Renegade

Season 1 Episode 7

Eye of the Storm

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1992 on USA
9.1
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In the middle of a huge storm, Reno stops at a seemingly deserted diner in a small town, but the place is taken hostage by escaped prisoners with a grudge to settle with the diner owner, who sold them out in prison.

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  • In the middle of a huge storm, Reno stops at a seemingly deserted diner in a small town, but the place is taken hostage by escaped prisoners with a grudge to settle with the diner owner, who sold them out in prison. Not a classic, but fairly good...moreless

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    "Eye of the Beholder" isn't one of the 'Renegade' greats, but it is a decent enough episode on its own merit that passes an hour (well, 44 minutes). However, I am very surprised to find that, at time of writing, it holds a high 9.6 rating here on TV.com; although it's a fair episode, I certainly wouldn't think it ranked that highly.



    Most of the huge storm is brought to life with stock footage from TV news reports, with varying picture quality. The "new" shots created especially for the story do the job reasonably well, but for some of the time (particularly for Bobby and Cheyenne's Winnebago driving along), it does seem to basically be a wind machine blowing a bit of smoke around.



    Either way, the overall plot, of the prisoners escaped from the work party, with a grudge to settle against the diner owner, is fairly engrossing, although maybe slightly drawn out in places. It starts with definite potential, and has some very good moments, but – as the two thugs wait for their leader-of-sorts to arrive before they bump the owner off – things begin to lack the necessary tension later on, and you wonder if the third man is ever going to arrive.



    Meanwhile, Bobby is on his way to funeral of a beloved relation (his grandfather? I never quite worked it out) and thinking about his Native American heritage. While I like the concept of Bobby "going back to his roots" to save Reno, I did find this whole element, complete with ghostly images of dead relation, childhood flashbacks et al, to be rather corny (even by 1990s TV standards), and are the main thing that knock my overall rating of the episode down a bit. I do like the climax, of Bobby bursting in, complete in Native American outfit, but I can't help feel that the writers didn't quite get an appropriate handle on this, and it comes off as a bit laughable on this at points.

    If it had been written someone like Donald P. Bellisario ('Magnum', 'Airwolf', 'Quantum Leap', etc.) writing, it may well have the edge and feeling it needed; or maybe even it had come from series creator Stephen J. Cannell; but here, it feels a bit limp and silly.



    By the way, in the flashbacks to Bobby's childhood, I did think to myself that the child bore no relation to him and they could have cast it better. So it was with great surprise that I saw on the closing credits that young Bobby was played by Fairai Richmond, no doubt a relation of Branscombe (son?). The last scene, around the campfire, wraps the story up nicely, and is appropriately lit. All-in-all, this isn't quite one of my 'Renegade' favourites, and probably doesn't have as much re-watch value for me, but for a watch-once/occasionally-and-enjoy tale, I found it to be a reasonable instalment. I give it 9/10.moreless

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