The pilot for the 1971 - 1972 series of the same title. The story of Michael Longstreet, an insurance investigator recovering from an explosion that killed his wife and took his sight. He ...
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The pilot for the 1971 - 1972 series of the same title. The story of Michael Longstreet, an insurance investigator recovering from an explosion that killed his wife and took his sight. He decides to remain an investigator and find those responsible for his wife's death and his blindness.Written by
Interesting but it does make you wonder how this could be translated into an entire series.
I can easily understand how "Longstreet" could be made into an installment of "The ABC Movie of the Week", though how this could become a weekly TV series is beyond me...which might explain why the series wasn't successful and only lasted a season. It's sad because the pilot movie actually is pretty good.
When the movie begins, Mike Longstreet (James Franciscus) and his wife are blown up! She is killed and Mike is left permanently blinded. Much of the film consists of him coming to terms with his blindness and then learning to adapt to life. Most of this is very interesting. However, the show also included Mike investigating the explosion, as he's an insurance investigator. This was a HUGE weak point in the plot, as this blind man seemed to have almost magical powers...and the arrest of the culprits happened off camera--and they tell Mike about it after the fact. This is a seriously bad way to do it, as there's no suspense...none.
Overall, worth seeing but the notion of week after week of Mike investigating crimes blind...well, it just doesn't make a lot of sense.
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