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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


Added: Sunday 30 July 2017 20:16:21 MST
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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


Added: Saturday 29 July 2017 20:48:40 MST
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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.


Added: Saturday 29 July 2017 18:34:16 MST
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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.


Added: Saturday 29 July 2017 09:55:00 MST
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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


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 12:15:15 MST
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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!


Added: Friday 28 July 2017 06:56:38 MST
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SOSF S03E11 -- Bird of Prey reviewed:

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


Added: Thursday 27 July 2017 22:45:57 MST
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