Adventures in Rainbow Country

Season 1 Episode 23

Stolen Tugboat

Aired Unknown Unknown on CBC
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  • A Polish sailor jumps ship with the intention of defecting. To this end he steals Dougal McGregor's tugboat and kidnaps Billy Williams. The episode ends, in typical Rainbow Country fashion, with obligatory happy ending.moreless

    The "Adventures in Rainbow Country" episode "Stolen Tugboat" could just have easily been called "What the Heck is Wrong With the Polish Guy?". While the plot line holds promise, the flawed execution relegates this somewhat confusing episode to the lower portion of the "Rainbow Country" barrel. We first see this episode's antagonist standing on the aft deck of what one assumes, judging by the ships flag, is an Indonesian cargo ship. Unfortunately is later becomes apparent that someone simply hung a Polish flag upside down. The confusion continues when it becomes apparent that the would be Polish defector Miroslav Browski (Tony Kramreither) is on death's doorstep. As the episode progresses he goes from bad to worse. A cough leads to uncontrolled sweating, exhaustion and a loss of motor control. It is obvious the writer has something very nasty in mind for poor old Miroslav. Inexplicably the final scene arrives with a smiling and healthy Miroslav making up with kidnap victim Billy Williams (Stephan Cottier) and tugboat theft victim Dougal McGregor (Alan Mills). We last see the trio smiling and laughing as Miroslav explains how much he is looking forward to his new life in Canada. One can't help but wonder how the originally written story ended. Even more curious is why so much effort and film was expended building up to something only to let it drop at the last second. While not a sterling example of "Adventures in Rainbow Country", the "Stolen Tugboat" is still an entertaining and worthwhile watch.moreless

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