The Rider Review
By Johnny Betts
Hello and welcome to the Rider Review. My name is Johnny Betts. I'm a fan of the Young
Riders, and I'm also a very gifted writer (at least that's what I tell myself). I decided
it was time for me to add my own voice to The Young Riders world, and what better way to
do that than by writing episode reviews for all my future fans to enjoy?
The purpose of the Rider Review is to enlighten and entertain. I'll give you my take on
various characters, plot lines, goofs, and anything else that pops in my mind during an
episode. You, the reader, won't always agree with what I say (not at first, anyway), but
you'll be entertained by it nonetheless. That's what it's all about -- entertainment.
The majority of you fine people have most likely been led to believe that mediocrity is
excellence. Wrong -- JOHNNY BETTS IS EXCELLENCE. And now, for the second time in
Young Riders history, you have a man who can entertain you! You have a man who is good
enough for you! You have a man who can make you jump up off your chairs, raise your
filthy, fat little hands in the air, and scream "Go Johnny Go! Go Johnny Go! Go Johnny
Go!" (All 3 people reading this chant along.)
Thank you. Exciting times lie ahead my fellow Young Riders fans. Exciting times lie
Well, enough of my self-aggrandizement, let's move on. I know most fans have a favorite
rider. Well, let me just go ahead and warn you there's a pretty good chance that no matter
who your favorite rider is, they'll most likely get some good-natured ribbing along the
way. Unless you're a fan of Jimmy, of course. He was just too cool to do much stuff that
can be made fun of, but just to be fair I'll try my very best to make fun of everybody at
one time or another. Also, in each episode, I will have a "line of the episode" where I'll
pick the very best line(s) of the episode. I suggest you print it out and put it up
somewhere at home or work where you'll be the envy of all. See what I'm doing here? This is
more than just a silly review of a long-canceled TV show; it's a public service. In time
you'll learn to appreciate it.
That's enough introductory info. I'll add new and exciting gimmicks as we go along, but I know
you're eager to start reading reviews so I shall let you do that
The Rider Reviews originally appeared on the
website in October 2001. Wildly popular amongst Young Riders fans, the reviews have
garnered Johnny quite a bit of fame, awards, and ego. The reviews can still be seen in
their original format on the
Riders Coming! site.
Thanks to Aimee at Kidnation,
Gail and Jamie at
Rival Riders, Ann and her
Lair, Beth at Saddles 'n'
Spurs, and Heather for
providing the screenshots.