At least two of the assignments Robert Celibleu refers to at his and Paladin's lunch reference episodes the writer of "The Scorched Feather," Bruce Geller, wrote: "Duel at Florence" (S2, Ep 5) and "Gold and Brimstone" (S2, Ep 39). In fact, "Gold and Brimstone" was the final episode of season 2 and, at the time of "The Scorched Feather"'s first airing, had yet to be broadcast. See more »
Paladin is hired by sophisticated gentleman Robert Cielbleu (Alcalde) to protect his father from a fearsome Comanche warrior. But things get complicated when Paladin discovers the father is detested army scout Billy Blueskies (Chaney) and the threatening warrior looks a lot like the son who hired him. So what's going on.
Episode has an unusual subtext for the time, dwelling on split personality and abnormal psychology. There's some curiosity generated here, but what suspense there is comes from anticipated showdown with the warrior. That scene is acrobatically staged, featuring more showmanship than realism. Also, the stymied mugging is awkwardly staged. Couple that with the poorly done exterior set and a sometimes difficult narrative, and the entry is average, at best.
In passing-- Chaney is affecting as the ravaged ex-army scout. There was always a sadness behind those gimlet eyes. Unfortunately, he's only 52 here; however, the effects of prolonged alcoholism are already showing, lending his role a special poignancy.
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