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  • So when Season 1 of Columbo was available on DVD, I bought and fell in love with Columbo all over again
  • Even though the elements of the plots are similar from episode to episode, the characters are different and interesting, and the actors who play them do so very convincingly

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      As a child, it was a family ritual to watch the Columbo on TV together. So when Season 1 of Columbo was available on DVD, I bought and fell in love with Columbo all over again. It’s a five disc collection and has 8 episodes, each about 90 minutes long. This show aired one every month and each episode is like a movie. As a bonus, it also contains a pilot episode, in which you see a younger Peter Falk testing out his first interpretation of the now-famous detective. As you see the later episodes of the season, Falk modifies some of the detective’s mannerisms and

      adds a few more.

      Each episode follows a particular pattern, like a cat and mouse chase. A smart murderer commits what he thinks is the perfect crime. He carefully plots everything, like setting up an alibi and making sure that all incriminating evidence is destroyed. When the police show up, they don’t suspect foul play. Then detective Columbo comes to the scene. He senses something is not right and he acts on his gut instinct that the murderer is the person that no one suspects. But how is he going to prove it? From there on, he is constantly in the suspect’s face, slowly breaking ...


      • his ego, hoping that the suspect will start to doubt himself. From the beginning, the suspect thinks Columbo is an idiot because his attire is sloppy and seems inept. But that can’t be farther from the truth, and the murderer slowly begins to realize that. It’s great to see an egomaniacal murderer realize his own flaws and become defeated by a genius detective who doesn’t look it.

        Usually, DVDs of old shows have something extra, like additional features. I was expecting them with this collection, like interviews with writers and actors or how the show came into production. But it doesn’t have any of that. All

        it includes beside the show is a short written summary of the episode and the date it aired. It didn’t have one interview with Peter Falk, who was still alive when Season 1 was up for sale.

        Overall, the episodes are still entertaining and it seems more like a collection of movies. It’s relieving to see a show with more substance and not so much hype. Even though the elements of the plots are similar from episode to episode, the characters are different and interesting, and the actors who play them do so very convincingly. Also, Columbo is a classic example of why not to judge a book by its cover.




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