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There are a number of things I could point to that make Like Visions
and Omens...and All That Jazz one of my favorite Honey West episodes.
First, I really dug the plot. While some people might say it's pretty
standard stuff (a rich woman is blackmailed for a gun that she thinks
her daughter used to kill an old flame), it's handled so nicely here.
The writing is as good as I've seen in a Honey West episode. Second,
Like Visions and Omens...and All That Jazz features some of the best
imagery of the entire series. I've read comparisons between Honey West
and The Avengers, and for the most part, I've only noticed some surface
similarities but that's it. But in this episode, some of the scenes
look like they could have come straight out of The Avengers. Two
examples there's one great scene looking up past a skull to the
contorted face of Faustini, The Predictor. It's beyond cool! The other
example is a scene shot from outside a curtained window with only
Faustini's silhouette visible. I don't know if it was intentional or
not, but with his cape raised, the outline is very Lugosi-like. I loved
it! The third thing I enjoyed about this episode is the cast. Ann
Francis and John Ericson as good as ever. Nehemiah Persoff (another of
the actors whose name you may not recognize, but I guarantee you'd know
the face) is terrific as Faustini. But the highlight for me was the
casting of Euro-genre favorite Mimsy Farmer as the girl who's life is
in danger. Farmer appeared in a number of wonderful Italian films like
Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet and Lucio Fulci's The Black
Cat. It's a treat to unexpectedly run across her in Honey West.
So overall, Like Visions and Omens...and All That Jazz is a very entertaining Honey West episode. If I have one complaint, it's with the rushed feeling of some of the scenes. If any Honey West episode screamed-out for a longer runtime, it's this one. There just so much here that it could have easily filled an hour.
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