The Mountain Master of Sha Tin (2019) – Ian Hamilton

I’ve been hooked on Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee books since I first discovered them. I devour them voraciously as I follow the brilliant, and brave young woman on her adventures. She continues to work, somewhat, as a forensic accountant, but her life has changed a lot since I first met her, and she has become…

Miami Vice (1988) – Redemption in Blood, and Heart of Night

The Sonny Burnett arc comes to a close this week with Redemption in Blood. Written by Scott Shepherd and Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward, this story first debuted on 11 November, 1988. Vice detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) still believes he is his undercover alter ego, Sonny Burnett, and has done some…

Miami Vice (1988) – Love at First Sight, and A Rock and a Hard Place

Vice detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) goes undercover with a video dating service to find a serial killer in the first episode up this week. Written by Peter McCabe, the episode first aired on 15 January, 1988. Johnson also serves as the episode’s director. Caitlin (Sheena Easton) is worried she may lose her new husband,…

Miami Vice (1987) – The Big Thaw, and Child’s Play

All series have their handful of weaker episodes, but most Miami Vice has been solid storytelling, but of course they are going to stumble on occasion. And this, The Big Thaw,¬† is definitely one of those. Written by Joseph DiBlasi (Michael Duggan), it aired on 23 October, 1987. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson), Ricardo Tubbs (Philip…

Miami Vice (1987) -Heroes of the Revolution, and Contempt of Court

John Schulian pens the final episode of the season from a story by Dick Wolf, and the third season closed out on 8 May, 1987. Gina (Saundra Santiago) started the season with Irish Eyes are Crying, and she ends the season with Heroes of the Revolution when she is used by a Eastern European spy,…

Miami Vice (1987) – Down for the Count Part 1 & 2

We dive into a two-parter this week that sees John Diehl bowing out of the series, wanting to pursue other options, and leave an underwritten character, that of Larry Zito behind. Airing as two parts, unlike the series opener, and season two opener, Dick Wolf penned the teleplay from a story he created with John…

Miami Vice (1986) – The Fix, and Payback

Detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) investigate a dirty judge in The Fix. Written by Chuck Adamson, the episode first aired on 7 March, 1986. When the Vice team busts a dealer, in a buy that goes bad, the judge, Ferguson (Bill Russell), overseeing her case sets a paltry bond,…

Miami Vice (1986) – One Way Ticket, and Little Miss Dangerous

Vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) go after lawyers and drug dealers in the first episode of Miami Vice this week. Written by Craig Bolotin and John Mankiewicz, this episode first aired on 24 January, 1986. When an attorney friend is murdered, Sonny discovers that it was because they…

Miami Vice (1986) – Definitely Miami, and Yankee Dollar

A fantastic episode is hindered by the presence of Ted Nugent (ugh), as I head back to Miami for more Vice.¬†Definitely Miami aired 10 January, 1986 and was written by Micheal Ahnemann and Daniel Pyne is a Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) story that plays out brilliantly. Callie Bassett (Arielle Dombasle) and her husband Charlie (Nugent)…

Miami Vice (1985) – Back in the World, and Phil the Shill

Detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson who also serves as director of this episode) recalls his time in Vietnam, when an old friend, Stone (Bob Balaban) resurfaces with a story about some heroin that made it out of Saigon and is now resurfacing in Miami. Back in the World was written by Terry McDonnell and first…

Miami Vice (1985) – Bushido, and Bought and Paid For

Castillo (Edward James Olmos who also serves as the director of the episode) takes center stage in the first episode up this week. Bushido was written by John Leekley and first aired on 22 November, 1985. The Lieutenant is asked by an old friend from the CIA, Jack Gretsky (Dean Stockwell) to help get his…