The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Season 1 Episode 12

Crystal Hawks

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 1993 on FOX
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Crystal Hawks
When investigating a crooked bank manager, Brisco witnesses his murder at the hands of Big Smith, a member of Bly's gang thought to be dead. Accussed of this murder and given a bounty, Brisco chases after Big Smith to clear his name, all the while being pursed by a relentless female bounty hunter named Crystal Hawks.moreless

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  • Brisco witnesses Big Smith somehow forcing a man to shoot himself. While standing over the body a few women in a wagon see him over the body and he is now wanted for murder. A bounty hunter arrests him. The twist it is a very attractive woman.moreless

    Sheena Easton does her always credible job of acting as the title character Crystal Hawks. Miss Hawks captures Brisco to turn him in for the $50,000 bounty put up on Brisco by the bank as it turns out the man who was killed was the President of the bank. Brisco escapes and returns to the town a few times and to the bank to find Big Smith and to figure out what is going on with him as he should be dead and he is exhibiting some very strange behavior.

    After a few encounters Brisco and Crystal joined by Bowler and Socrates come together to pursue Big Smith and Bly who Brisco and Crystal had almost caught.

    In general the whole episode is one whole chase with some interesting encounters with the orb and Bly both. We also learn a little more about the orbs, Big Smith, and Bly. An action packed episode with Ms. Easton providing a delightful addition to an already spectacular cast. Well acted and written and a very enjoyable episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Brisco has been framed for murder and is a wanted man. With a determined female bounty hunter on his trail, Brisco must nab the true culprit - Big Smith, who survived his apparent death and now has powers from the Orb. A really good episode...moreless

    This review contains moderate spoilers.

    I found this to be a really good episode of the series, and one of the most enjoyable thus far.

    This episode marks a very slight change in the opening titles, with the removal of the third newspaper headline of 'Rival Manhunter Seeks Bly', as by this point Bowler is pretty much accepted as Brisco's partner.

    Although her accent slips a couple of times, I like special guest star Sheena Easton as bounty hunter Crystal Hawks. She is a good character and it's a shame that this is her lone appearance in the series. If the show had gone on to a second season maybe we would have seen her again.

    I also like the horse seller, who acts like a used car salesman, which makes for a very funny scene.

    In many ways this episode plays like a season finale, with the return of Big Smith and final capture of John Bly. If counting the two-hour Pilot as two parts, this is episode number 13, the usual number for a half-season show, so maybe in part it was conceived to round things off had the series not continued for a full season. The final scene, with the announcement of the escape of Bly and the death of Big Smith, seems rather tacked on.

    All-in-all, I really like this episode, which is a great example of how by now the series had really found its footing.moreless
Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton

Crystal Hawks

Guest Star

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Big Smith

Guest Star

Rayford Barnes

Rayford Barnes

Sherman Paulson

Guest Star

Billy Drago

Billy Drago

John Bly

Recurring Role

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