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Very good, if not the best ever Columbo
on January 2, 2010
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this Columbo set. My only problem was that, by 1990, the series was a little stale or predictable. That said, there's a ton of pure Columbo to enjoy here, and the stories are still well-written enough to enjoy on their own. So while this isn't my favorite Columbo set, it is still heads and shoulders above most of the other mystery shows out there. It contains:
* Columbo Cries Wolf
One of my favorite, whereby Columbo uses some serious deception to capture his killer.
* Agenda for Murder
I read that Peter Falk for the inspiration for this one after a trip to his dentist's office. It's a fun episode starring the Columbo-staple Patrick McGoohan who returns as a villain once again.
* Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo
This one is a little predictable in terms of plot, but I found the writing was very well done. Almost an "alternate reality" Columbo that I enjoyed for all the little details it revealed about Mrs. Columbo.
* Uneasy Lies the Crown
This one, like the last episode (Columbo goes to college), has Columbo struggling to adapt to modern technology, but in the end, he gets the job done as he nabs the killer dentist. Knowing the trivia tidbit above, it's funny that an episode with its plot inspiration by his dentist was followed by an episode with a killer dentist!
* Murder in Malibu
This reminds me of a better episode where a wife goes missing, only to return alive, then dead again. Entertaining in spots, this is actually one of the weaker episodes as Columbo doesn't seem to break much of a sweat cracking this case.
* Columbo Goes to College
Columbo is up against a couple of tech-saavy frat boys in this episode. The plot is a little far-fetched, as is the killers complete disregard of Columbo. I guess frat boys can be dumb, but laughing outside a window at Columbo is such a bad idea even the dumbest college student should realize it. Columbo is at his best in terms of acting, but the writing on this episode was relatively weak compared to the other episodes, or earlier Columbo episodes.
So there you have it. It wouldn't get my nod for the best Columbo set ever, but it certainly is six episodes of good-great mystery TV that tops most of what's out there today.