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  • So, it was great to see Cooper Smith (Fuller) again, and it was a decent story, but there were wrong moments in the show

    • by Orrymain

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      Happy days are here again. Robert Fuller is back, sort of. You have to pay attention because while he’s back, he’s not always back. In fact, his back isn’t his back at all. It’s his stand-in’s. Still, he’s part of this story as much as possible, and boy howdy, I missed him. An added bonus, Wagon Train: The Ben Engel Story is a darn good story.

      Clu Gulager plays Harry Diel, a no-good guy who ends up embraced by a much kinder man

      named Ben Engel. John Doucette pulls off the title role very well. Ben Engel ends up feeling responsible for Diel, and he falls for the guy’s lies. Ultimately, while Diel is away at war, Engel takes care of Diel’s wife and child. This is something that Diel uses to his advantage later when traveling with the wagon train.

      Young Darby Hinton, best known for being Daniel Boone’s son on the TV series, plays Diel’s son, who cries a lot. He doesn’t really have much to ...

      • do — except cry … a lot.

        What disturbs me most about the mother, played by Katherine Crawford, is that she’s supposed to be a loving mother, but the way her character reacts, she doesn’t necessarily come off that way. After realizing how treacherous Diel is, she lets him go up into their wagon to check on the boy while she remains to talk to Ben. There are all kinds of little moments like this, when she isn’t responsive to the boy’s cries. She doesn’t even

        put up a fight when Diel says he’s going to take the boy away. Instead, she gives him this stomping pout and then walks away. It just all felt wrong to me.

        Then there’s the ending. The wagon train travelers were all believing a lie, and just like that, it’s like it’s gone away. It just ends. It makes no sense.

        So, it was great to see Cooper Smith (Fuller) again, and it was a decent story, but there were wrong moments in the show.

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