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The Green Hornet (1966 -1967) Eps 12+23 Reviewed

Ep 12

Deadline For Death

In a flurry of bad acting Mike Axford is arrested and accused of murder. It's a shame that the movie version of Mike Axford had nothing to do, seriously they had Edward James Olmos and he did zero. Anyway this tv show was done completely straight and serious so it holds up much better than the Adam West 'Batman' series.

Britt Reid is not happy about Axford, possibly because his paper seems to employ no other reporters. So he and Kato suit up to seek out the devious female who got Axford into trouble. As Black Beauty drives out of its secret hideout via the Candy Mints sign, one has to wonder -what would happen if someone wanted to change that sign?

The Green Hornet's suit looks grey in this ep and he wants answers about Axford's plight. Van Williams goes all Nic 'gets intense at the end of a sentence' Cage on the word 'answers'. While off duty Kato wears black not that horrible white uniform he is forced into in other eps.

The Green Hornet has a walkie talkie in a pocket watch apparently. He tracks down those who framed Mike and they get into a fight. The Green Hornet comes out the worst but for some reason, no-one pulls his mask off. Kato shows up and uses the Sting to open a door but then hands it back to the Green Hornet. Then the duo chase a plane in Black Beauty.

Lenore wears a vile pink dress. Mike Axford is freed, he notices how Reid dismisses his comments on the Green Hornet but makes nothing of it. This was okayish, I think Britt Reid enjoyed menacing people as the Hornet.

Best Lines:
"I know nothing about nothing"

"Kato, do you read me?"
Loud and clear. Do you want me?"

"The Green Hornet never travels alone. His man is around here someplace."

"Faster Kato."


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Ep 23

Alias The Scarf

Waxworks of the Green Hornet and Kato have been installed in The Chamber Of Evil. The not very good waxworks stand alongside The Scarf, a one time serial killer who was never caught. Soon thereafter the waxwork of The Scarf apparently comes to life and attacks people, kills people and strikes poses in the fog bound streets.

DA Scanlon asks Britt Reid to sort it out. Mike Axford and DA Scanlon have been in the same room as Kato numerous times and they've never said a word to him. The only person who seems to talk to Kato is Reid. Plus while in action as his 'evil' self, why is he always described as the Hornet's 'man'?

Leaving aside The Scarf (which is a dumb name o'evil), let's look at the crimes against fashion in this ep. Kato wears his white uniform that has a bowtie. Even Bruce Lee can't make that ensemble look good. Lenore Casey wears a blue skirt and a hideous yellow/green poloneck. She looks like a Picasso gone wrong.

Green Hornet and Kato look for clues. Kato kicks down a door. Reid chats to a dumb stripper. The Scarf (John Carradine) is unmasked and Kato chokes him out. This was a dull ep. Still it had a scene where Reid and Kato were standing around in their costumes without the hats and masks and they looked yummy, with a spoon.

Best Lines:
"Even the greatest can be replaced as will The Green Hornet himself one day."

"That should ease the panic, convince people there isn't a waxen dummy running around."
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