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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).

Added: Wednesday 26 July 2017 11:39:08 MST
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