A poorly constructed ending really hurt this one....
In the last few weeks, I have been watching seasons one and two of "Cannon". For the most part, the show is far better than I expected and the episodes amazingly original for a detective series. However, "Murder for Murder" is a disappointment. It's not a terrible episode and you do get to see Dick Van Patten play, at times, a bit of an action hero! But, the ending is so poorly written that I clearly see this is a below average episode of an otherwise entertaining series.
The show begins with a guy (Van Patten) doing surveillance on some rich folks on some estate. Out of the blue, folks come out of the home and a thug captures the guy and beats the snot out of him. No, Van Patten isn't playing some detective who's getting beaten up--he's an angry parent trying to get facts to help him understand his daughter's death. To try to keep him from ultimately getting himself killed, his other daughter (Mary Frann) calls in Cannon.
So why did I hate the ending? Well, after spending the entire show trying to learn who killed his daughter and how it happened, Van Patten goes Rambo--breaking into the mansion and strong-arming a confession out of the real killer. Then, after learning the truth, Van Patten's character just walks away....thus allowing the guy he knows is a murderer a chance to shoot him!! Duh. Who thought this made any sense?! After spending all this time investigating and getting beaten up, just to walk away?! Come off it--this is just sloppy. An adequate episode and nothing more.
By the way, the print for this particular episode was a fuzzy, grainy mess. It could use conservation and is really ugly compared to the rest of the shows.
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