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This review is from: Wiseguy - Mel Profitt Arc (Season 1 Part 2) (DVD)
Wow! I saw the Mel Profitt arc when it first aired in 1990 and again when Court TV reran it during a summer season. I remember it as one of the greatest sagas in the history of television. This amazing DVD collection does it justice and reminded me that like all great TV sagas, `V', `Twin Peaks', `Murder One' it's fresh every time you see it. I am really kicking myself for not buying this the very day it was released and waiting so long to get reacquainted with Mel and Susan Profitt.
Don't wait. Mel and Susan miss you. If you are new to Mel and Susan you're in for a real treat.
A coup de'ate, smuggling $1 billion in cocaine, blackmailing the French Foreign Legion for military arms, dinner with New York's Mafia, manipulating Wallstreet, beating the CIA at their own game, just an ordinary day for Mel and Susan Profitt. They're madly infatuated with each other but do not bare the same last name because of marriage but because they're brother and sister. VC Andrews fans take note. As bad seed orphans they murdered their way out of foster care to inflict their insanity on the global world of espionage and terrorism. They are genius to the point of being insane and share a physic bond.
Their story is told through Vinnie Tarinova (Ken Wahl) a deep deep deep cover agent for the fictional OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the FBI. Similar to great under cover sagas like `City On Fire' and `Deep Cover', Vinnie becomes infatuated by the Profitt's power and opulent lifestyle. He has no sympathy for the devil, rather envy. For him the morals of crime and virtue become clouded. How far will Vinnie take it? Will he dance with devil and sleep with his woman.
As the cloak and dagger plots work themselves out, greater mysteries evolve whom is manipulating the Profitts and for what purpose? Ever second of the Profitts is on the edge of your seat.
Not to be too negative but Mel Profitt's death was a bit of a let down. It seemed tacked on as a hurried way to wrap things up. To kill a character that powerful deserved a better climax.
If you enjoy a great saga with high adventure this is the DVD for you. You'll also be blown away by the phenomenal acting of Kevin Spacey and Joan Severance. Their chemistry is amazing. Just like the psychotic characters they play we see them as one mind in two bodies. I highly recommend any of VC Andrews' novels which focus on incestuous sibling relationships formed by intense situations.
Somehow `Wiseguy' has been forgotten as one of the greatest series ever. It is legendary as a show which focused on story "arcs" which lasted for as many episodes as needed, sometimes only 3 sometimes more than 10. This way the plot is never rushed like `L&O' or dragged out like `24', or broken up like `LA Law'. `Murder One' was one of the very few shows which also used the arc format. THANK YOU DVD MAKERS FOR RELEASING `WISEGUY' BY ARC AND NOT SIMPLY BY SEASON.