The discovery of a 30-year-old corpse brings a collection of interested to people to Miami, including the first appearance of recurring character Charlie Garrett. Jessica is attending a writers' convention and accompanies the dead man's daughter Laura as more murders line the trail of missing negatives.Written by
As everyone was looking for some negatives of photographs taken in 1963, Private Investigator Charlie Garrett (Wayne Rogers) stated that he received them back then bearing a postmark of September 25, 1963. That was the day of John F Kennedy's funeral in which then President Johnson proclaimed across the country, schools, businesses, and government offices closed in observance of the day of mourning. This included the post office which could not have produced a cancellation for that date. See more »
Opening scenes plot setting: CORAL CITY, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 24, 1963 - MIAMI, FLORIDA PRESENT DAY See more »
A potentially intriguing recipe spoilt by too many cooks
Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.
"Dead Eye" is in the weaker half of a very inconsistent, leaning towards disappointing, season. As far as previous episodes go, there are good episodes such as "The Wind Around the Tower", "Final Curtain" and particularly "A Christmas Secret" but also underwhelming ones such as "The Dead File", "Double Jeopardy", "Murder in Milan" and "The Mole". There are worse episodes in the season and of the show, but "Dead Eye" did seem very intriguing on paper and sadly the story does bring things down significantly.
Angela Lansbury, starting with the good things, is terrific as Jessica. She is joined every step of the way by charming and professional support work from Ben Masters, Linda Purl and and Wayne Rogers (in his introductory appearance as a fun recurring character that is much better than a poor man's Harry McGraw). The chemistry between the actors is very nicely done, especially between Lansbury and Rogers.
Production values are slick and stylish. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.
On the other hand, the story really brings "Dead Eye" down. There are far too many elements which makes things convoluted and contrived (the Kennedy assassination solving plot is particularly muddled and didn't feel like it belonged in the episode), and it's also a rather dull and taking-itself-too-seriously experience. The ending is one of those hard-to-swallow, shrug-the-shoulders-in-indifference ones.
Writing is sloppy and dreary, though not quite as badly as the previous episode "Double Jeopardy", and the usually cosy, light-hearted tone of the show is replaced here by an over-seriousness and fatigue. The pacing is bogged down by that too much goes on in the story so it's more leaden than lively and the characters are not really that interesting outside of Jessica and Charlie.
All in all, okay but also underwhelming. 4/10 Bethany Cox
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