As they’re wont to do, Miami Vice follows some bummer episodes with the mostly goofy Made for Each Other.
A hot-shot cop destroys everything in The Maze. From start to finish, the main theme of this episode seems to be “cops just fuck things up.”
Miami Vice is unique in how it takes on themes, and Rites of Passage is a decent look at the line between protecting family and allowing them agency.
The tension in this episode of Miami Vice is slightly undercut by one of the characters being played by Glen Frey of the Eagles and the episode’s titular song, “Smuggler’s Blues.” Full disclosure? I had no idea that Glen Frey was Glen Frey and actually did not realise he was in the Eagles or sang the song that was not only the inspiration for the episode but also a bunch of dialogue was lifted from. AMAZING. Even more amazing is this episode was written by Miguel Piñero, who played Calderone…
Episode fourteen brings us part two of Golden Triangle and a suddenly full look into part of Castillo’s past, like a wife he thought was dead.