The series has now come full circle. The pilot episode, "Detour To Nowhere" is included as a "Bonus" feature on the 3rd of a set of 3 decorative TV guide style discs in a nicely arranged product that brings us the final season of an exceptional program. The crowning light of the Wednesday Mystery Movie of the Week. Banacek is a true visit to the past as it was. A calmer, well civilized and interesting world of antiques, friends, short love affairs and puzzling cases that bring to life the 1970's in a special way.
The second season featured less eccentric insurance claimants and more participation by Insurance agent regulars with the Boston company that pays Banacek his 10% finders fee. Also, Banacek's friend and information supplier, Mr. Mulholland who has the best job in the world as an Antiquarian Book Dealer is seen several times with the same Asian lady studying various Chess positions and 70s style "communication" techniques that bring lighter moments to the plot.
As always, women are attracted to Banacek's cool style but as a field player he rarely is serious with anyone save for a few repeat romantic engagements with his fellow investigator for the Boston insurance firm, Karly, a repeat character drawn from the original pilot as was his valet and our bookseller Mulholland.
All of the plots are interesting, colorful, slow paced but never lapsing, well written and worth the price! Well recommended.