Episode 430 - THE HUNTER

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Re: Episode 430 - THE HUNTER

Post by emilysean » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:44 pm

The Hunter was on cable today. I always wondered why they didn't end with Adam coming home. Did they even try to get Pernell to come back for one last episode? I almost wished they would have just ended the series with the FOREVER episode.

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Re: Episode 430 - THE HUNTER

Post by daisy60 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:33 am

I had read somewhere that Michael had wanted Pernell to be in Forever but it was denied and instead the part went to Candy. It would have been great but The Hunter was mainly a Joe episode. I cried watching it because Dan had died and this was the last show! :sob

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Post by Sharry » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:51 pm

I thought The Hunter was a suspenseful, intriguing episode. I made a special point of watching it at the time of the original airing. Nowadays I can't remember why I did that other than it must have been highly promoted at the time. Talk about SJS! That episode had a lot to offer along those lines.

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Post by rolsson » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:15 am

ellie wrote:
Fri May 13, 2016 1:30 pm
I think, theme-wise, it bears a remarkable resemblance to The Crucible. A deranged man trying to kill a Cartwright to prove a point about human nature.
I totally agree Ellie. I've only just watched the episode for the first time and I could see the similarities with The Crucible with a "deranged man" trying to get the other person turn savage. That Joe is no more than an animal. I found the whole episode was hold your breath drama. it was a shame it was the last episode and after watching the episode then reading the comments about the reason why the rest of the cast wasn't really in it makes it quite sad. That a side the filming was amazing and the little dialogue really makes you pay attention to what is happening.

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Post by daisy60 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:09 am

I first watched it in 1972, in my late teens. I can't remember for sure, but I think there was an advertisement for The Hunter saying it was the last show. :mad I made sure to watch it but it was a very stressful episode. That shouldn't have been the way to end Bonanza. They should have had a more upbeat show [ Joe needed to get home] for the end . :sob

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Re: Episode 430 - THE HUNTER

Post by ellie » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:17 am

I've heard the rumor that the actors didn't know it was the last show until after filming. The rumor continues that Mike would have written a different show for the end and would have attempted to get Pernell to come back for one last episode. But, :shrug

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Re: Episode 430 - THE HUNTER

Post by ellen » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:15 pm

The last show filmed was "The Marriage Of Theodora Duffy", but since it didn't center on a Cartwright, they changed the order the episodes aired to end with "The Hunter". Like other fans, I wish they had allowed ML to write a final episode; even if PR didn't return, a family centered episode with Ben and Jamie and Joe would have been nice.
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