the role of Vin (played by Steve McQueen instead) in The Magnificent Seven.

Robert Vaughn, of course, actually appeared in the film.

According to Dirk Benedict, Robert Vaughn was actually added to the cast in season 5 because of his friendship with the notoriously difficult George Peppard. It was hoped that Vaughn would help ease worsening tensions between Peppard and Mr. T.






L’Agence tous risques (The A-Team) est une s茅rie t茅l茅vis茅e am茅ricaine en 98 茅pisodes de 45 minutes, cr茅茅e par Frank Lupo et Stephen J. Cannell, diffus茅e entre le 23 janvier 19831 et le 8 mars 1987 sur le r茅seau NBC.

En France, les saisons 1 脿 4 ont 茅t茅 diffus茅es 脿 partir du 1er juillet 1984 sur TF12. Diffusion de la saison 5 in茅dite du 5 f茅vrier 19963 au 16 f茅vrier 19964 sur TF1. Rediffusion int茅grale du 6 juillet 20025 au 8 mai 20046 sur M6. Puis en 20037 sur 13e rue, de juin 2010 脿 ao没t 2013 sur TMC ainsi qu’脿 partir du 16 d茅cembre 2013 jusqu’en juillet 2014 sur HD1 et depuis le 19 f茅vrier 2015 sur Paris Premi猫re.

Le 16 juin 2010, un film du m锚me nom est commercialis茅 par 20th Century Fox8.





Pendant la guerre du Vi锚t Nam, le chef hi茅rarchique de l’Agence tous risque, le g茅n茅ral Morrison, leur a donn茅 l’ordre de voler la banque de Hano茂 afin de pr茅cipiter la fin de la guerre. La mission est un succ猫s, mais quatre jours apr猫s la fin de la guerre, ils retrouvent le g茅n茅ral assassin茅 par les Viet Cong, le quartier g茅n茅ral 茅tant enti猫rement br没l茅. Par cons茅quent, aucune preuve indiquant que l’Agence tous risques agissait sur ordre n’existe. Les membres passent alors devant une cour de justice militaire, celle-ci les condamnant 脿 la prison. Incarc茅r茅s aux 脡tats-Unis, ils s’茅vadent rapidement et m猫nent d茅sormais une vie de mercenaires au service 芦 de la veuve et de l’orphelin 禄, combattant les injustices locales.


Acteurs principaux

George Peppard 聽: colonel John 芦 Hannibal 禄 Smith

Dirk Benedict 聽: lieutenant Peck 芦 Fut茅 禄 Templeton (VO : 芦 Face 禄) (脿 partir de l’茅pisode 2)

Dwight Schultz 聽: capitaine Henry 芦 Looping 禄 Murdock (VO : 芦 Howling Mad 禄)

Mister T. 聽: sergent Bosco Albert 芦 Barracuda 禄 Baracus (VO : 芦 B. A. 禄

Melinda Culea 聽: Amy Amanda 芦 Triple A 禄 Allen (saisons 1 et 2)

Robert Vaughn 聽: g茅n茅ral Hunt Stockwell (saison 5)

Eddie Velez 聽: Frankie Santana (saison 5)

Tim Dunigan 聽: lieutenant Templeton 芦 Fut茅 禄 Peck (VO : 芦 Face 禄) (茅pisode pilote uniquement)



L’Agence tous risques a 茅t茅 cr茅茅e par les producteurs am茅ricains Stephen J. Cannell et Frank Lupo 脿 la demande du pr茅sident du r茅seau NBC, Brandon Tartikoff.

Stephen J. Cannell a 茅t茅 renvoy茅 de chez ABC au d茅but des ann茅es 1980, apr猫s avoir 茅chou茅 dans sa tentative de produire une 茅mission 脿 succ猫s pour la cha卯ne. Cannell est engag茅 脿 la NBC et son premier projet 茅tait de cr茅er L’Agence tous risques.

Brandon Tartikoff consid猫re l’茅mission comme un m茅lange de Les Douze Salopards, Mission Impossible, Les Sept Mercenaires, Mad Max et Capitaine Furillo, avec 芦 Mr. T conduisant l’engin. 禄

L’Agence tous risques n’茅tait, au d茅part, pas consid茅r茅e comme une future s茅rie 脿 succ猫s, mais Stephen J. Cannell explique que George Peppard 茅tait persuad茅 qu’elle deviendrait un succ猫s 芦 avant m锚me que l’on allume la cam茅ra 禄13. L’茅mission se popularise ; le premier 茅pisode, diffus茅e juste apr猫s le Super Bowl XVII le 30 janvier 1983, atteint 26,4 % de l’audience sur la cha卯ne, le classant ainsi quatri猫me sur l’脡chelle de Nielsen.

Le titre original de la s茅rie vient des 芦 Special Forces 禄 (SF, 芦 forces sp茅ciales 禄), que les am茅ricains surnomment A-Teams et populairement connues sous le surnom des 芦 b茅rets verts 禄 (green berets), qui sont une des forces sp茅ciales de l’US Army.

Sp茅cialis茅es dans la guerre non conventionnelle, les actions commandos et la formation de troupes alli茅es, elles ont, depuis leur cr茅ation au d茅but des ann茅es 1950, 茅t茅 engag茅es dans la plupart des conflits impliquant les 脡tats-Unis.

La s茅rie s’inscrit dans un contexte particulier aux 脡tats-Unis, qui voit appara卯tre divers avatars de v茅t茅rans de la guerre du Vi锚t Nam, comme le d茅tective priv茅 Thomas Magnum ou le sergent T.J. Hooker.



Rapatri茅s apr猫s la fin officielle de la guerre, en 1975, de tr猫s nombreux v茅t茅rans am茅ricains ont 茅prouv茅 de grandes difficult茅s 脿 se r茅int茅grer dans une soci茅t茅 qui ne les reconnaissait plus.

D’une part, les traumatismes physiques et psychologiques des soldats les rendaient extr锚mement fragiles, d’autre part, 脿 la frustration patriotique de la population s’est ajout茅 le rejet de soldats dont l’opinion publique d茅couvrit brusquement les techniques de combat.

En effet, si l’Am茅rique moyenne soutenait la guerre au d茅but des ann茅es 1960, dans un contexte de guerre froide, il en allait tout autrement quinze ans plus tard.

Les milliers de morts et de bless茅s dans le camp am茅ricain ne trouvaient plus aucun sens dans l’opinion publique, tandis que de nombreux journalistes r茅v茅laient la nature des combats, opposant des soldats lourdement arm茅s 脿 des combattants m锚l茅s 脿 la population.

Des photos d’enfants br没l茅s au napalm ont t么t fait de retourner le peuple am茅ricain contre une guerre jug茅e mal pr茅par茅e, id茅ologiquement discut茅e et grande consommatrice d’hommes et d’argent public.

Dans ce contexte d’apr猫s-guerre, la soci茅t茅 am茅ricaine rejette les v茅t茅rans du Vi锚t Nam, une attitude illustr茅e notamment par la chanson Born in the USA de Bruce Springsteen, le film Rambo ou plus tard le film N茅 un 4 juillet avec Tom Cruise.

L鈥橝gence tous risques en est une autre illustration, puisque des soldats ayant agi sur ordre de la hi茅rarchie se retrouvent face 脿 la justice de leur pays, pour un d茅lit qu’ils n’ont commis que dans le cadre de leur fonction.

脡vad茅s, ils seront pourchass茅s pour ce d茅lit, ne parvenant pas 脿 faire reconna卯tre par le d茅partement de la D茅fense le contexte dans lequel les faits reproch茅s ont 茅t茅 commis.

Par ailleurs, d’un point de vue plus strictement formel, la s茅rie marque une 茅volution (ou du moins y participe) dans la structure des personnages. Autrefois seul, tel un Colombo ou une Arabesque, le h茅ros se multiplie, ici par quatre, offrant plus de possibilit茅s d’identification au spectateur.


Chaque personnage est nettement marqu茅 dans ses singularit茅s, l’ensemble formant une 茅quipe h茅t茅rog猫ne mais n茅anmoins soud茅e, o霉 tous les grands types de caract猫res se reconna卯tront.

Cette formule d’茅criture des s茅ries coexistera n茅anmoins avec d’autres personnages isol茅s, tels Magnum ou MacGyver, mais elle continuera de se d茅velopper pour atteindre un casting 茅tendu dans des s茅ries comparable 脿 聽Jump Street, Beverly Hills 聽ou Urgences. Dans ces derniers exemples, il est possible de voir appara卯tre une n茅buleuse de personnages, chacun d茅veloppant une histoire parall猫le ou imbriqu茅e avec celle des autres protagonistes.

De multiples spectateurs peuvent d茅sormais s’identifier 脿 un personnage en particulier, peu importe leur race, sexe, religion ou orientation sexuelle dans certains cas.

Enfin, pour les s茅ries plus r茅centes, une telle 茅volution correspond peut-锚tre aussi aux plans de carri猫re des acteurs, qui profitent des s茅ries pour d茅velopper une carri猫re au cin茅ma (tels Johnny Depp) ou pas (Jason Priestley).

Dans une telle perspective, les producteurs de la s茅rie ne peuvent se permettre d’interrompre une saison 脿 cause du d茅part du r么le-titre. La multiplication des h茅ros offre une solution 脿 ce probl猫me, puisqu’une s茅rie peut se passer d’un personnage dont l’histoire dira qu’il est parti 脿 l’茅tranger, d茅c茅d茅 ou quoi que ce soit qui explique son absence au g茅n茅rique.


Saisons une 脿 quatre


Les 茅pisodes sont en g茅n茅ral construits sur des sch茅mas tr猫s semblables. Le d茅but de l’茅pisode correspond 脿 la prise de contact entre un client qui est terroris茅 par une association de malfaiteurs ou un potentat local.

La mani猫re classique de cette rencontre est que le client entre en contact alors qu’Hannibal Smith est d茅guis茅, afin de v茅rifier que le client n’est pas en r茅alit茅 脿 la solde des militaires.

Dans d’autres cas, l’Agence est en train de rouler et tombe sur quelqu’un qui a besoin d’aide. La plupart du temps, les honoraires pour l’intervention de l’Agence ne sont soit pas demand茅s, soit pas per莽us ou sont r茅cup茅r茅s d’une autre mani猫re (en pr茅levant sur l’argent des malfaiteurs par exemple).

G茅n茅ralement, Looping n’est pas pr茅sent dans l’茅quipe car il est intern茅 dans un h么pital psychiatrique, et l’Agence utilise en g茅n茅ral Fut茅 pour aller le r茅cup茅rer gr芒ce 脿 divers stratag猫mes.

Ou alors il s’茅vade de lui-m锚me pour aller rejoindre l’Agence. Dans beaucoup d’茅pisodes, il aime avoir un objet ou un animal qui ne le quitte pas jusqu’脿 la fin, tel qu’un cafard, un homard, une chaussette, avec lequel il agace g茅n茅ralement Barracuda avec ses fac茅ties.

Ensuite, l’Agence qui doit se rendre sur le lieu des crimes et d茅lits des malfaiteurs emprunte parfois l’avion, ce que Barracuda d茅teste particuli猫rement auquel cas ils doivent l’endormir.

Une fois sur les lieux, il y a souvent une annonce d’Hannibal aux malfaiteurs indiquant qu’ils doivent d茅sormais compter avec eux. Cela produit en g茅n茅ral une bagarre sans armes que l’Agence gagne facilement, tout en laissant curieusement leurs ennemis s’茅chapper.

Peut-锚tre dans l’espoir que ces derniers, impressionn茅s par les membres de l’Agence, abandonnent leurs entreprises malhonn锚tes et s’en aillent.

Les antagonistes reviennent et au lieu de tuer les membres de l’Agence, les laissent (souvent, sans m锚me les ligoter et/ou les b芒illonner) dans une grange, un garage ou un entrep么t, voire une mine.

Priv茅s de leurs armes, ils ont n茅anmoins 脿 leur disposition du mat茅riel tel que de l’ac茅tyl猫ne, de la poudre, des t么les et des tubes d’acier permettant 脿 Barracuda de bricoler des armes ou de refaire fonctionner un engin (voiture, tracteur…) ce qui leur permet de s’茅chapper, et d’arriver 脿 arr锚ter les malfaiteurs.

Dans d’autres cas, Looping arrive 脿 prendre le contr么le d’un h茅licopt猫re, souvent sous le nez de son propri茅taire, ce qui permet de constituer un appui a茅rien non n茅gligeable.

L’arrestation finale des m茅chants se fait parfois par un combat 脿 mains nues, qui oppose toujours les m茅chants 脿 l’agence en respectant la hi茅rarchie (Hannibal contre le chef de l’茅quipe, Barracuda contre le noir ou le plus costaud des m茅chants), ou alors au terme d’une des innombrables poursuites hom茅riques de la s茅rie, qui permettent 脿 chaque fois d’admirer les talents de pilote de Barracuda au volant de sa camionnette ou d’un bolide 茅trange bricol茅 par l’agence.

Ils doivent souvent partir rapidement apr猫s l’arrestation des m茅chants pour 茅chapper aux colonels Lynch ou Decker. Dans tous les cas, il n’y a en g茅n茅ral, m锚me avec l’utilisation d’armes de guerres mortelles, pas de personnes qui soient tu茅es, voire s茅rieusement bless茅es.

La plupart du temps, les ennemis sont sonn茅s, ou tr猫s l茅g猫rement bless茅s (une douleur 脿 un membre ou 脿 la t锚te). Il n’y a eu, en tout et pour tout, que deux morts dans toute la s茅rie. Cette s茅rie est devenue pour cette raison un genre 脿 part enti猫re dans la t茅l茅vision, puisque c’est la premi猫re s茅rie violente 脿 avoir 茅t茅 diffus茅e aux heures de grande 茅coute aux 脡tats-Unis justement en raison de l’absence, ou presque, de morts.

脌 ce titre, la s茅rie appara卯t quelquefois peu cr茅dible, notamment dans l’茅pisode Tirez sur le Cheik, o霉 l’h茅licopt猫re des m茅chants s’茅crase contre une falaise et que leurs occupants en ressortent indemnes.

Cinqui猫me saison

L’avant-derni猫re saison perdant en popularit茅[r茅f. n茅cessaire], le format de la s茅rie a 茅t茅 chang茅 pour la derni猫re saison (1986-1987).

Apr猫s avoir 茅chapp茅 pendant des ann茅es aux militaires, l鈥橝gence tous risques est finalement arr锚t茅e. Ils ont le choix entre retourner en prison, 锚tre ex茅cut茅s ou 锚tre affect茅s 脿 une agence gouvernementale dirig茅e par le g茅n茅ral Hunt Stockwell qui r茅alise des missions secr猫tes. Ils choisissent de travailler avec Stockwell.


Arr锚t de la s茅rie

Selon le producteur Stephen J. Cannell, la s茅rie s’est arr锚t茅e au bout de cinq ans parce qu’elle devenait de plus en plus ch猫re 脿 produire. Qui plus est, les acteurs George Peppard, Dirk Benedict et Mr. T 茅taient de plus en plus d茅motiv茅s (ce dernier avait d’ailleurs sa propre s茅rie, de 1988 脿 1990).


L’Agence tous risques b茅n茅ficie de g茅n茅riques diff茅rents 脿 chaque saison, avec une accroche commune : 芦 Il y a dix ans (en 1972), une unit茅 de commando d’茅lite stationn茅e au Vi锚t Nam fut envoy茅e en prison par un tribunal militaire, pour un crime qu’ils n’avaient pas commis.

Ces hommes s’茅vad猫rent rapidement de leur prison militaire de haute s茅curit茅, se r茅fugiant dans les bas-fonds de Los Angeles. Aujourd’hui, encore recherch茅s par le gouvernement, ils fuient encore et toujours devant leurs poursuivants et survivent comme des mercenaires.

Si vous avez un probl猫me, si vous 锚tes seul, si personne ne peut vous aider, si vous 锚tes accul茅, si la justice ne peut plus rien pour vous, il vous reste un recours, un seul : l’Agence tous risques. 禄

Plus tard, au cours de la saison 2, l’accroche fut modifi茅e : 芦 accus茅s d’un vol qu’ils n’ont pas commis, n’ayant aucun moyen d’en faire la preuve, ils fuient sans cesse devant leurs poursuivants. Pour subsister, ils emploient leurs comp茅tences. Si la loi ne peut plus rien pour vous, il vous reste un recours, un seul : l’Agence tous risques. 禄