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"Miami Vice" The Maze (1985)

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

A gripping and tense episode

Author: DVD_Connoisseur from England
4 April 2007

Following a bullet-ridden, night-time opening, "The Maze" follows a lone, undercover Tubbs into a run-down apartment complex, besieged by gun-toting, cop-killing youths.

"Miami Vice" was always a melting-pot of talent. This episode contains an early performance by a young Ving Rhames. Garcelle Beauvais ("NYPD Blue") plays the beautiful Gabriella.

The episode gives Philip Michael Thomas an opportunity to show off his impressive vocal talents. Thomas delivers "Living The Book Of My Life" as he begins his perilous task of infiltrating the apartment building.

This is a tense, exciting episode in which we see the mirror-side of Miami's high-gloss sheen - away from the affluence are people living in abject poverty.

The Police's "Tea In The Sahara" is a memorable track from this story.

9 out of 10.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Tubbs goes undercover

9/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
23 March 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When a group of street punks who have been hassling local shopkeepers kill a cop they enter the big leagues and attract massive police attention. They are tracked down to a rundown former hotel; it won't be an easy building to storm though as the access routes would leave the police vulnerable. Tubbs offers to go inside posing as in immigrant just in from the islands looking for somewhere to stay. Things go well until the dead cop's partner decides things aren't moving fast enough for his liking and make a move. Once the punks know the building is surrounded by heavily armed police a hostage situation quickly ensues with Tubbs trapped inside.

This was another thrilling episode which opened with one shoot out and ended with another and remained tense throughout; the final storming of the building was particularly impressive managing to be exciting despite having a surprisingly low body count. It was good to see Philip Michael Thomas take the lead as Tubbs spent most of the episode trapped with the hostages where he had to try to defuse the tension without revealing that he was a cop. It was also good to see a different side of Miami; one where the poor people live rather than the usually array of beautiful people living in beautiful houses surrounded by fast cars and fast boats; the people here looked as if they'd be lucky to see the inside of a bus let alone a Ferrari!

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