Just last night, I wrote about how we’re watching two comedies and one po-faced drama, and here Randall & Hopkirk gives us an hour that doesn’t have a gag in it, not even a smile. Well, one smile. There’s a nice callback to an installment from the original series, “The Trouble With Women,” when Marty helps Jeff cheat some criminals at poker. It’s easy to win when you have a ghost up your sleeve.
This episode was filmed in Latvia and neither my son nor I enjoyed it very much. It’s a bleak story full of unpleasant people that makes it look like there’s nothing in Latvia other than poverty, bribery, and prostitution. That’s not to say it’s poorly made, but we definitely prefer this show when it’s got fun old character actors and the stakes are a little lower and a whole lot sillier.