Post by stefancrosscoe on Sept 1, 2017 13:25:52 GMT
"If Miami hasn't got it, they haven't invented it yet."
I tried to use the search function, but I could not find any threads or topics of this classic 80s show, and so I thought it was about time to start one up.
I guess it needs little introduction, as it is one of the most iconic TV-series of the last 30 years or more, with its heavy use of popular music, fashion trends, colors, famous guest-roles, fast cars, beautiful women, neon lights and of course Jan Hammer and the list goes on and on.
Of course now, the show might be more of a fun filled nostalgic time machine for a lot of people (my self included) who was maybe too young to remember the 80s and that are fascinated by it, especially if compared to the more modern, gritty and often very depressive TV-shows we now have today.
Not saying every cop show is like that, but then again, I guess Miami Vice must have felt like a nice breath of fresh air when it first arrived on the screen back in 1984.
After re-watching most of the show a few years back, I was very surprised (in a good way) of how the show dealth with some a lot heavy and darker things and did not just focus on having a bunch of good looking people dressing up in expensive clothes, going to night clubs and driving fast cars to work and then deliver "hilarious" quotes at each other all day long, while every episode ended up with one big feel-good climax, where everybody gathered around for a series of hugs and high-fives, case is closed, the end!
Instead, it would often turn out the complete opposite way, or as the villain Benedict (Charles Dance) from Last Action Hero (1993) would put it: "Here, in this world, the bad guys can win!"
And that is one of the reasons why I think the show worked so well to begin with. It was not just about the glamour and fashion or the music and famous guest stars, instead you would never know how things would turn out, as here the bad guys actually had a chance of getting away, while the good guys would often meet a very sad end.
Anyway, it is the darkness or tragedy behind this "paradise" on earth, that really interested me, specially with my favorite Miami Vice episode with the very fitting name: Heart of Darkness
Where Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy from Married with Children) delivers some fantastic and powerful acting, and not just another goofy clown as he here portrays a burnt out undercover cop, trying to get enough evidence to be able to lock some of the most ruthless people within the illegal porn industry behind the bars for good, while his co-workers and wife fears that he has gone over to the dark side.
A very touching and strong episode where the music and songs used in it are all fantastic and plays an important part on the tone and atmosphere to the plot and it was one of the first episodes of the show I saw back in 2003 or 04 on TV, and I became a fan.
Another fantastic one, is the episode of No Exit, where a young Bruce Willis plays a sadistic husband and weapon dealer, that will do whatever he can to get it his way, and if you're not on his side, you are soon to become history.
Beside the epic pilot episode, Brother's Keeper, or the fantastic Evan I think that few episodes comes as close in quality, writing, and acting wise as the stunning Where the buses don't run with an all time great guest appearance by the underrated Bruce McGill, here seen as an veteran cop, Henry "Hank" Weldon who everybody thinks is some mental nutcase but somehow everything he says comes true, no matter how crazy it all sounds, and the whole build up along with the climax scene with Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms might just be the abslute peak of Miami Vice, where everything worked like magic.