Maverick had an interesting and effective trick that it used more than once. When a new cast member was being introduced, to get audience interest and sympathy the new character would be placed in danger and abused. This happened in Jack Kelly’s first episode. Bret is in danger and brother Bart has to rescue him, dealing with abusive crooks and police along the way. Bart is beat up more than once. And he’s awesome as he’s so determined to save his brother.
The show tried it again when introducing cousin Beau. As I see it, however, they went a bit too far with him. He’s kidnapped and repeatedly threatened with death. But it’s not enough for the creep to say he’s going to kill Beau, ohhh no. He has to repeatedly and graphically say exactly how he’s going to do it and what he’s going to do with the pieces afterward. I ended up so upset by those dialogues that I’m not sure I could ever watch the episode straight through again. I’m actually surprised that such talk was allowed on television in 1960.
One thing I would like to see again, however, are the scenes between Bart and Beau. Those are a lot of fun. The cousins’ interaction doesn’t “click” as well as Bret and Bart’s, but I am pretty sure the cousins care about each other.
A tribute post I wrote for James Garner at the Simon Oakland blog I co-run.
"Excuse me, but that man is cheating you."
"Of course he is. It’s his deal."
I really love Roger Moore’s eyes. I have a weakness for blue eyes. And James Garner has some endearing smiles. I have a weakness for those, too.
I love how John Drake pretends to be hurt and suddenly snaps to. Classic.
And a few more. Have fun, Pat fans!
Dug up some more shots of Patrick Troughton from his first and best Danger Man appearance.
Still can’t identify the lackey’s actor by name. Anyone know? I’d really like to get him tagged.
The Rivals is just about my most favorite episode of Maverick, for several reasons. It’s cute, it’s adorable, it’s the only time James Garner and Roger Moore interacted on the show, even if not as cousins …
… And there’s such a lovely bout of hurt/comfort for the climax.
What more could I want?
The only time all three of them are in the same shots, and Roger isn’t even playing Beau today.
An adorable fond smile.
Rewatching the interview with Mike and Joseph on the season 1 set, I revel in the squeeableness. Mike calls Joseph his buddy and outright says that their characters love each other. I love such frankness about platonic relationships! And the acknowledgement that love doesn’t always have to be romantic in nature.