Have Gun Will Travel: The Sixth and Final Season, Vol. 1
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Of course, the '2-volume-split' format is a blatant profit-gouge...
BUT, to make matters all the worse; HGWT SEASON SIX IS THE SERIES` SHORTEST (by 6 episodes) SEASON !
I could also point out that behind-the-scenes, Richard Boone had already decided to end the series before season 6 began filming, and thus the episode count was cut to the minimum and the scripts for the latter part of the season were previously-rejected (or to be kind; put on the 'back-burner') stories which were finally used to avoid paying for still more material (as these had already been paid for)....
Thus you get such weak tales as 'Lady Of The Fifth Moon', 'Two Plus One' etc....
Oh, there are highlights; the dramatics of 'The Fifth Bullet' (with Ben Johnson in great character), 'A Place For Abel Hix' (Paladin out for a Reckoning)... 'Trial At Tablerock ' (2nd best of the 'courtroom' episodes) and of course, 'GENESIS' There are even some fun comedic efforts; "Taylor`s Woman' ( Be careful what you wish for) and 'Bob Wire' (Woodrow Parfrey steals the show)...
But there are sooo many dreary and dark disappointments, such as 'Penelope' and 'The Walking Years'......and (sadly to say) more.....
Fans want the series complete, and will pay of course, but as Paladin might ask ;
"Yes, they have the Right to charge their exorbitant price...But is it MORAL?"
This shorter final season could ( and should) have been a single release.
The Paladin character is a former west point officer and civil war veteran. He is from an important family but falls into disgrace and is eventually paid by his family not to go home. To stay away. He falls into a life of dueling, gambling and mercenary work. The episode shows the character hitting rock bottom in his youth, confronting his mistakes years later and possibly reaching a sort of redemption late in life. Whats so good about
the episode is that explains the character in an allegorical way rather than a literal one. The answers it offers are meaningful answers rather than trivia.
William Conrad both directs and plays a role in the episode.
Memories of Monica
Marshal of Sweetwater
A Place For Abel Hix
I would like to comment on a one of these episodes.
"Genesis" tells us the story of the origin of Paladin. The story begins with an intruder that breaks into Paladin's apartment to commit theft or to kill Paladin (it's been a long time since I've seen the episode) to pay off a huge gambling debt. Paladin stops the burglar and asks the burglar why he tried to steal from/kill him. He explains to Paladin that he has accrued a huge gambling debt...which reminds Paladin of a time long ago when he owed a huge gambling debt to Norge (played by William Conrad). Thus begins the meat of the episode...the flashback starts BEFORE Richard Boone's character was known as "Paladin". The flashback starts with Norge giving Paladin a way out of his gambling debt. To do so...he must go to a settlement owned by Norge and kill a gunfighter known as "Smoke" (also played by Richard Boone). Norge can not enter the settlement because of "Smoke" who watches over the settlement to protect the people from Norge. It is from this story that we learn how "Paladin" was "born".
This is a great set...volume one...which even contains an episode starring Star Trek's Deforest Kelley in the final episode of the set, "The Treasure"...co-starring Lee Van Cleef and Dallas' Jim Davis.
I highly recommend volume one as it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is with this set that Paladin and HGWT go out with a BANG.
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