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SOSF S02E06 - "The Stamp of Death" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#6

(I really went to town on this one...)


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I don't think Nelson is miscast. As I indicated in my review, this episode is already pretty rank, so the writer probably resisted making Nelson into some kind of Charles Manson-like guru.

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Probably Maureen, mostly because I only know her as Marcia Brady. Just Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!! :)

I've seen Bosley in other roles, including MURDER, SHE WROTE and his starring role in FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES. Also he guested on BONANZA as a shifty and comical sort of guy, twice!

I'm not as familiar with Ricky. I remember seeing him in RIO BRAVO but that's it. I didn't watch OZZIE AND HARRIET.


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What's the worse miscast in The Streets of San Francisco for an actor/actress is thought of as wholesome:

1) Tom Bosley - The crook in "Going Home"
2) Ricky Nelson - The pimp in "Harem"
3) Maureen McCormick - The prostitute in "No More Minor Vices"
4) Other

I vote for Maureen McCormick.

For the record, I like the Ricky Nelson episode.


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Mike, what happened to your stars? Now we don't know what you think of the episode.

I don't think I cared much for "Harem" when I saw it. Of course that was a long time ago. Rick Nelson as a flute-playing sort of hippy pimp who lives on the street and wears sandals I guess was kind of an original idea. The typical 70s pimp was a black man with a big afro wearing lots of jewelry and some wild-colored suits and platform shoes, driving a cushioned pimpmobile. Still, I don't recall this one being particularly memorable. It was, however, written by John D.F. Black who wrote some of the very best FIVE-O episodes, including my personal favorites like "Rest in Peace, Somebody", "Candy and a Gun", "The Box", "Yesterday Died..."


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SOSF S02E07 -- "Harem" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#7


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On Going Home:
Mr. Mike,you make some good points on Eddie. Alcatraz housed some of the fiercest and dangerous criminals. Eddie doesn't seem to be that kind of criminal. It was also uncanny how the bad guys could find him. I like that he placed the money in the bear. Probably a 2 1/2 type of star rating. JC


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SOSF S02E05 - "Going Home" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#5


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Interesting that you brought that up Ringfire, because way back when, I did have Bosley and Doyle mixed up. They are so very similar.

By the way, I saw that Phil Silvers Gilligan's Island episode again yesterday. 50 years later, I'm still hysterically laughing. Silvers is a comedic genius and I think you need to watch that episode again. IMDB raters didn't back me up on Blue Skies, but they strongly back me up on "The Producer". The Mosquitoes episode is right there too with only the radioactive vegetable seeds episode rated higher.


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Exactly, Fred. In fact Tom Bosley reminds me of the other "Bosley", played by David Doyle on CHARLIE'S ANGELS. Doyle is actually even more slovenly, mostly due to his speech impediment (or lisp). I'm not saying I'd confuse the two if you put them side by side but they're similar in stature and play similar types of roles. And both are Bosley! I think both would be a perfect fit for this SOSF role.

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I agree with Ringfire that Bosley was cast appropriately as the non assuming crook in "Going Home". Plus, I don't think he's well known as "Mr. C" at that time. If there's a miscast issue, it's the "slovenly" Bosley hooking up with the "bombshell" North.

Nonetheless, "Going Home" is a solid episode. 3 stars at least.


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Mike, I'm not sure I understand why you think Bosley was miscast. You say it's not because he played Howard Cunningham on HAPPY DAYS. What other reason is there? Bosley is short and unassuming-looking (even a bit slovenly) and seems just fine for this type of shifty role. It's not like he's playing some ruthless hitman - that would be a stretch. I have no problem with his role here. He's played similar types of characters trying to hit it big in other shows as well. Speaking of TV dads, I'd say Robert Reed is much more iconic as Mr. Brady and we don't have a problem accepting him as a crook in both his FIVE-O appearances.

BTW, how come the stars disappeared? :!cry:


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I watched Going Home, the episode where Tom Bosley plays a low-level crook who breaks into a store owned by Five-O stalwart Milton Selzer and steals these bags which contain $100,000 of bookmaking proceeds. Bosley is totally miscast in this show, and not just because of his later persona as the father on Happy Days. Asking him to play a character like this with a bit of shadiness about him would be like getting Christopher Walken or James Woods to play a normal family man (Woods did play such a role in one film, as I recall). What was also weird about this show was the way that everyone from the cops to the hitmen were able to figure out who Bosley's character really was and where he would be at a moment's notice. Another Five-O actress, Sheree North, plays Bosley's ex-wife, and she looks kind of haggard. This article is interesting, it says that North was originally intended to be the successor to Marilyn Monroe! https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/nov/19/guardianobituaries.film

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One other thing to note about "For the Love of God" is that it has a very good and suspenseful score! I just checked it out again and at the beginning when Strauss takes out his gun and enters the confessional there's an excellent piece of suspenseful scoring there - it's the same score heard in season 1's excellent "Act of Duty". It's a Pat Williams score. Unfortunately I didn't pay much attention to SOSF music (the way I did with FIVE-O) so I don't know what other episodes used this music. But it's definitely a great mood-setter!

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SOSF S03E10 - "For Good or Evil" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#10


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I've really enjoyed these last Streets Of SF string of episodes and reviews. Some of the best episodes in the series. For Love Of God is a FAV of mine. Gregory & Strauss are 2 of my FAV actors and they have a good chemistry. I like this episode because it seems the institutionalized priest received a raw deal. He probably would have made a great priest. It always shocks me seeing priests killed. Similar to Father Jack being killed in Engaged To Be Buried. Stone dressed up in the priest garments heightens the suspense.
Before I Die also a solid episode. I like the Leslie Nielsen character Connor name I think. The episode makes you think:What would you do with the remaining time on Earth if you were given a grave diagnosis? He decides to pursue and kill a slimy criminal. Murray is a good cop and a good man. He couldn't allow his partner to murder someone. I would give both of these episodes 4 stars ****.


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I'm surprised "For the Love of God" didn't get 4 stars. That's one of the very best in the series, right up there with the likes of "Beyond Vengeance" and "Mask of Death". A superb episode and definitely the best from season 2. A top 5 or top 3 in the entire series! In fact it's so good that it's basically remade as a season 4 episode "Judgment Day" with Michael Burns as the nutbar who instead of killing priests kills judges. It's another excellent episode but I prefer this one just a bit more, maybe because I saw it first. There's definitely a DIRTY HARRY connection here - targeting a Catholic priest, Mount Davidson, the school bus finale. Fantastic stuff!

I'd flip this one and "Before I Die" and give the latter 3 stars instead. Another very good episode (about on par with "One Last Shot") but not quite as stellar as "Love of God". About on par with "Betrayed" though.


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"Before I Die" gets 4 stars. No argument there.

I had been so conditioned by seeing Leslie Nielsen in "Airplane" and the Naked Gun movies that I was not prepared for what I got from him in his three SoSF guest appearances or his "We Hang Our Own" Five-O episode. Mike's three very strong reviews for his SoSF appearances echoes my thinking. Nielsen was a fantastic dramatic actor.

I remember seeing him in "The Poseidon Adventure", but his role was minor as he was done in by the massive "tidal wave". (The wave being a ridiculously done up Hollywood fantasy as tidal waves don't act like how we saw in the movie. Rogue waves do, but that's not what we were suppose to have seen.)

I digress. RIP Leslie Nielsen and thank you for your acting contributions, funny as well as dramatic!


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SOSF S03E12 -- "License to Kill" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#12


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SOSF S03E04 - "Before I Die" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#4


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Glad to see "Before I Die" earned 4 stars. A great episode with Leslie Nielson! Season 2 of the Streets of SF has really started well with these first four shows. Looking forward to seeing the review for "Harem" which was another good show.

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SOSF S02E03 "For the Love of God" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#3


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For whatever reason I never really cared for "A Wrongful Death". I've seen it at least twice but it never engaged me the way "Daisies on His Coffin" or "Pig in a Blanket" on FIVE-O do. Luckily the next 3 were all superior episodes. I think "Betrayed" is a very good episode. In fact I think it's one of the first episodes I saw. Another in the line of great episodes directed by William Hale. I love the bank robbery and love triangle story here. Martin Sheen excels in playing these young ambitious executive yuppie types! Collin Wilcox (best remembered as the white trash Mayella Ewell in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, who accuses Brock Peters of raping her) is very good as the woman in desperate need of Sheen's love. Lenore Kasdorf was always a looker!

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I think Betrayed is a well-acted and solid Streets Of SF episode. Martin Sheen as a younger actor usually played these young businessman or lawyer types. A guy with upward mobility and drive. This time, Sheen plays Dean Knox a stockbroker type who intends to rob a bank and replace some embezzled funds. Knox pretends to love a bank employee Kate Evans and receives info about the bank schedule. Kate recognizes Knox voice during the bank robbery and a gold watch that is exposed when his shirt cuff lifts. Knox strikes her as she moves towards him. A beautiful woman Lindsay Campbell rounds out the love triangle. She's incredibly rich and sexy who Knox hopes to marry. Evans is in her early 40's. Her biological clock is ticking and possibly her last chance at romance. Even though Knox robbed the bank, she's willing to forgive that for love. There's a great scene when Evans confronts Lindsay. Kate's marking her territory and willing to do what it takes to keep Knox.
Time runs out for Dean Knox thanks to some great Stone & Keller investigative work. He intends to murder Kate Evans up on some cliffs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. She knows that he robbed the bank and killed the guard. Keller & Stone save Kate just in time. I would give Betrayed 3 stars but I think Mr. Mike's grade of 2 1/2 stars is quite sufficient. JC


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SOSF S02E02 - "Betrayed" review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#2


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A Wrongful Death is a solid episode in the Streets Of SF catalogue. Inspector Keller has a detective's worst nightmare. Shooting someone who is later found unarmed. This victim just a kid really Spencer. We have this happen in HFO episodes several times. And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin, Pig In A Blanket, "V" for Vashon The Patriarch etc. These are usually emotional episodes. The victims families are rightfully angry and usually want justice. The shooter this time it's Keller. Stone & Keller with strong investigating and shoe leather unravel the truth. AL was authentic as an emotional Dad losing a son. I have to admit Stone catching Lonnie a little farfetched. The Epilog was okay. The Cannery scene was well-done. Spencer being shot and the rest of the gang escaping. Justice for Keller! JC

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SOSF S02E01 - A Wrongful Death review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#1


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Regarding SOSF season 5 and its updated (not for the better) theme song.... I didn't mind the tweaking of the Five-O theme from season to season at all because it was barely noticeable. In fact I never even knew it was tweaked every season until I discovered it here. I always thought it was the same theme used from beginning to end. You have to listen pretty darn hard to hear the differences. The one that stands out the most is probably the season 10 one because it opens up with these cool rolling drums (more "drummy" than usual) but the rest sound almost identical. With the SOSF season 5 theme it's very obvious that it's tweaked. In fact it's more than just tweaked. It has this bland and tin-ny sound (lacking the drums of the earlier 4 seasons). It just lacks that cool groove!

Regarding Douglas I found it interesting that when he was nominated for an Emmy for this show he was in the Best Supporting Actor category. I always saw him as more of an equal with Malden. A duo crime-fighting team. This was different from Five-O where Lord was the head honcho and the other 3 men were clearly beneath him. McGarrett would be in his office and hand out orders to each of his 3 men to go here, do this, check that, etc. Whereas Stone and Keller would typically be out crime-solving together. It would be rare for Keller to be out there doing the leg work and reporting back to Stone in the office. There seemed to be a more equal-footing dynamic there. So I would expect more or less equal billing (even though it did say "also starring Michael Douglas" in the intro) even if Douglas was relatively a newcomer while Malden was the veteran. At the time Douglas was just "Kirk's boy". Still, I would have expected him to be in the Best Actor category whereas James MacArthur would definitely be in the Best Supporting category. Look at Martin Landau in M:I - he was nominated in the Best Actor category even though Peter Graves and Steven Hill before him were top-billed and were leaders of the IMF team. In fact during season 1 Landau wasn't even included in the opening intro. He was listed as a Special Guest Star that whole season and he still got a nomination in the Best Actor category. I don't know what all the criteria are that they go by but it's certainly interesting. Landau's Rollin Hand was definitely an integral part of the team, as well as a fan favorite.


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John,

I was very glad to see Mike was reviewing the Streets of San Francisco also! I had hoped he would choose to do so as Streets was as much a favorite of mine as Five-O is.

I also liked the Bill Bixby episodes. I was a huge fan of the Incredible Hulk growing up so I was really happy to see he turned up on 2 SOSF shows. I like Target: Red and Police Buff equally. Bill did a great job on both shows I thought.

The very first SOSF shows I saw back in 1992 was Letters From the Grave and then Ten Dollar Murder. Two great shows that had me hooked on SOSF quickly!

I also very much disagree with various forums I've come across over the years that felt the 4th year of SOSF wasn't strong and that Michael Douglas's acting wasn't as good the 4th year because he was anxious to move on after the success he had with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. I really disagree with that assessment. I thought the 4th year was very good and Douglas was as good as he was in the first 3 years.


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Jason
Thanks for the Streets Of SF talk. It's a good summer conversation with HFO. I guess my Gold, Silver, Bronze Streets Of SF. Gold-Mask Of Death. It's a brilliant episode from start to finish. The 1930's and 1940's Scott characters were incredible and immerses himself in them. Reality becomes blurred. Also, a suspenseful finish. Silver-Police Buff. A Bill Bixby fan. He looked very professional as a cop but couldn't cut it. A wash out like Walter Stark Nightmare In Blue. Bronze-Letters From The Grave. I guess I'm a fan of the prison type dramas. This one is unique as an Alcatraz escapee Kovic was supposedly sending letters for 20 years. They find him dead inside Alcatraz 20 years later. Who killed him? Who was sending the letters? An excellent cast plus a star for Peter Strauss appearance. A JC FAV. I see Mr. Mike has given some Streets of SF episodes higher ratings than Classic HFO shows. It definitely demonstrates Streets of SF was worthy of Anal-ysis and Mike's viewing time. JC


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John,

I agree that the 3rd season of the Streets of San Francisco was the best one. I like seasons 2 and 4 a little bit more than I do seasons 1 and 5.

Over the years I've come across many comments panning season 5 but I don't think it deserved all of the negative reviews that I've seen given to it either. Its definitely better than Five-O's final season!


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SOSF S03E11 -- Bird of Prey reviewed:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#11


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"Mask of Death" (which Mike has just reviewed) is a stellar episode. One of the very best in the entire series! Heck, I purchased the SOSF Season 3 DVD Volume 1 (the only one I own) just for this episode alone, which I had never seen until I made the purchase. John Davidson, who I really know nothing about except that apparently he was something of a celebrity back in the day because of some talk show he hosted, is absolutely superb in his dual role. He gives some of the best psychos on FIVE-O a run for their money! No doubt the best guest star this show ever had. What a performance, and from a non-actor to boot! The finale is absolutely spine-tingling and really straight out of Hitchcock's PSYCHO. Recall the ending in the film where Vera Miles and John Gavin are exploring the spooky house of Norman Bates, before he jumps out at Vera! That's what happens here with Keller and Stone. Also when Raymond the chauffeur is pushed down the stairs to his death it's reminiscent of Martin Balsam being stabbed and falling down the stairs. I agree with Mike that the scene where Raymond is startled at the top of the stairs by Ken Scott (as Carol Marlowe) is really spooky and exceptionally lit! It's the single coolest shot in the entire episode - Scott (as Marlowe) is mostly in the shadows and you can see the outline of his face but his 2 eyes are basically black holes. REALLY CREEPY! That's some superb lighting right there! Very cinematic, too good for episodic TV. The episode also boasts quite a list of FIVE-O alumni - Marianne McAndrew, Anne Helm, Denny Miller, Ivor Barry, Phillip Pine.

Directed by Harry Falk, who directed the classic "The Jinn Who Clears the Way" (his only FIVE-O) and scored by Richard Markowitz, who scored a bunch of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLEs and MANNIXs, as well as "The Cop on the Cover" (his only FIVE-O).


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John, I wouldn't put any money on seeing season five "anal-ysis" soon. Aside from finding that reviewing this show is having a bad effect on my health, so far I haven't even finished doing half of the shows (52 out of 119) and all of season one and some of season three reviews done so far have to be redone and expanded. When I did Kojak, another five-season show, this took about seven months. Doing The Invaders, which was only two seasons, took six years!

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Jason
I think Season 3 Streets of SF the best. Several Classics:Flags Of Terror, Mask Of Death,Letters From The Grave, The Most Deadly Species etc.
Season 1,2,4 are about even. I think Season 5 with Richard Hatch was better than many believe. Season 4 Classics Poisoned Snow & The Glass Dart Board. The PERT chart made TGDB a Classic. Wonder how McG would have handled the Feds using the PERT chart.
Mr. Mike should be having Season 5 Streets Of SF episode reviews in August on his current pace. It would be a perfect time for the 70's crime show fans to critique the Richard Hatch episodes. Give their two cents. JC


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I was curious to see how other Streets of San Francisco fans would rank the 5 seasons of the show. For me I would rank the seasons like this along with my favorite shows from each year:

1) Season 3 - One Last Shot, Most Deadly Species, Target Red, Mask of Death, Flags of Terror, License to Kill, False Witness, Letters from the Grave, 10 Dollar Murder, Labyrinth

2) Season 2 - A Wrongful Death, Betrayed, For the Love of God, Before I Die, Harem, 24 Karet Plague and Blockade.

3) Season 4 - Poisoned Snow, Glass Dart Board, Trail of Terror, Dead Air, Most Likely to Succeed, Police Buff and Honorable Profession.

4) Season 1 - 30 Year Pin, First Day of Forever, 45 minutes from Home, The Takers, Act of Duty, Trail of the Serpent and Beyond Vengeance.

5) Season 5 - Thrill Killers, No Minor Vices, Hot Dog, Monkey Is Back and Time Out.

I look forward to seeing how others rank the season and which shows were their favorites from each season.


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Fred, I know that "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes" is a fan favorite but I didn't really care for it all that much. Same with the Phil Silvers one "The Producer". I guess I don't really care for the ones where they are trying to either put on some show or play or trying to entertain some visitor with some sort of fancy ball or party or whatever. I'm more into the ones where they discover something on the island or concoct some cool contraption in hopes of getting rescued. Stuff that gets washed ashore marked "top secret" or "danger" also piques my interests :)

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The Runaways (SOSF S02E12), revised review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-2.htm#12


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I've seen most of the black and white Gilligan's Island, if not all. But what you said about a tropical setting needing color is very true for me. For me, the the color makes the difference. Hence, I have the 2nd and 3rd season DVDs.

My favorite episode from Season 2 is "Don't Bug the Mosquitos", an obvious parody of The Beatles. And from Season 3, "The Producer" where "Hamlet" is performed to the music of "Carmen". But I like the headhunter episodes as well. In those, Sherwood Schwartz lured some of the local sport stars to play the non-English speaking natives and thus they didn't have to be very good actors. Al Ferrara and Jim Lefebvre from the Dodgers guest starred in "High Man on the Totem Pole" and Rams star quarterback Roman Gabriel in episode "Topsy-Turvy".


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Fred, what do you think of the B&W episodes of GI? The first season. Most people are probably more familiar with the color episodes and I bet those were more often shown in reruns. One thing is for sure - a show set on a tropical island just BEGS to be shown in color. Otherwise you're missing out on a lot in B&W. Also the theme song from the color episodes was definitely an improvement over the one by the Wellingtons from season 1. Sounds more catchy and groovy! But otherwise season 1 was a very solid season. There's the 2 episodes with Wrongway Feldman (special guest Hans Conried) and the one with the bank robber Jackson Farrell (special guest Larry Storch). The one I haven't seen is the one with little Kurt Russell as the jungle boy. I need to find that one. But my favorite B&W one is probably "The Sound of Quacking" (the one about the duck). Admittedly there's quite a number of the B&W ones that I haven't seen.

My 2 all-time favorites (both in color) are probably "Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet" (with the 2 Russian spies) and "The Hunter" (with special guest Rory Calhoun). Or at least I have the fondest memories of those 2.


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Gilligan's Island discussion (above) has been moved from Five-O Forum. Please continue it here.

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Fred, I myself like all the "Fear" episodes. I don't remember "Castle of Fear" being particularly bad. It's about on par with season 4's "Web of Lies" (the other Pat Hingle episode).

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Ringfire,

You're actually right on "Castle of Fear". Castle of Fear sports a lousy IMDB rating. The worse of the series and I agree with it. It's not a strong a episode. But it's hilarious that you mentioned it!


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Cry Help! (S03E09) review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#9


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Mike, I'm the opposite of you because I enjoy all the "Fear" episodes, and "Image of Fear" would probably make my top 5 from season 12.

I just saw "Charlie Blake" last night on YouTube (never saw it before) and while it's an interesting episode with an interesting premise I'm totally perplexed just like you about the whole business with the broken lamp at the end. Keller tries to turn it on I guess without realizing it's broken (the bulb is shattered and missing?) so he gets zapped by the electricity because the lamp is still plugged in and turned on? All of a sudden a bulb goes off in Stone's head and he figures the whole thing out?? But we're never told exactly what he figures out. Something about that particular lamp being on a different circuit and it being the lamp that the wife was using when she was killed. And Charlie says it was dark when he came into that room. But what does any of this prove? That the wife was already dead and the lamp already smashed when Charlie got there? Ok, but how does that prove that Jessep killed his wife? And why is this such an important clue that would prompt Jessep to go back to the house (to screw in a new working bulb I guess)? None of this makes any sense. And of course playing that tape to Jessep proves nothing. It's a very frustrating ending which makes no sense.

It was interesting seeing a young Dee Wallace (CUJO is one of my favorite scary movies!) as the first victim.


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Obviously I am influenced by the 12th season Five-O episode Image of Fear:

http://fiveohomepage.com/5-0log12.htm#265


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In that case Mr. Mike should probably stay away from "Castle of Fear" (with Pat Hingle) as well. Lol!

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It seems like Mr. Mike has a fear of SoSF episodes with the word "fear" in it. I wouldn't give "River of Fear" 4 stars but 3 to 3.5 works for me.

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SOSF S03E04: Mask of Death review:

http://thestreetsofsanfrancisco.info/sosf-3.htm#4


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Mike, I haven't seen "Charlie Blake" so can't comment on it, but I noticed you made a slight mistake on "River of Fear". You accidentally gave it 2 stars, dropping 2 along the way somewhere. Maybe you thought you were reviewing "School of Fear" or something ;)

It's an obvious remake of the Charles Laughton classic THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (with Bob Mitchum) except in my opinion it's much better. The film has this surreal look and feel to it and plays like some kind of allegory or fairy tale. Mitchum is the Big Bad Wolf (and appropriately chews the scenery) and the kids are Little Red Riding Hood. In the film the boy (played by Billy Chapin) is the older kid and the girl is the one tagging along behind him. In this episode it's reversed. I prefer the episode because it feels more realistic and hence more suspenseful. The film was more of a fairy tale world, although it had its moments of suspense as well. Mostly involving Mitchum.

Anyway this episode ROCKS!! And Michael Caffey directed Five-O "Once Upon a Time, Part I".


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