Investigating a porn baron, Crockett and Tubbs become involved with an undercover FBI agent who may have gone native and become a criminal, and may have murdered an underage porn starlet. ... See full summary »
Investigating a porn baron, Crockett and Tubbs become involved with an undercover FBI agent who may have gone native and become a criminal, and may have murdered an underage porn starlet. Meanwhile, Zito and Switek pose as fences, and Elvis the crocodile feels unloved! Written by
David A McIntee
"Miami Vice" is certainly a series that hit the ground running. Although viewers turning their television sets on during the pre-credits sequence may have wondered momentarily what they'd stumbled across (the episode cleverly opens on an "adult" film shoot with an acrobatic young lady being manhandled by a burly air-conditioning repair man!), "Heart of Darkness" is proof indeed that "Miami Vice" did not hesitate in demonstrating its high production values and top-quality scripts from the very start.
In "Heart of Darkness", there's the possibility that an undercover vice cop (played by a pre-"Married With Children" Ed O'Neill) may have "turned to the bad side." Seeing a mirror reflection of himself during his deep cover assignments, Crockett decides to give the cop a chance to prove himself. Is Crockett making a dangerous decision he will live to regret? The show reveals why the chemistry between Crockett and Tubbs works. As both cops learn about each other, there's clearly a lot of respect and trust between the two. "Heart of Darkness" is a dark episode of "Vice" but it does have its lighter moments including a great scene with Elvis the alligator and a humorous insight into the average day of Zito and Switek.
Easily an 8 out of 10, rated on my "Vice" scale. This blows most television series out of the water, displaying a scale and budget that you just don't see these days.
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