In this 1990 ep, Greevey and Logan look into the demeaning interactions and abuse in a seemingly respectable middle class family. A child dies of abuse, her mother is a junkie and her father is a crazy abuser. This was good and was based on the Lisa Steinberg murder of 1987.
“The next time I enter a church, six of my closest buddies will be carrying me.”
This 2004 ep sees the abusive killer from ‘Indifference’, Jacob Lowenstein, get out of jail on parole. His ex-wife Carla has rebuilt her life but is still traumatised. Jacob got a law degree in jail, still has no remorse and moves in with a woman and her children. Then he is run over and killed by his therapist. This was okay.
Night Sins (1997)
This creepy TV miniseries stars Valerie Bertinelli and Harry Hamlin. It focuses on murders and worse in a morally bankrupt town.
The original colour pilot for the show that was later recut, reshot, re-edited and renamed. UNCLE suffers an infiltration by THRUSH during which nobody speaks for 5 minutes. The colour looks dodgy. Napoleon Solo has a troll doll face and an ugly hairstyle. Illya has a Russian accent and Beatles hair. Their boss is Mr Allison. THRUSH plan to assassinate an African leader (the dude from ‘Blacula’). So Solo gets a slideshow exposition dump. Solo is a stirrer. Illya acts like a logistical advisor. Solo orders Elaine the one time college girlfriend of a THRUSH lackey to cosy up to the window-licker.
Elaine hints at the ferociously unequal gender dynamics. She isn’t as annoying as the innocent was in the season 2 ep ‘Foxes and Hounds Affair’
. Solo is divested of sympathy, human decency and understanding. He seems to have palpable contempt for everyone. There is stilted acting. A woman on a plane has a gun in her hand luggage. 60s wedding cake hair, clothes and interior design is on display. Andrew Vulcan reunites with Elaine in a cloyingly contrived way. This leads to a twist and a death trap.
This was okay Bond on TV. People die due to lack of health and safety and the villains are hoist with their own petard. Why was Vulcan such a swivel-eyed loon? We never find out. The housewife wails about never being seen by her family and then goes back to suffocating suburbia. This was okay.
“Fine emotional balance.”
“I bet she’s fat.”
“Death will come rather slowly.”
“I will erect statues to their martyrdom.”
“That is their way.”
“We don’t know.”
The Vulcan Affair
This was recut, re-edited, shortened and reshot from the original pilot ‘Solo’. Season one was in black & white. Mr Allison has been replaced by Mr Waverly (the decayed looking Leo G. Carroll). The arrogant and disconnected Solo’s hairstyle changes from scene to scene. Elaine’s cover name is different than in ‘Solo’. Despite Solo’s smarm and Illya only having a tiny bit part this was okay. But why didn’t they edit out Solo perving over the woman on the train? Why did no-one tell Robert Vaughn to tone down his clamorosuly manic gurning performance as Solo? I don’t yet get how Solo and Illya became such iconic figures but I want to see more.
A Stray Howl
Jane’s emotional functioning is tested. Kurt has a sister and a nephew. Jane knows guns. Kurt cannot countenance being around his father. Jane has a memory of killing someone. Jane knows codes and ciphers. Another tattoo is decoded. Kurt’s sidekicks get names. A pilot plots murderous extremes. Drones are used. Most of the men have 1985 ‘Miami Vice’ like stubble.
A General (Cotter Smith) won’t say much. 25 years ago when Kurt was 10 his friend Taylor Shaw vanished and he thinks Jane Doe is Taylor returned to him. There is idiot ball plotting. Who is weirdbeard who is following Jane? Not everyone shares Kurt’s fondness for Jane. The pilot plans revenge to increasingly horrific effect.
Kurt’s minions include Tasha who is sneery, Reed who is a doubter and Patterson who is bouncy. Jane is not as oft naked as she was in 1x01. People disapprove of drones being used on Americans, foreigners are fine though. Where did the pilot get the assault rifle? There are gunfights and the gang are unable to work effectively just yet.
The pilot is either praised or damned. There is a car chase. Kurt and Jane try to help but manage, helplessly, only to hurt. People are increasingly accepting of weirdness. Kurt is estranged from his father who was accused of kidnapping and killing Taylor. Now his dad is dying. This was goodish.
“So, a lot then.”
“Tattoos aren’t a probable cause.”
“Couldn’t I just kick the door down? I mean it didn’t look that heavy.”
“I think Jane Doe is Taylor Shaw.”