And my page is up now, too.themacgyverproject wrote:Here's episode 8: Bone of Contention!
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This is only my opinion, but I'm thinking maybe Skeeter was originally meant to be a lesser character, and his chemistry with RDA was so good that they included him more and more as the episodes progressed. His scenes with RDA are certainly a highlight of the series for me.I like the interplay between Legend and Skeeter in the saloon when Skeeter is trying to get his attention.
LOL! I thought you would like this one because of the mystery and action, but I'll grant you, it is very convoluted.The plot in this episode confused the hell out of me. I'll concede to being pretty tired when I watched it so it may just be me, but I wasn't able to follow the characters' motivations and the basic storyline.
I think much of the clarification is meant to come from that Nocturnal Intrusion in the office of the oil company, and the picture they found. I think we are meant to assume that Miles and Beth had been an item for at least three years (picture dated 1873), and so from that came Miles's appreciation that fossil hunters and the oil industry could work together, and the subsequent resentment of Kendall, who believed no such thing, over Miles's selling out. So, in the beginning we are led to believe that Miles was a fossil hunter who was killed by the evil oil company for the claim to his site, and Beth is his sister - only to learn later that Miles was allied with the oil company, Beth is more than a sister, and the oil company hired a federal agent to find the murderer, which turns out to be another fossil hunter. A sleight of hand, as it were, plot-wise. Try not to think about it too much.
I admit to being confused too, but I liked the historical references - fossil hunters murdering each other for claims to sites was a real thing at that time and in that place.
I think I mentioned before that according to an earlier interview with John de Lancie, they were in the middle of shooting this episode when they got the word that the series had been canceled. And as far as I can remember, he was saying that the dinosaur fossil they were using was REAL. They had it on loan from a museum - which seems like a pretty big risk to me, given that set decoration could have created one. But he remembered the feeling of being so impressed by the "reality" of the whole setting in that cave, and the effort that went into the series in general - when they all got the ax.Final Analysis:
I don't have too much to say on this one since I wasn't following most of it. I did like the cave setting at the end, and similar to last episode I like that Bartok has been getting more involved. Ranking it #6 out 8.
Anyway, I look at that dinosaur scene differently, knowing that they went to the trouble of getting the real thing.
This wasn't one of my top favorites back in 1995, but I think I liked it better this time around.