Banacek: Season 2, Episode 8

Now You See Me, Now You Don't (12 Mar. 1974)

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A stage magician vanishes in the middle of his act, as he is about to be arrested on suspicion of a $1,750,000 securities fraud. Banacek is called in to try to recover the missing money and solve the mystery of the disappearing man.

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A stage magician vanishes in the middle of his act, as he is about to be arrested on suspicion of a $1,750,000 securities fraud. Banacek is called in to try to recover the missing money and solve the mystery of the disappearing man.

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Ending With A Whimper
8 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The character of Banacek and the portrayal of that character by George Peppard is rich. The series, at least by the series final episode after only two seasons, no so much.

Always solving outlandish complicated cases of theft Banacek was a real jewel. A thoroughly modern hipster who was also a consummate renaissance man. Too bad the crimes got increasingly far-fetched and just plain droll. The poor writing culminates in season two in general and the final episode in particular. Searching for a missing magician also tied to some valuable (almost 2-million dollars worth) bonds could have been a zinger, instead it was so heaped upon with non-eventful action the silliness of the story stands out sorely.

A lot of the elements of Banacek are here, as well as a visit to both L.A. and Vegas, yet the villain is milk toast and the story is lame. Window dressings of the locale and assorted striking femmes aren't too involving to say the least. There's a BA gangster who barely casts suspicion too. Not much to work with here and so ends a character with so many rich possibilities. In retrospect the producers/writers simply tended to play up hokey aspects way more while ignoring the cerebral side constantly. Look at the difference between, say, Columbo and Banacek. Columbo's crimes were all possible while Banacek's were over-the-top carnival affairs. Peppard commands the screen as effectively as Peter Falk, but with so much less to work with it was an inevitability Banacek, as presented here, couldn't go on. A waste really because Peppard was perfect for the character and if not for him it was probably laughably unwatchable. Here's hoping one day the premise is re-envisioned with someone up to the character of Banacek with some real talented writers.


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