Judge P.S. Colbert often throws himself on the mercy of a Torte.
Our reviews of Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 1 (published March 14th, 2007), Perry Mason: Season 5, Volume 2 (published December 22nd, 2010), Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition (published April 16th, 2008), Perry Mason: Season 6, Volume 1 (published October 13th, 2011), Perry Mason: Season 7, Volume 1 (published August 21st, 2012), Perry Mason: Season 8, Volume 1 (published January 9th, 2013), Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2 (published January 31st, 2007), Perry Mason: Season 6, Volume 2 (published January 22nd, 2012), Perry Mason: Season 7, Volume 2 (published December 16th, 2012), Perry Mason: The Final Season, Volume 1 (published June 20th, 2013), and Perry Mason: The Final Season, Volume 2 (published August 25th, 2013) are also available.
"He has a pickle face and eats nothing but gruel."—Witness testimony
May it please the court, the following fifteen episodes are hereby admitted as evidence of Perry Mason: Season 8, Volume 2.
• "The Case Of The Terminal Thief"
Legendary scream-screen siren Fay Wray (King Kong) appears as "Mambo Mignon" Germaine, a snake-worshiping night club dancer who keeps a voodoo doll as her good luck charm. She's just one of many increasingly bizarre, boundary-testing characters populating the second half of this long-running series' odd octennial season.
Incidents of violence are considerably upped for this caseload—a motorboat explodes, one decedent is harpooned, and a beautiful blonde employs jujitsu in order to ward off some "unwanted advances," to name just a few—but so is a fevered sense of inanity, in terms of character motivation and plot construction. As any dedicated P.M. fan knows, one has to make certain concessions, allowing for the fact that there's virtually no way to solve these mysteries by keeping track of clues; one simply must wait for Mason to coerce a blurted confession out of the guilty party (usually in the presence of a courtroom audience) in the eleventh hour.
Even so, I'd never done so much head-scratching and forehead slapping over a collection of episodes before, as the gimmicks, red herrings and McGuffins piled up in what seems to have been a frantic attempt to ensure that Perry Mason: Year Ocho would not be another season of the same old-same old.
Paramount seems bound and determined to break land speed records for releasing successive Perry Mason half-season sets (this is the fourth inside of five months), and that break-neck pace may account for the visual and audio glitches I noticed here. Not that there are many of either, or that the glitches are especially disruptive, but for the record, this latest set of standard definition, full-screen transfer showed more scars than usual. That said, collectors of this series continue to be spoiled by the general visual and audio clarity of these reruns—remarkable, given their age.
We'll now pause for what I presume will be a very brief recess, before rejoining Perry and crew for their ninth, and final, season.
Nonsensical, but not guilty.
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