Miami Vice: Season 3, Episode 15

The Savage (6 Feb. 1987)

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When some prostitutes are being killed, Castillo recognizes the M.O. as similar to some killings he saw when he was in Vietnam and working with a Vietnamese investigator. And the investigator shows up in Miami.

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When some prostitutes are being killed, Castillo recognizes the M.O. as similar to some killings he saw when he was in Vietnam and working with a Vietnamese investigator. And the investigator shows up in Miami.

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Crockett and Tubbs are at a Veterans Center, asking a doctor if they can question some of his patients. The doctor refuses, and the detectives leave. Crockett & Tubbs are now standing in the Veterans Center parking lot. The reflection of the overhead boom mic can be seen in the Ferrari's windshield. See more »

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Great episode! Or does it shine in comparison to the many garbage episodes?
11 August 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is the best episode of Season 3 thus far. I've still got nine more to go, but I couldn't resist writing a positive blurb about Ep. 15 "Savage."

The trend I'm discovering with MV is that they seem to mail in about half of each season's episodes (this is definitely not the Sopranos in terms of high production values and consistent writing & directing). The other trend I've noticed is the first half of each season seems to be considerably weaker than the second half. This isn't to say there aren't good episodes in the first half of each season, but as a whole the second half is always stronger.

Comparing all three seasons so far, I would have to say that Season 1 has been the strongest overall. What makes this so is the use of location shoots vs. studio shoots. Season 1 feels far more realistic, even despite it's often lighter tone, simply because they're shooting on the streets and in the real world vs. inside of a studio on a cheesily dressed and phony looking set.

I assumed season 2 would have bigger budgets and hence more location shoots but was very disappointed at how many cheap sets they used throughout this season. This trend continues in Season 3 and up until Ep. 12 (when Zito buys it), I was getting really bored.

In addition, the attempt of the producer's to hammer home the same nihilistic tone in each episode starts to get really tired. The episodes start to become formulaic, where an innocent or two die (or are victimized) at the hands of a bad guy before Crockett, Tubbs and a blaze of glory results in the bloody demise of the bad guy. I'm all for avenging the death of innocents, but when it happens in EVERY damn episode, it starts to get a little predictable. Has anyone actually taken a body count of how many bad guys Crockett has shot dead? Does any bad guy in this season ever surrender or outfox Crockett's dirty harry antics through the legal system?

Another viewer (yarborough) commented on how great he thought Season 3 was as a result of character and plot. I don't see it - throughout this season, the bad guys are painted in one tone: bad. On the flipside, the good guys are good...end of story. Do Crockett and Tubbs have an arc? None that i've seen. Sure Zito dies and we get a taste of the talents of both John Diehl and Michael Talbott in that episode, but what did Crockett and Tubbs give us? Nothing but some BS platitude about how it's just part of being a cop. The bottom line is, Crockett was reckless and he cost 2 good men their lives and he barely shows a blink of remorse. To top it off the producer's actually have Switek clinking glasses with Crockett on his boat at the end of the episode. there's no way Zito's best friend is going to forgive Crockett that easily.

This definitely isn't the Sopranos, nor is it the Wire when it comes to complex characterizations of people who are neither good or bad, but human. For yarborough to go on about plot, the bulk of season 3 is full of dull, formulaic episodes trying desperately to buy some street cred by pretending to be dark and pessimistic. Care to explain yourself yarborough?


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