Bonanza: Season 5, Episode 2

A Passion for Justice (29 Sep. 1963)

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Famous author Charles Dickens visits the Ponderosa, and finds himself embroiled in controversy.



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Episode cast overview:
Victor Maddern ...
Dan Stoker
Sam Walker
Charles Irving ...
Prosceutor Rogers
Sydney Smith ...
E.J. André ...
Jeb (as E.J. Andre)
Don Washbrook ...
Tim the Typesetter
Alice Frost ...
Prominent Townswoman
James Stone ...
Clegg Hoyt ...


At Ben's invitation, Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City to give a reading from "Oliver Twist" while on a reading / lecture tour in America. While there, he stays at the Ponderosa. He becomes enraged by the townsfolk's casual attitude toward distribution of copies of his stories published without protection of copyright laws. After confronting the local newspaper publisher, the newspaper's office is destroyed. Already having lost the esteem of the townsfolk, Dickens now finds that the townsfolk blame him for the violence. Written by Chalres Delacroix

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Annoying characterization by Harris is unpleasant....
13 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are some who consider Johnathon Harris a great actor mostly based upon his Lost in Space character, but not really. It's a one-dimensional character that is often disagreeable and cartoonish. I find his portrayal of Dickens here to be along the same lines. I really don't see much more than an extended Dr Smith character without the cowardly behavior, the scene with Hoss being the lone exception. I really don't see Harris as anything more than mediocre or average.

If Dickens himself was as snobbish and snooty as portrayed here, he certainly doesn't have much in common with his fictitious main characters, except for the overbearing ones. If he found the US unpleasant on his trips here, and hypocritical, he forgot that it was once a British colony and that it was the British who traded in slaves for sale in the colonies, and created that whole period of hypocrisy of being a free nation with slaves. The commercialism he disdained was also an import from Britain, and something necessary to the building of the nation.

This attitude shows narrow mindedness and complete lack of understanding about the settlement of the new world. As portrayed here, Diockens is just not much more than tolerable. An educated person would have pursued copyright infringement in a legal manner and not with such overt hostility towards his hosts. He would have been able and eager to explain his position to them without such an arrogant attitude.

I really dislike this episode and find few redeeming qualities within it to make it watchable.

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