Miami Vice

Season 5 Episode 2

Redemption in Blood (4)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 11, 1988 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • This Was a Great Episode

    It was one of the best episode in season 5.

  • Wraps up a multi-parter, Fine use of Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush tune "Don't Give Up".

    Well Don Johnson and company wrap-up the Crocket is Burnett saga. I enjoyed these episodes a lot especially when you consider the mixed bag that seasons 4 and 5 turned out to be. The performances by the regulars including the scenes at headquarters when Crockett/Burnett turns himself in are some of the strongest the series ever cranked out. Of course skeptics aren't going to buy easily into the amnesia story line...but sense Crockett lost his wife in Season four and was in the explosion you can see all the crap he's been through.
    The use of the song "Don't Give Up" was also one of the best uses of a song to tell a story in the history of this show (to include Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight). Loved these episodes.
  • End of the arc - beginning of the season

    This is the wrapup to the "Burnett" storyline from the cliffhanger of season 4. Having wormed his way through the Carrera crime organization, Sonny deals with bigger plans and mutiny from Max Headro...I mean Cliff King.

    It was a little trite to have another explosion be the catalyst for the "redemption" but it works well. After an assasination attempt, Sonny begins to regain his memory, making it all the way to his locker and the squadroom before having the unit raise their weapons to him.

    He clears himself by leading Tubbs, who he nearly killed twice, and the crew to take care of the remnants of the criminal syndicate. Ready to get back to his life as Crockett, Sonny protects the girl and has one last encounter with El Gato, played too over-the-top by Jon Polito, recognizable as Crosetti from Homicide:Life On The Street. A delectable ending.

    The Burnett storyline allowed Vice to do things it couldn't. While the storyline wasn't everyone's favorite, it sets up a more realistic and emotional final season.

    Despite the average fans' crying, I like Tim Truman's musical approach. The deeper probing of the characters is enhanced this season due to Truman's work, which is a different tack than the cold electronic whirr of Jan Hammer.