Gun in hand, the Mayor of Palm Springs leans forward, contempt written all over
“You need to go,” he tells the child molester in a slow drawl,
his icy stare never wavering as he takes a long drag on his cigarette.
“I ain’t going anywhere,” the molester answers, his 6-foot, 230-pound
frame quickly rising above the smaller man. “Punk.”
Mayor blasts him, blowing his kneecap clean off.
That’s a scene, as reported in today’s Desert Sun, from MAYOR OF PALM SPRINGS, a spec TV pilot being shot by Melarkie Brothers, an independant film company in the Coachella Valley. It’s not actually about The Mayor, the politician who runs the city. It’s just one of those TV titles that’s a play on words.
The show follows the exploits of Mayor Task, a good-guy cop turned Palm Springs
pool man who’s been recruited by a secret society to dole out justice, vigilante
Wait a minute. A vigilante pool man?
The scene Sunday depicted Mayor’s first assignment for the secret society:
confronting a known child molester.
“He wants to help people, that’s the
only thing he knows and loves,” Kienzle said of his character. “But he can’t do
it, because he was fired for dropping a gun at another crime scene to help out
The spec pilot is being directed by Bruce Carson, who makes a living shooting second-unit stunt work for feature films. This is the second project for Melarkie Brothers. They did a
short called “5 Minutes Alone” about what would happen if the state allowed the victims of crime five minutes alone with the criminals who have ruined their
lives. I’m sensing a theme here.
The Melarkie Brothers say they’re optimistic about the prospects for “Mayor of
Palm Springs,” but if it fails they say they’re not going to give up. This is
more than a hobby, and they are more than weekend warriors, they say.
“This is just about a bunch of guys that have a passion to make and tell
stories,” Miller said.
As long as they’re stories about people beating the crap out of criminals. Here’s my advice. If they really want to capture the way of life in Palm Springs, their next vigilante hero should be in his 70s. Or 80s. Patrick MacNee lives in Palm Springs. Maybe they can talk him into starring. He was an Avenger, after all. They could call it RAGING WATERS… as in Nick Waters, an angry ex- cop with dentures of doom and arthritic fists of fury who mows down bad guys with his slow-moving Buick Regal. Just a thought.