Jack of All Trades – Return of the Dragoon

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2021

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Jack of All Trades – Return of the Dragoon
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Jack of All Trades - Return of the Dragoon television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the 19th Century Southeast Asia and an American hero named Jack. After rescuing, and bedding, the niece (Kim Michalis) of President Thomas Jefferson (Charles Pierard), American spy Jack Stiles (Bruce Campbell) is reassigned by the President to the French-controlled East Indian island of Pulau-Pulau. Along with English spy Mrs. Emilia Smythe Rothschild (Angela Marie Dotchin), Jack is tasked with stopping Napoleon’s threats to the United States. The make it up as you go philosophy of Jack, which is likely to get him slapped in the face by any nearby woman, ends up with him adopting the role of a local legendary figure known as the Daring Dragoon in order to protect the covers of both himself and Emilia.

The goofy over-the-top concept fit right into Campbell’s wheelhouse while featuring running gags, sexual innuendo, and wildly inaccurate versions of historical figures and events. Despite coming up with the costume on the fly (and originally relying on a mask made from Emilia’s bloomers), the Daring Dragoon turns out to have a pretty good look. The episode also introduces the idea of Emilia as an inventor and showcasing her hidden lab behind the fireplace (which turns out to be one of the episode’s more clever ideas). “Return of the Dragoon” also introduces Stuart Devenie and Stephen Papps as the main French antagonists to Jack’s mission.

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