Miami Vice

Season 1 Episode 4

The Hit List (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 1984 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Top notch episode!

    The pilot episode of Miami Vice was stunning and there is no way that it could fail to hook a new viewer to the show, an accomplishment of no small weight as a lot of pilot episodes fail to excite or really stand out. As good as the pilot was, The Hit List blows right by it and appropriately leaves the viewer reeling as if hit over the a good way!

    The initial limo hit sequence is hard hitting, and even though the physical shotgun blast damage is extremly exaggerated, it doesn't come off as extremly over the top or unrealistic to the viewer. Instead it effectively protrays the brutality and danger of the "Argentinian" and makes it violently clear to the audience that this is one dedicated killer. The calm, laidback, analytical demeanor of the hitman as he stalks his target and plans the hit is an effective and interesting contrast in character to his the aformentioned violence and brutality that he displays while actually carrying out the deed. Great acting and character realization.

    What really pushes this episode into the realm of classic is the unexpected shooting and death of Lou Rodriguez (Gregory Sierra). Too many times in cop and other action based shows the main characters are placed in danger but the audience knows (and is not disappointed in their prediction) that said characters will do the impossible and escape untouched or miss death or injury by the closest of inches. Not the case in this episode and it totally catches you offguard in this respect. I will admit that when Sierra's character saw the flashes of the rifle scope from the office building I was pretty confident that he would dive and save Crockett and himself from any surprise in him actually getting hit and injured to the degree he did was a result purely genuine and brought me into the show to a level that is quite rare. The news at the end of the episode that he has died of his injuries just drew me in even deeper and made the next weeks episode ESSENTIAL viewing.

    Definte higlight of the show, but do not forget to include the other supurb sequences of the final Crockett residence shootout and the various times we see the Argentinian in close proximity to Crockett stalking him with his stoic and anonomyous demeanor.

    Must watch.
  • A stunning episode - thrills, spills and unexpected twists for the show

    "Calderone's Return" starts in an undramatic fashion with a light-hearted pre-titles sequence involving Zito and Switek on surveillance duties. As soon as the theme tune and credits have ended, the show shifts gear and the action begins. When the men that Zito and Switek are assassinated by a professional hit-man, a list turns up with Crockett's name as a future target. Crockett's life is never a simple one - he is faced with the double whammy of a potential divorce or the possibility of a swift death from an assassin's bullet. To make matters worse, it transpires that Calderone himself has requested the hits.

    Jan Hammer recognises the need for some first-class music in this episode and we are provided with the first appearance of the excellent "Crockett's Theme". Even the Pointer Sisters are "So Excited" at the ensuing action that unfolds.

    Ending on a dramatic freeze frame and the sound of squealing tyres, we are advised that this tale is "To Be Continued".
  • Clever story, tense drama, great music....exactly why I this this series!

    This episode was put together really well. The idea of Calderone hiring a hitman to take out his competition and Crockett was clever. The best sequence is near the end with Tubbs hauling through the streets coming to save Sonny. Russ Ballard really contributed some great songs to this series, and \\\"In The Night\\\" was the first with \\\"Voices\\\" following in part two.

    I also feel that it was the right choice to remove the Rodriguez character because he just didn\\\'t offer anything to the dynamic of the show. Bringing in Castillo two episodes later was brilliance!

    I also like to point out that this is the first episode to use \\\"Crockett\\\'s Theme\\\" by Jan Hammer, and would become a series\\\' staple. This episode ranks among my top five favorites of season one:

    Brother\\\'s Keeper
    Calderone\\\'s Return, Part 2
    Calderone\\\'s Return, Part 1
    No Exit

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