Tod, still alone, is working in Apache Junction, Arizona at a dog racing track. When two men rob and kill the owner, Tod joins the posse trailing into the desert/mountains. The hidden ...
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Tod, still alone, is working in Apache Junction, Arizona at a dog racing track. When two men rob and kill the owner, Tod joins the posse trailing into the desert/mountains. The hidden reason for the crime eventually comes out and makes Tod wonder "can people only make themselves important at the expense of others?". Written by
The title quotation is most likely taken from the Canute Laws of 1016 (England) written to govern ownership of Greyhounds (one figures prominently in the episode). The law read that if a Greyhound was found within the forest "the master or owner of the dog shall forfeit the dog and ten shillings to the king." See more »
[Tod's inner soliloquy, heard as a voice over on the sound track]
What made me come along? Why was I afraid not to go? Was it because I knew this was a moment I'd learn something important? Was I afraid to face it for whatever it was? All right, so what did I learn? That people can only make themselves important at the expense of others? These killings - were they murders? Were they sacrifices, each to a private reason, each to a hidden God? Do people really think that if they go ...
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Tod joins a modern day posse that's tracking down two escaped killers. Trouble is the posse's full of people with conflicting aims.
Oh my, there must be a good reason why this episode is such a mess. The main fault is with the screenplay that has more holes than grandma's sieve. My guess is the producers had to scramble now that Maharis had firmly left the series. (IMDB observes this was the last entry to give Maharis billing.) So I'm thinking they scrambled with a couple of re-writes that may have plugged Buzz's hole but added all kinds of crippling plot lapses. At the same time, I'm mindful that R66 was generally one of the best- written shows of the time.
Looks like the entry wants to say something existential about posses in general catch Tod's histrionic denunciation that ends the hour, at least I think that's his point. Anyway, for a series that usually managed to avoid the unsubtle, this is like a car horn at a concert. Then too, for a series that tried to present real-type people,The General (Anderson) comes across more like a caricature than a real person. No need to go on. After all, every lengthy series has its missteps, and this is sure one of them.
(In passingthe credits list Apache Jct., AZ as the location, so those are the Superstition Mountains in the background. Too bad the story couldn't work in something about the Superstition's Lost Dutchman Mine, one of the West's more fascinating legends.)
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