In a land with strong traditions and concepts of heritage, Luiz has his fathers bullfighting legacy on his shoulders. Straight is there to watch this bullfighter as he is promoted higher into a “Matador” status but there are some concerns as to whether he is ready. The glorification of the senior matador is understandable after his untimely death but opens up questions in Strait’s mind as to the secret dealings behind the scenes in Luiz’s life. With Straits inquisitive nature comes a discovery that would change the Rivera family forever.
Bullfighting is often a theme in ITC shows likely due to its long exotic tradition and the realities of imminent danger for the bullfighters. This episode shows us Luiz in his attempt at reaching his fathers legacy by putting himself in this dangerous position.
With events that bring awareness to an unspoken secret, Strait is once again in the thick of solving a mystery that has haunted the lives of the Rivera family.
A cultural festival is being hosted by an old friend, President Ruschek. Strait brings his world renown travelling photo exhibition and his camera to a country that is under threat from the old aristocracy wanting to replace the new reform government. Quickly Strait becomes involved in this fight against an assassination conspiracy because of one of his most recent photographs.
Given its original airdate, it’s easy to see where the motivations of this type of episode lies. A reformation is taking place in the country against the old powers and the government making these changes face a strong fight to quench those efforts. The cold war’s idealogical war plays strong in this storyline where the peoples president is in danger for going against the aristocracy. Strait’s pictures again hold secrets that some wish to hide. One other note on this episode is that the photograph exhibition has photos of characters from previous episodes in the Man of the World series.
Deep in the amazon jungle, Strait is there, being escorted by the military, to report on a rebel leader, Padron. He finds a mission run by an order of nuns that are trying to bridge understanding between the local tribes and the “white people”. The chiefs son of one of the most violent tribes has been bitten by a deadly snake and after all efforts by the witch doctor have failed, the chief brings his son to the mission. Now the danger is great for everyone if the nuns cannot bring back the chiefs son to health. All while, the military remains focused on capturing the rebel Padron overlooking the danger that is drawing closer in the jungle.
Jungle Mission gives us two storylines that merge into the finale. This episode follows Straits journey into the jungle where dangers abound. The military is on the search for revolutionaries and the relations with the tribe people is being perilously tested. The glimpse of hope is the mission run by the Mother Superior whose compassion overrides the frivolous aggression around her. Strait plays the intermediary between the soldier and the revolutionaries all while supporting the efforts by the nuns.
It is rumoured a military leader has been dead for some time, in his place an impersonator. Strait is sent to confirm or dispel that rumour. As a standin chauffeur for a visiting wealthy old lady, Straight gets entangled with the Chief of Police and his ever watching comrades.
Strait is again in trouble due to his camera. In this case, his film could potentially uncover a military secret and further undermine the governments power. Though this premise sounds intriguing to some degree this episode is not one of the best. The additional storyline of a young woman questioning her devotion to the government and ultimately leaving the iron curtain, becomes the primary story of this episode and was a fair attempt at salvaging this episode. Also an old English lady certainly lends familiarity to a classic ITC show.
Michael Strait is visiting West Berlin with a friend and his wife. The American authorities suspect that this friend is passing secrets to the East German government. Strait is pressured to help despite his reluctance to betray a friend.
The Shadow of the Wall plays out in Berlin just as the recent episode Specialist for the Kill. The Berlin Wall again provides a strong backdrop to a storyline that reflects the dangers of being in a cold war hotspot. During this time trust was limited and the likelihood of someone close being for the other side was a constant threat and this episode shows how this could be possible.