Miami Vice: Season 4, Episode 4

The Big Thaw (23 Oct. 1987)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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A cryogenically frozen Reggae star comes to Miami to be unfrozen by Switek and Izzy.



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Esther Nevin
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A cryogenically frozen Reggae star comes to Miami to be unfrozen by Switek and Izzy.

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Season 4 is batting 4 for 4 so far...
9 August 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The season 4 trend of impressing me with good episodes continues in this entry about a cryogenically frozen reggae star and the motley crew of people trying to thaw him out (Izzy included).

The production value seems to be cranked up, as does the comedic timing of almost everyone involved, most notably Izzy and Switek (two MV'ers that never seem to disappoint). Another nod goes to the believability of the Reggae band who break the previous trend of lazily cast and wardrobes, corny MV archetypes/stereotypes. Sure the Japanese investors are about as clichéd as could be (bowing in their black suits with SLRs hanging from their necks), but it's another light (and funny) touch in an episode that continues to break new MV plot line ground.

Also of note is a cameo by the always impressive character actor Alfred Molina. Anyone who can outshine Gary Oldman in his own film deserves mention...even if it's only a throw away cameo on MV.

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