Vanishing Son

I’m nostalgic today about mid-1990s television, since I recently started watching the show Nowhere Man. The pilot of this show was extremely well done, toying with the line of reality and paranoia in an effective way. The actors did a great job delivering simple but believable dialog. I never watched Nowhere Man in its days of syndication, but I did watch another show: Vanishing Son.

This was a brief martial arts series about Jian-Wa Chang (played by Russell Wong) and his brother Wago (played by Chi Muoi Lo) who fled to America for a better life. Wago fell in with a bad crowd and ended up getting killed by a gang (I think in the second episode), and goes onto give his brother advice from beyond the grave. Along with Wago, two federal agents were killed and Jian-Wa becomes the prime suspect in their murder. He has to constantly evade the law and defend himself against the gang he pursues to find his brother’s killer.

For some reason, I loved this show when it aired, and I can remember my friend James and I watching it religiously in our makeshift dojo/gym in his parents’ basement in North Utica. But true to its title, as quickly as it aired, it disappeared into the ether of forgotten television, apparently never to resurface. Has anyone else seen this show? It would be nice to find an online feed or pick it up on DVD, for nostalgia’s sake. In the meantime, I’ll finish the 25-episode run of Nowhere Man. It’s getting worse, episode, by episode, but I don’t care because it’s so 1995 that it puts a smile on my face.

  4 comments for “Vanishing Son

  1. 4/19/10 at 7:39 PM

    My brother and I were big fans of the Vanishing Son TV movies and the series that followed. In fact, I think we watched all of those Action Pack syndicated shows.

  2. Bret Woods
    4/20/10 at 4:31 PM

    I just remember nearly flipping out to see this show. Not in a twilight mom kind of way, but in a dude can you fucking believe it kind of way. So, now all we have to do is find it on DVD. In the meantime, Nowhere man is on icefilms.

  3. 5/7/10 at 9:48 AM

    I totally missed this post but I have been on a search for this TV series for over a decade. It’s impossible to find. I loved this show more than probably any person should love a TV show. It was epic for me in that phase of my life and would love to find it again.

  4. April Sandoval-Williams
    4/4/11 at 11:57 PM

    I also loved the vanishing son and watched all the episodes and wondered what happened? It was really good when it lasted.

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