Mannix travels to a western ghost town in response to an urgent telegram, only to learn that he's been lured there by four surviving members of his undefeated college football team, along ... See full summary »

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Mannix travels to a western ghost town in response to an urgent telegram, only to learn that he's been lured there by four surviving members of his undefeated college football team, along with two of their wives, for an impromptu reunion. But then one of their number is killed, and Mannix discovers that their means of leaving the town has been sabotaged, too -- meaning that someone, perhaps the absent member of the team, intends to kill them all. Written by aldanoli

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The worst episode in the series so far
9 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I bought all eight seasons of "Mannix" and am about halfway through them--so obviously I enjoy the show. But because I haven't seen every episode, I cannot yet say that "A Gathering of Ghosts" is the worst one they ever made...but it sure is up until this point. The plot is insanely contrived and very poorly written and I am actually surprised it ever got made in the first place.

When the show begins, Mannix is traveling into the desert to meet some client. This is a bit contrived right there...and it only gets worse. He soon arrives in a deserted western town and it turns out that there is no client--it's really a surprise reunion of Mannix's old college football buddies (????). Soon the script really gets nutty as one of the group is murdered...and then apparently ISN'T really murdered. Then, one of them really IS murdered and one by one, the members of this group all seem to wander off alone to be killed...duh. As for who is doing this and why, that doesn't even pay off, as the logic and reasoning behind it is pretty much absent. I especially loved the shootout at the end--with Mannix and his snub-nosed revolver taking out a guy with a rifle and scope! All in all, a confusing and highly contrived episode--one that never seems interesting or real in any way. Easily the worst to this point...easily.


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