The first of their two unconnected episodes of a one season wonder stitched together into a movie. In essence, it’s The A-Team with ninjas and some elements of Route 66. But if you think The A-Team is bad (and a considerable portion of the plots that series fielded were as poor as the title characters’ marksmanship), it has nothing on The Master.
The first half of the “movie” involves an evil businessman trying to claim a small airfield whose owner refuses to sell by any means necessary, so he can build a shopping center in its place. Then the second half awkwardly transitions to a San Francisco night club being harassed by a Tong syndicate for not paying protection.
The first half is notable for some recognizable guest actors. First and foremost is that the requisite damsel is none other than Demi Moore, in her pre-Brat Pack days. Then there’s the crooked sheriff portrayed by Bill McKinney. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll at least know of his minor yet unforgettable role in Deliverance, which is practically the only thing many people recall about that movie. You know, “Squeal like a pig!”
The second half is more tiresome, mostly due to the actor portraying the Tong boss. He regularly employs these Shatner-esque pauses which are intended to make him sound menacing, but instead have him come across as self-important. Looking at this mess, you can understand why Timothy Van Patten switched from acting to directing.