History YMMV / Columbo

26th Aug '16 12:51:15 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** "Double Shock" is about two brothers, Dexter & Norman Paris and it is initially ambiguous who the real killer is. [[spoiler: They both are actually helping each other.]] Then in 2006, a show about a SerialKillerKiller named [[{{Series/Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] premiers and he later finds out he has a brother. [[spoiler: Dexter's brother is the arch villain of the first season.]]

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** "Double Shock" is about two brothers, Dexter & Norman Paris and it is initially ambiguous who the real killer is. [[spoiler: They both are actually helping each other.]] Then in 2006, a show about a SerialKillerKiller named [[{{Series/Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] premiers and he later finds out he has a brother. brother in the first season. [[spoiler: Dexter's brother is the arch villain of the first said season.]]
26th Aug '16 12:50:33 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** "Double Shock" is about two brothers, Dexter & Norman Paris and it is initially ambiguous who the real killer is. [[spoiler: They both are actually helping each other.]] Then in 2006, a show about a SerialKillerKiller named [[{{Series/Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]] premiers and he later finds out he has a brother. [[spoiler: Dexter's brother is the arch villain of the first season.]]
23rd Aug '16 7:11:08 AM PriceCheck
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While fairly popular in the US where it was made, Columbo was a smash hit in Japan, to the point where there were several novelizations of its episodes in Japanese and some episodes were released commercially there that weren't released in the US.
18th Jul '16 9:49:40 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Some of villains may make your skin crawl. Columbo himself may stop being nice to them in some cases.
** ''A Stitch in Crime'': Dr. Barry Mayfield displays no remorse for his desire to murder Dr. Hidemann to take control of a revolutionary heart-surgery project. When Nurse Sharon Martin discovers that Barry intentionally botched the surgery on Hidemann's heart, she confronts him about it and is remorselessly killed with a tire wrench at her car for trying to verify that Mayfield used incorrect suture on Hidemann's heart.\\
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Mayfield coldly kills a second time after speaking with Columbo about a suspect; Mayfield ambushes the [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit fall-guy]] at a motel with a knockout drug and injects an overdose of Morphine, causing him to wander confused until he falls down stairs and breaks his neck. Columbo almost completely [[BerserkButton loses his temper with Mayfield]] near the end of the film, something no other villain causes as much as Mayfield.
** ''A Deadly State of Mind'': Dr. Mark Collier specifically; Mr. Donner is waiting for Dr. Collier at the Donner house, angry about Collier's affair with Mrs. Donner and the use of drugs and hypnosis to keep her loyal. When Dr. Collier tries to leave with Nadia Donner to cheat with her, a conflict starts and Dr. Collier ends up accidentally killing Carl Donner with a fire poker. Dr. Collier manipulates Nadia into telling the police that she was a victim of armed robbery.\\
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However, when Columbo starts finding inconsistencies with Nadia's story, Dr. Collier "programs" Nadia to commit suicide on queue with a future phone call, feeling no grief over his "lover". The second murder was especially senseless, as Dr. Collier was placed at the first murder scene by a blind-man who heard the Mercedes peeling out.
** Joe Devlin and all his IRA terrorist associates from "The Conspirators". They put up a front of being a peaceful Irish organization out to fight against terrorism, while secretly using every penny their front brings in to buy guns to ship to Ireland for terrorist purposes. The closest any of them shows to a sense of honor is when Joe murders a potential weapons dealer because he believes he's being scammed.
15th Jul '16 8:00:10 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** ''A Stitch in Crime'': Doctor Barry Mayfield displays no remorse for his desire to murder Dr. Hidemann to take control of a revolutionary heart-surgery project. When Nurse Sharon Martin discovers that Barry intentionally botched the surgery on Hidemann's heart, she confronts him about it and is remorselessly killed with a tire wrench at her car for trying to verify that Mayfield used incorrect suture on Hidemann's heart.\\

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** ''A Stitch in Crime'': Doctor Dr. Barry Mayfield displays no remorse for his desire to murder Dr. Hidemann to take control of a revolutionary heart-surgery project. When Nurse Sharon Martin discovers that Barry intentionally botched the surgery on Hidemann's heart, she confronts him about it and is remorselessly killed with a tire wrench at her car for trying to verify that Mayfield used incorrect suture on Hidemann's heart.\\



** ''A Deadly State of Mind'': Doctor Mark Collier specifically; Mr. Donner is waiting for Doctor Collier at the Donner house, angry about Collier's affair with Mrs. Donner and the use of drugs and hypnosis to keep her loyal. When Dr. Collier tries to leave with Nadia Donner to cheat with her, a conflict starts and Dr. Collier ends up accidentally killing Carl Donner with a fire poker. Dr. Collier manipulates Nadia into telling the police that she was a victim of armed robbery.\\

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** ''A Deadly State of Mind'': Doctor Dr. Mark Collier specifically; Mr. Donner is waiting for Doctor Dr. Collier at the Donner house, angry about Collier's affair with Mrs. Donner and the use of drugs and hypnosis to keep her loyal. When Dr. Collier tries to leave with Nadia Donner to cheat with her, a conflict starts and Dr. Collier ends up accidentally killing Carl Donner with a fire poker. Dr. Collier manipulates Nadia into telling the police that she was a victim of armed robbery.\\
10th Jul '16 10:07:37 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** ''"Butterfly in Shades of Gray"'' features an over-acting William Shatner playing Chase Fielding. It's like he was having a laugh playing the role, and he was given permission to fool around and act over dramatic.

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** ''"Butterfly in Shades of Gray"'' features an over-acting William Shatner playing Chase Fielding.Fielding Chase. It's like he was having a laugh playing the role, and he was given permission to fool around and act over dramatic.
8th Jul '16 8:31:51 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** In addition to the stars who appeared as killers more than once, Character Actor Vitto Scotti appeared in a number of supporting roles, Bruce Kirby appeared nine times (usually as Sergeant Kramer), William Shatner and George Hamilton appeared as murderers on both NBC and ABC episodes (Shatner was Ward Fowler and Fielding Chase, Hamilton was both Dr. Mark Collier and Wade Anders), and Creator/LeslieNielsen appeared twice -- once as a murder victim and once as the boyfriend of the episode's murderess. This is also especially true of Shera Danese, Falk's real-life wife, who was in several of the films and had major roles in some of them. She appears in six episodes. In fact, Shera Danese and Peter Falk first [[RomanceOnTheSet met]] while filming "Fade in to Murder". She only has one small scene in that episode but quickly got bigger roles in later episodes of the series.
** In the original '70s {{Mad}} parody "Clodumbo", the BigBad is drawn to resemble frequent Columbo villain Robert Culp.
3rd Jul '16 8:09:18 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* NightmareFuel: Some of the murders that are enacted in the series can be disturbing, especially for such an old show.
** Doctor Barry Mayfield (Creator/LeonardNimoy) is almost like Spock from Franchise/StarTrek with very reserved emotions. Nurse Sharon Martin complains to Dr. Mayfield about his (intentional) use of the wrong suture during a heart operation on his boss Dr. Hidemann, and makes calls to a certain authority. Dr. Mayfield follows Nurse Sharon to her car and kills her by a tire-iron with no emotion, like a [[Film/TheTerminator Terminator robot]]. Also disturbing is wondering how Dr. Mayfield became the person he is. It helps that Columbo is also disgusted with how arrogant Dr. Mayfield is.
** Doctor Mark Collier in ''A Deadly State of Mind'' abuses his hypnotherapy skills to control Nadia Donner, who he is having an affair with. In this universe, his hypnosis along with his use of drugs makes his control of Nadia so strong that he "programs" her to commit suicide when she become a liability in covering up his involuntary manslaugher of Mr. Donner.
** One particular example has the murderer train his dogs to maul anyone who says the word "rosebud," and later tricks his best friend to say the word while he's alone in the house with the dogs. The viewer is only given a few discreet glances of the victim struggling as the dogs attack, but his screams and the ferocious snarling of the Dobermans are chilling, especially for anyone with a fear of dogs to begin with.
3rd Jul '16 11:26:00 AM Taxi-Pizzatime
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However, when Columbo starts finding inconsistencies with Nadia's story, Dr. Collier "programs" Nadia to commit suicide on queue with a future phone call, feeling no grief over his "lover".

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However, when Columbo starts finding inconsistencies with Nadia's story, Dr. Collier "programs" Nadia to commit suicide on queue with a future phone call, feeling no grief over his "lover". The second murder was especially senseless, as Dr. Collier was placed at the first murder scene by a blind-man who heard the Mercedes peeling out.
1st Jul '16 10:02:04 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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Mayfield coldly kills a second time after speaking with Columbo about a suspect; Mayfield ambushes a man at a motel with a knockout drug and injects an overdose of Morphine, causing him to wander confused until he falls down stairs and breaks his neck. Mayfield is desperately trying to pin the murder of Sharon Martin on him. Columbo almost completely [[BerserkButton loses his temper with Mayfield]] near the end, something no other villain causes as much as Mayfield.

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Mayfield coldly kills a second time after speaking with Columbo about a suspect; Mayfield ambushes a man the [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit fall-guy]] at a motel with a knockout drug and injects an overdose of Morphine, causing him to wander confused until he falls down stairs and breaks his neck. Mayfield is desperately trying to pin the murder of Sharon Martin on him. Columbo almost completely [[BerserkButton loses his temper with Mayfield]] near the end, end of the film, something no other villain causes as much as Mayfield.
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