Television Reviews 

  • Title: Spenser: For Hire – Death by Design
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Spenser: For Hire - Death by Design television review

For Throwback Thursday we turn we turn our attention back to the mean streets of Boston. Spenser (Robert Urich) finds nothing but trouble after taking on a friend of Susan (Barbara Stock) as a client. Continually lied to by the college professor (Robin Groves) who asks Spenser to track down a gigolo (Burke Moses) who stole some jewelry from her, Spenser stumbles on something more complicated involving the money the woman stole to willingly give to the con man, a mobster’s (Hansford Rowe) interest in the professor’s work which could be turned into a profitable new street drug, and scummy private investigator (Leon Russom) in the middle of it all.

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  • Title: A Nero Wolfe Mystery – Christmas Party
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A Nero Wolfe Mystery - Christmas Party TV review

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes us back to mid 20th Century New York and the private detective offices located at 454 W. 35th Street. Making terrific use of Francie Swift, who so perfectly fits the role as fatale in the show’s setting, “Christmas Party” is one of my favorite episodes of the series in which Archie (Timothy Hutton) is able to put one over on his boss and Nero Wolfe (Maury Chaykin) makes an out-of-character mistake that puts them both in the middle of a murder investigation. Invited to a Christmas party by his sometimes dancing partner Margot Dickey (Swift) who plans to use Archie (and the fake marriage licence he was able to procure) as a needed push to get her boss (Robert Bockstael) to marry her, Archie is front-and-center when their host drops dead of poison. So is Nero Wolfe, disguised as the party’s Santa Claus in order to get a good look at the woman Archie has informed his boss he plans to wed.

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  • Title: Good Omens – Hard Times / Saturday Morning Funtime
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Good Omens - Hard Times / Saturday Morning Funtime TV review

Anathema (Adria Arjona) unknowing befriends the very child she is looking for while also exposing the Antichrist to a boatload of conspiracy theories which have unexpected consequences for reality (as a nuclear reactor loses its reactor, the appearance of aliens, the Kraken, Tibetan spies tunneling under England, and Atlantis all suddenly appear). Towards the end of “Saturday Morning Funtime,” Adam begins to understand his effect on the world and a burning need to enforce his will on Earth (albeit a far goofier will than Hell had originally intended). “Hard Times” takes a look at the relationship of Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) and how it has evolved over the millennia from the Garden of Eden until today. Although almost never able to admit their true feelings for each other, we see both make sacrifices to help the other over the centuries as they have each made Earth, rather than Heaven or Hell, their home.

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  • Title: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – French Connection
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan - French Connection TV review

After returning home, Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and Greer (Wendell Pierce) continue to investigate Suleiman (Ali Suliman). Despite being commended on their work, the politics of the CIA create some conflict about who will continue to head the investigation forcing Jack to choose between the boss he’s not sure he can trust and his boss’ boss (Timothy Hutton) who is more interest in who gets the credit than the actual capture of the the terrorist. Choosing the moral move rather than the offer to jump up the ladder, Jack’s latest lead sends the two men to Paris where Ali (Haaz Sleiman) is collecting the money necessary to complete Suleiman’s work.

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  • Title: Danger Man – The Relaxed Informer
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Danger Man - The Relaxed Informer television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. On the search for a traitor passing on secrets, the episode begins with John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) stealing a car in order for his men to examine all items within and find a recording. Passing off the entire incident as nothing more than auto-theft by an American deserter, all the items (except the recording) are returned to the local man while Drake sets his attention on interpreter Ruth Mitchell (Moira Redmond). Although it’s clear it is her voice on the recording, Ruth vehemently denies any knowledge of the recording.

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