Miami Vice (1989) – Victims of Circumstance, and World of Trouble

We’re coming up on the end of the series, in fact Victims of Circumstance was the last episode aired before the series finale. But as mentioned previously, I will move to the lost episodes first and then close out the series with Freefall the way it was meant to be.

This one was penned by Richard Lourie and aired on 5 May, 1989. Vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Stan Switek (John Talnott) go undercover in a white supremacist group to catch a killer who may be murdering concentration camp survivors who were supposed to testify against a Nazi fugitive.

The episode opens with a number of hits, as the group seems to be ripping off drug dealers to finance their own activities. As Crockett and Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) begin their initial investigation, everything seems fairly cut and dried but what if they’re on the wrong track?

It’s bothersome to me that hate groups existed than, and more so that they are still around now, and while they may not be the episode’s true villain, they are definitely the real enemy.

The story ends up playing out like a classic episode of Star Trek, The Conscience of the King, so that may tell you what is really going on in the episode without seeing it.

The guest cast includes William Hickey, Xander Berkley, Paul Guillfoyle, Karen Black and John Leguizamo. Music includes Severance by Dead Can Dance, Miami Beach Rhumba by The Klezmer Conservatory Band and Cowboy Junkies’ Misguided Angel.

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World of Trouble is the first of the ‘lost episodes’ of Miami Vice and was the first one aired after the series finale and cancellation. It was written by Raymond Hartung and aired on 14 June, 1989.

Al Lombard (Dennis Farina) returns to Miami in an attempt to reconnect with his son, Sal (Tim Quill) – who is working on settling a deal to purchase a stolen cutting edge weapon that was taken during a demonstration Crockett and Tubbs were at. Unfortunately for Al, there’s a hitman after him sent by his old boss, Librizzi (Ned Eisenberg).

It’s interesting to see Lombard back, as he, Crockett and Tubbs have a really nice chemistry together despite being on opposite sides of the law. And of course, with both son and father in the line of fire, you know this episode isn’t going to play out well for either Lombard.

It ends up being a nice tie up for Lombard, who we didn’t realize we needed back, but it was nice to see him, and also adds to the sheer exhaustion and distaste that Crockett and Tubbs have for the job.

Music for this episode includes Paseo de Gracia by The Alan Parsons Project and Inspiration by the Gipsy Kings.

Next week is the penultimate installment of the iconic 80s series… Miami Vice.

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