Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace
Jack Kelly did appear briefly in this series and there were plans for him to return for a second season - alas that didn't come to pass.
Bret decides to settle down and enjoy the easy life in Sweetwater, but before he can, he has to head out to the Badlands to hunt down the thieves who stole all his money. As Sheriff Tom Guthrie is a bit preoccupied - trying to save his job - Bret hooks up with the only help he can get - the devious Philo Sandeen, who sells himself by claiming to be General Custer's former chief scout!
The Lucky Ace is an enjoyable story with Garner slipping back into the role as if he had never been away - the supporting cast are also on top form with several recurring characters being set up in the pilot episode. Why the show failed is anyone's guess - it was made in the early 80's at a time when the westerns popularity as a TV genre had diminished.