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  • Randy Benton is played by Randy Boone, and this episode was a good introduction for him, even with its problems in logic

    • by Orrymain

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      The Virginian: First to Thine Own Self is the 20th episode from the western’s second season. The show is notable because it introduces the character of Randy Benton. He’s a lonely sort, a young cowboy just drifting around when he meets up with a man and his granddaughter, Melanie.

      While entertaining, there is a bunch of flawed logic in this 90-minute program, including:

      –the girl doesn’t react to grandfather’s death, even after Randy comes back.

      She doesn’t look to be in shock or even upset. There’s just no real response or reaction from her at all.

      –The girl’s aunt was part of the original scheme and though she’s seen the light, why would the Virginian and others just trust her and turn over Melanie without everything being settled?

      –Everyone stands around and watches the fight with the Virginian and Pell. Not one person even tries to stop it or even calls ...

      • out. That’s ridiculous, especially with Melanie there.

        –Randy knows Pell and Reese’s story doesn’t make sense but he goes along anyway. For someone who had been so cautious, that doesn’t ring true. He knows what the Virginian and Betsy told him, so considering the way he’d been already, this doesn’t make sense.

        –The offer of a job to Randy from the Virginian just came out of nowhere with no real setup.

        That’s the bad. The good

        is that Randy sang 3 songs, one to Melanie on the wagon, one to Melanie in the cave, and one to Betsy at the ranch, which was really odd because it had no lead in or exit and Betsy didn’t have a single line. She just pretended to be cooking and smiling at Randy a lot.

        Randy Benton is played by Randy Boone, and this episode was a good introduction for him, even with its problems in logic.

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