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Genre: TV series, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: David Janssen, Barry Morse
Narrator: William Conrad
Creator: Roy Huggins
Run time: 12 hours 51 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
DVD extras: Not much of anything
Related reviews: The Fugitive Season One Volume Two, The Fugitive Season Two Volume Two, The Fugitive Season Three Volume One
When last we left Richard Kimble, “The Fugitive”, at the end of Season One, Volume 2, he was holed up in a house with two crazy odd-couple friends who were shielding him from the long arm of the law. The net was closing in on him as the cops had set up roadblocks and a search party in his area. And then…he escaped. I was kind of hoping for a cliffhanger ending to that first season, but I guess they didn’t do that in the old days. They just figured that people would continue to watch if they made a good series. And they DID make a very good series. I would call it refreshing if a series did it today. But this one is from the mid-sixties, so I don’t know what to call it. I guess I just thought it was nice.
But this lack of cliffhangers and continuing story lines becomes a bit of a problem in Season 2. It was great in Season One when each episode stood on it’s own. It set up the premise of the show wonderfully, David Janssen was brilliant as Richard Kimble, and the writing was great. So, OK. Now you’re in the second season, and the whole premise of the show has now been set up. Kimble has been wrongly convicted of murder, but managed to escape thanks to a disastrous train accident on his way to death row. Now he is on the run from the law, searching for the one-armed man who is the real killer. But now that I’m into this second season, I want more story. I want to follow his hunt for the one-armed man, and I want to root for him as he gets chased by the law. The whole premise of the show is one that screams for continuity between episodes, but we still get one-offs, all season long.
But of course, those one-offs are still very good. Season Two of The Fugitive begins with Kimble looking for help from a superstar lawyer played by Ed Begley. By the way – here’s a hilarious excerpt from a review of this DVD set at www.tvshowsondvd.com - or, at least I thought it was hilarious.“15 episodes that include guest stars like Ed Begley (father of Ed Begley Jr.)” Hmmm…no kidding, eh? But you KNOW nothing is going to come of it, because each episode ends the same way it begins – Richard Kimble is on the move and on the run. Anyway, the season moves along at a brisk pace, one episode at a time. In the end, it is compelling TV, but it isn’t the kind of thing where you want to watch several episodes in a row. Although, that is more than I can say for most television. One at a time is enough, which means you can watch all fifteen hours of Season Two, Volume One of the Fugitive on fifteen different days, over the course of the next three months, which should be just enough time for Season Two Volume Two to come out. Volume One comes out tomorrow, June 10th, from Paramount Home Entertainment.