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Thunder, in par-a-dise!
Messin' with him is like rollin' the dice.
Thunder, in par-a-dise!
Mess with him an' you're playing with your life...

Ex-Navy SEALS Randolph J. "Hurricane" Spencer (played by Hulk Hogan) and Martin "Bru" Brubaker (played by Chris Lemmon, son of Jack Lemmon) use a super-powered transforming powerboat (the CG was just about cool enough for them to use it on the opening titles) to fight crime at sea, Knight Rider style. It worked surprisingly well, really, possibly due to the catchy theme tune.

If you've seen Knight Boat on The Simpsons, you know the concept already.


Troping! In par-a-dise!

  • Bigger on the Inside: The 'Thunder' itself.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Applies to a lot of the one-off villains.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Why recurring villain Hammerhead behaves the way he does. One of the final episodes implies he gets better.
  • Buried Treasure: The MacGuffin of the pilot.
  • Bus Crash: In the third episode, it's revealed that Spencer's new wife Megan died off-screen, forcing him and Bru to raise her daughter Jessica.
  • The Cameo: Several wrestler friends of Hogan appear as background characters, including Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Brutus Beefcake, and Jimmy Hart. The latter two are even 2nd & 3rd Best Men for his wedding in the pilot.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In "Deadly Lessons", Spencer calls his daughter to wish her luck on her first school day - while he's in a firefight in the middle of South America. He tries to convince her that the gunfight is a fiesta.
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  • The Comically Serious: Spencer and Uncle Edward.
  • Cool Boat: The "Thunder".
  • Damsel in Distress: Kelly and Jessica both get captured a lot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Spencer, Bru, Kelly, and Uncle Edward.
  • Femme Fatale: Shannon Daring, the main villainess of the episode "Queen of Hearts" (which guest-starred Terry Funk).
  • I'm Going to Disney World!: Said word for word in the episode "Blast Off", in response to a reporter who asks Spencer what he's going to do now that he's saved a Senator from assassination. It seems like a throwaway line at first, but a few scenes later Spencer gets a call from Disney, and he actually DOES go there, complete with a montage of Spencer and Jessica on various Magic Kingdom rides. (An easy scene to film, considering most of the series filmed in Disney World anyway.)
  • Marriage of Convenience: see On One Condition.
  • Military Salute: In a flashback, the protagonists are shown sharing a goofy salute with their commanding officer.
  • On One Condition: In the Pilot, Megan Whittaker, who has been pining for Spencer, talks him into marrying her, because he needs money to pay off a bank loan and she needs to get married in order to fulfill her father's will's demand.
  • Pool Scene: Repeatedly.
  • Spy Satellites: In the pilot episode, Bru looks for a spy satellite nearby to hack into from his Cool Boat, finds one, and acts as a Mission Control for Spencer.


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