Bret rides into Bent City with Waco Williams, a man he encountered out on the trail. Waco, while not seeking a fight, won't run away from one, either. As a result, Waco's life is threatened... See full summary »
Bret rides into Bent City with Waco Williams, a man he encountered out on the trail. Waco, while not seeking a fight, won't run away from one, either. As a result, Waco's life is threatened more than once. This causes Bret much anxiety, because he has his own reasons for keeping Waco alive. Written by
Clearly this episode was the template they used when they created the "Rockford Files" character Lance White, played so well by Tom Selleck. Like Lance, Waco Williams does everything Maverick warns him against. He stands when he should run away. He tells the truth when a little lie would ease a situation. Like Lance, he's a larger than life figure who Maverick cannot believe can survive long in the real world. But Waco not only survives but thrives. Things just seem to go his way, much o the frustration an amazement of Maverick.
The final moment when Bret addresses the camera foreshadows the same bit that Jack Elam did at the end of the two Non-Maverick "Maverick" movies-"Support Your Local Sheriff" and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" in which Garner essential re-prised Maverick but didn't use the name.
In the end, "The Saga of Waco Williams" is entertaining though not as hilarious as the Lance White episode(s) because there they just took things even farther. But this is one of the better "Mavericks" and holds up well today.
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