It was more the story than the acting. Cameron Mitchell that plays Chauncey Demon gives an excellent performance as the old drunk that Matt makes him feel like he has something to live for. Even James Arness has not lost a beat in this show where he actually appears in most of the scenes. The bad guy, John Russell, is as good as ever in this show.
The problem was the tired script. This has been played out many many times in the series. The ex-lawman has to choose between the bottle or his opportunity for a second chance. The only thing that has changed is the name of the characters. After twenty years, I am sure that it is difficult to come up with different concepts for the show but this one has been done to death.
The actors saved this show by their fine performance. Other than the actors, this show was disappointing.