Monday, June 19, 2017

Monkees--"Hitting the High Seas"

    The Monkees seem to get caught up in an awful lot of international intrigue and criminal plans. They manage to land themselves into a bit of both as they wind up impressed by a ship of pirates bent on robbing the pirate captain's last legitimately captained ship, the Queen Anne.
      The guys lose their current job as house band for a waterfront bar. They are so desperate for money they agree to become ship hands on a run down schooner. As cabin boy, Davy overhears the captain reviewing his plan to rob his old hip, the Queen Anne as revenge for firing him after thirty years of service. The Monkees try to incite mutiny that fails, but successfully save the Queen Anne by catching the pirates in a net during the musical romp.
      Mike only appears briefly in the beginning of “Hitting the High Seas.” The character Mike got seasick because real mike also got seasick. He disappears below decks for the remainder of the episode. The script was rewritten to accommodate his absence without missing a beat as far as I can tell. The captain's parrot is voiced by Micky, which makes it amusing when Micky secretly imitates the parrot to force the captain to elaborate on his plan of robbery.
      “Hitting the High Seas” is an amusing episode even if it is short a Monkee. I like the numerous references to Moby Dick, Horatio Hornblower, and The Mutiny on the Bounty. The plot certainly defies all semblance of plausibility, but it does bring the laughs. Ironically, it is the first scripted episode to not feature a canned laugh track.
      Rating: *** (out of 5)

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