Episode #14 - Twitch is Down
Original Airdate - May 24th, 1999
Officer Twitch Williams investigates that alley murders and confronts
Spawn. After Twitch learns too much about the alley murders and Jason
Wynn, Wynn sends the dirty Police Chief Banks out to kill Twitch.
Media and Review by Bird Boy
Written by John Leekley
Directed by Tom Nelson
Music by J. Peter Robinson
Animation by MOOK Co., LTD.
Keith David as Spawn
Richard Dysart as Cogliostro
Robert Forster as Major Forsberg
Ming-Na Wen as Lisa Wu
Michael Nicolosi as Clown
Dominique Jennings as Wanda Blake
James Keane as Sam Burke
Michael McShane as Twitch Williams / Gareb
John Rafter Lee as Jason Wynn
Kate McFarlane as Cyan
Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Jess Chapel
Xander Berkeley as Mike Stewart / Priest
Victor Brandt as Chief Banks
Review: Ah, one of my favorite episodes
of both season three and of the entire series. “Twitch is Down” brings
in more of Sam and Twitch, which is always a good thing. It also has the
first confrontation between Twitch and Spawn, which is played out
beautifully in animation, dialogue and staging.
One of the stand-out scenes in here is the Sam and Twitch interaction in
the shooting range. Sam complains of a gun having its sight off and Sam
uses the same gun to shoot a perfect cross in the head of the target.
There’s a mouth-drop moment and the usual smart ass comments flow from
Sam as Twitch counteracts with his dry wit. It’s a wonderful scene,
which only compounds the emotion you feel at the end when Sam’s
basically crying over his shot partner.
And while we’re on topic of the ending: wow, what a great ending! The
way it ends with Twitch getting shot point blank in the head and falling
to the ground, with Sam yelling over his partner. No music is present,
just Twitch’s fading heartbeat. It’s a powerful end to an episode and
it’s the reason why it’s one of my favorites. So much went on in this
episode that made it a stellar show.
This episode also delved more into Lisa Wu’s character, previously seen
in season two. Here we learn she’s not just a reporter, but a…person who
likes to say scary things on the phone to George Maso-, I mean Xander
Berkely and chant things while naked! Fear not confused viewer, it’ll
all be revealed in a future episode.
Coupled with great animation, mood and characters, this is one of the
stand out episodes of the entire series. While I can’t recommend you
just this episode, as it’s full of history that you’d need have seen
past seasons to understand, it is a great episode to watch over and over
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