I posted this poll because I was curious as to what other Columbo fans thought. I have been working my way through the recently-released 1989 Mystery Movie Collection through Blockbuster Online, and after the first two episodes, I feel a little underwhelmed.
The first seven seasons are fantastic, and I own all of the DVD's. There's something about the newer episodes, though. It's not the production values, or even the script quality, necessarily. It's less interesting chemistry between Peter Falk and the murderers he is pursuing. And Mr. Falk seems to be doing a "Columbo" impression at times instead of playing the character he inhabited so fully in the 1970s.
Of course, the episodes could get better, but after the first two ("Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" and "Murder, Smoke and Shadows") I am disappointed. That's something I could never say about the original run. Some of those episodes are so brilliantly done, and the 1980s crop thus far has left me cold.
Any other thoughts or comments? Hopefully Universal will continue to release the revival episodes on DVD.