Tod and Buz are in Dallas, Texas employed at an import company. While at work, Buz is kidnapped by a religious zealot who has killed in six different cities. The mentally unbalanced man "...
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Tod and Buz are in Dallas, Texas employed at an import company. While at work, Buz is kidnapped by a religious zealot who has killed in six different cities. The mentally unbalanced man "warns" each city he visits that unless they obey the Ten Commandments for 24 hours he will have to "sacrifice" one of their citizens. Written by
Clever premise trading on a religious fanatic, something rarely seen on commercial TV of the time. Caine (Wayne) is obsessed with moral degradation, believing he's been chosen to wake up the world to the necessity of the Ten Commandments. Trouble is he's become a methodical killer in pursuit of his aim. Moving from city to city, he takes on the identity of his latest victim, who he threatens to sacrifice if people don't start reforming. In Dallas, he's kidnapped Buzz who now looks doomed by the fanatic.
Kudos to the writers. They could easily have parodied Caine's character, but they don't. Instead, he's normal acting and well-spoken, no different from the average man, at least on the outside. On the inside, however, he's obsessed with reforming the world, no less. Good thing that fine actor David Wayne was hired. He's quite persuasive as Caine (note the Biblical name of the man who slew his brother; how apt). Caine's literate explanation in the car with a captive Buzz comes across as the entry's high point. In fact, Caine's manner is so intelligently restrained, you have to listen carefully to his words to realize how demented he is.
Good views of Dallas, especially the trade mart where the guys work that also appears state of the art for the time. Anyway, it's a strongly original premise, well played out in the narrative. All in all, the series again shows its cutting edge strengths.
(Check IMDb's Trivia for the historical significance of the Dallas Trade Mart.)
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