Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Hostile Takeover 

Crockett, as Burnett, murders and manipulates his way to the top of the crime organization he works for.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Detective Gina Calabrese
Detective Stan Switek
Detective Trudy Joplin
Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Oscar Carrera
El Gato
Miguel Carrera
Paul Lazar ...
David Sugarman
Commandante Salazar
Cliff King
Emilio (as Robert Escobar)
Gordon McConnell ...


Crockett, as Burnett, murders and manipulates his way to the top of the crime organization he works for.

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4 November 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Now this is how you start off a season.
27 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

My only complaint about this was I wish they would have had a 2 hour season premier, especially since this was that last season. It deserved it.

With "Hostile Takeover", Season 5 picks up, with spectacular style, right where it left off from season 4 and does so with one of the best MV episodes ever. This installment is completely different from past great episodes like "Smuggler's Blues" and "Out Where The Buses Don't Run" from season 1 or 2 but it is equally awesome. The way Johnson handles this new role is fun to watch, as is often with great actors that are given bad guy roles after spending most of their career as good guys. If you look at the credits you'll see Johnson directed this episode (kudos). I believe the production and directing crew knew this was the last season and they were all on their way out the door, including Jan Hammer, which explains the complete change in musical style. This left much of the creative control in the hands of Johnson and he doesn't fail. He did however have Yerkovich still writing for him.

This episode also has great supporting acting which is common throughout most of this series. Polito's "El Gato" is a little weird though. OK, a lot weird (shoulder pads?), but he doesn't pop up enough in the episode to do any real damage. I would have gone in a different direction with his character, but all in all, the supporting acting is great. You aren't going to experience the Michael Mann esque night time driving scenes with pastel backgrounds accompanied with Jammer's moody synthesized tunes, all of which I love. But don't be despaired because Johnson's acting is the best of the series and a real joy to watch.

I'm watching season 5 for the first time and the way this has kicked off just cemented Miami Vice as my all time favorite show. Not that it wasn't already.

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