The A-Team TV show and movie

The big screen version of 'The A-Team' hits theaters this weekend. If you are a person who still wears your "Team Face" or "Team Hannibal" t-shirts out in public, you may have some questions about the small but important changes that have been made to your beloved franchise in its adaptation from television to theaters. Since you have questions, and no one else can help, and because you can find us, we will attempt to answer these questions about ... 'The A-Team.' (cue music)
The A-Team TV show and movie


The big screen version of 'The A-Team' hits theaters this weekend. If you are a person who still wears your "Team Face" or "Team Hannibal" t-shirts out in public, you may have some questions about the small but important changes that have been made to your beloved franchise in its adaptation from television to theaters. Since you have questions, and no one else can help, and because you can find us, we will attempt to answer these questions about ... 'The A-Team.' (cue music)

Q: The A-Team is still made up of Vietnam veterans, right?
A: Oh, come on. Do you really want to see a bunch of guys in their 60s running around on screen righting wrongs? That what Sylvester Stallone's 'The Expendables' is for. No, this 'A-Team' fights during the American withdrawal from the current war in Iraq; which means it takes place either in the near future or in one of those 'Lost'-style "flash-sideways" dimensions.

Q: Are Hannibal, Face and B.A. still convicted of a crime they didn't commit?
A: Yes, eventually. This is an origin story, so it shows us what the crime was and how they were framed. Also of note: In the original television show, Murdock was never convicted along with the other three. In this version, Murdock stands trial with the other three.

Q: Is B.A. still afraid to fly?
A: Again, eventually. We see why he develops that particular phobia, too.



Q: Does B.A. still pity the fool?
A: Yes. And he has the tattoos to prove it.

Q: Does The A-Team still drive around in that cool black van with a red stripe?
A: For about two minutes.

Q: Do the bad guys fly harmlessly through the air when an explosion goes off just like in the television show?
A: No, in this version they seem to just blow up.

Q: Is Amy Allen -- the reporter that helped The A-Team for a season-and-a-half before mysteriously leaving the show -- in the movie?
A: No.

Q: Is Colonel Lynch, who tries to catch The A-Team in the television show, in the film?
A: Kind of. Now he's a CIA operative played by Nite Owl from 'Watchmen' (Patrick Wilson).

Q: In the television show, The A-Team would help ordinary people who couldn't turn to anybody else. Is this still the case?
A: Well, not really. Unless you consider the actual members of The A-Team ordinary people who couldn't turn to anybody else.

Q: Is it true that the guy who played Major Dad plays an important role in the film?

A: We prefer to remember him (Gerald McRaney) from 'Simon & Simon.' Come to think of it, when will that show be adapted for the big screen?

Q: In the previous answer, were you referring to 'Major Dad' or 'Simon & Simon'?
A: Either one!

Q: Does Hannibal still love it when a plan comes together?
A: Oh, does he ever. And he lets us know on more than one occasion how much he loves the completion of a plan.

Q: Is 1980s television star Dirk Benedict unnecessarily angry about this adaptation like he was with 'Battlestar Galactica'?
A: We were starting to worry that Dirk was mellowing in recent years. After his open letter against all things 'Battlestar Galatica' for the audacity of casting a woman as Starbuck, it seems, at first, Benedict was pleased with 'The A-Team.' He even filmed a cameo! Turns out, he's now upset because his cameo was too short. (To be fair, he may be right. We never saw him in the film.)

Q: Is "Howlin' Mad" Murdock still "Howlin' Mad"?
A: Yes, and he is by far the best thing about the film.

Q: Remember in the fifth season of 'The A-Team' when they brought in new team members, such as Frankie "Dishpan Man" Santana, to boost ratings? Is that guy in the film?
A: Thankfully, no. And neither is Cousin Oliver from 'The Brady Bunch.'

Q: How many stars of 'Mad Men' appear in the television series 'The A-Team'?
A: Zero.

Q: How many stars of 'Mad Men' appear in the movie version of 'The A-Team'?
A: One. (We can't tell you who it is, since we don't want to spoil it for you.)

Q: Does Culture Club lead singer Boy George reprise his role has "himself" in the film version?
A: We could only wish.