|Kung Fu: The Legend Continues|
Intro title screen for Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
|Country of origin||Canada, USA|
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is a spin-off of the 1972-1975 television series Kung Fu. David Carradine and Chris Potter star as a father and son trained in the martial art of kung fu. The series aired in syndication for four seasons from 27 January 1993 to 1 January 1997. Filming took place in Toronto.
Like his grandfather and namesake from the original TV series, Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) is a Shaolin priest. He was the head of a temple in Northern California, where his son Peter (Chris Potter) also lived and studied, until the temple was destroyed in a fire caused by a renegade priest who believed the priests would serve better as mercenaries. Each believing the other had perished, they went their separate ways: Caine travelled, while Peter eventually became a police officer. The series begins when Caine comes to the city's Chinatown section, where Peter's precinct is, and they are reunited after being separated for fifteen years.
Caine is highly intelligent, wise, and honorable, as well as a master of kung fu. However, as the series progresses, we find out that his extensive training and mastery of many various arts and skills allow him to perform impressive and often impossible superhuman feats, including opening locked doors, extinguishing flame with the wave of a hand, going without oxygen for extended periods of time, and even using forms of pyrokinesis and psychokinesis.
Raised by a foster family in the "real world", and believing for so long that his family was all dead, Peter has become somewhat cynical and cold. At the beginning of the series, he very much personifies the stereotypical, average, big city police detective, having forgotten and buried much of what he was taught as a child. Later in the series, Peter undergoes the full Shaolin training regimen and completes it successfully, but stops short of becoming a priest until the series finale.
The show was canceled when its producer, Prime Time Entertainment Network (also known as PTEN), ceased operations and no other network opted to continue the series.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.