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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.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
As this episode opens Crockett and Tubbs are waiting to get a search
warrant so they can enter a building suspected of being a drug
laboratory; when they get in they don't find any sign of narcotics;
instead they find frozen reggae star Robillard Nevin! He is in a tube
which is taken back to headquarters. Soon afterwards a doctor turns up
claiming that he was planning to revive Neven, who had vanished from
public sight after suffering fugu poisoning in Japan eighteen months
previously and is now in cryogenic suspension. He isn't the only person
who wants his body; his 'widow' is determined to see him buried in
Kingston so she can get her hands on his millions. When the tube, along
with the body, disappears from the station it becomes clear that Mrs
Nevin is quite prepared to kill to make sure her late husband stays
dead... this means there is only one person left trying to revive
him... Miami Vice light relief supremo... Izzy Moreno!
This episode is far from a classic but it was a fun change after the previous serious episode. When I first saw Martin Ferrero's character, Izzy, I thought he'd be irritating like Miami Vice's other comic character Noogie, but he has proved to be much better and one is guaranteed a laugh in any episode he features in... if you can suspend your disbelief at all the wacky jobs he has had over the series! When I first saw the body frozen in the tube I feared we could be heading into silly science fiction territory but thankfully that didn't happen and while the ending is silly in an amusing way it wasn't impossible.
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