In Temple City, Danceman prohibits guns, killing any gunmen he encounters. When Paladin visits his pal Cus Mincus, the beefy Danceman doesn't exempt the Man in Black, informing him that '...
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In Temple City, Danceman prohibits guns, killing any gunmen he encounters. When Paladin visits his pal Cus Mincus, the beefy Danceman doesn't exempt the Man in Black, informing him that 'nobody owns life, we just rent it'. Fortune teller Madmoiselle Destin warns Paladin to leave. Written by
Though somewhat overdone, the episode aims at the offbeat. In the usual San Francisco opening, Paladin has his fortune told in Tarot cards by blonde French woman (Vincent). The cards foretell an encounter with death with a key intervention by a Phoenician (an ancient seafaring people). Unimpressed, Paladin brushes aside such occult metaphysics, that is, until he visits Temple City.
The barroom scene in Temple City is about as loud and energetic as first-graders at recess. Note too, the over-age saloon "girls", a nice touch. Now, I thought that with Danceman (Kelley) we were going to get the paradox of a strong man enforcing peaceable ways in a violent manner. But the screenplay gets a little murky at that point or maybe it's just me. Still, I never did figure out his hold over the town. Then too, those overdone thunder & lightning effects outside the stable likely suggest a supernatural moment or is the resulting vision simply Paladin's imagination. For an otherwise naturalistic series, it's a questionable move (without giving the effect away).
Overall, the effort at weaving hints of the supernatural into the story has its moments, but seems not very well worked out. Still, it's an offbeat half-hour.
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