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After watching all 15 episodes I have to tell you that this Dick Tracy
seems to have paved the way for some of today's action heroes taken
from the classic comics. The plot line is simply put - silly (a big
crime ring cooperates with foregin goverments, wants to blackmail their
own government, brainwashes people...). There seem to be hundreds of
things going on and not a single case is solved. Tracy comes in, gets
in a fight, the evil scheme is spoiled (case closed), bad guys escape,
Dick follows them and get's in terrible danger. End of episode, right
before Dick is about to die a horrible death. The next episode opens
with a long revision of the previous story and Dick escapes unharmed.
Meets with friends and the new problem arises. They investigate for a
few minutes and then the same story all over. All right, the effects
were awesome for the time when this was made and the ideas for how the
villains planed to take charge were probably highly original back then
(but were copied ever sense), still, not a single episode seems to have
any depth. It was just jumping from one quick and shallow attempt by
the Lame one to do whatever it was he wanted to do (there never seemed
to be a grand plan behind his actions) to another. All in all, if they
wouldn't repeat those previous episode scenes at the beginning of each
episode and if the episodes took some time to develop a story it might
have been good. Now (especially after watching it at once) as one long
Dick Tracy session, I was really disappointed by the shallowness, but
pleasantly surprised by the great effects.
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