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The initial exploration of the world is decent enough, postulating San Francisco as part of Greater Texas, and with radically different corporate laws. There are probably some logic holes somewhere in amongst everything that gets presented, but it's intriguing enough to pull the audience along for the ride.
Quinn's actions in the bar are helped by consistency with what we've seen him do in episodes like "El Sid" and "Greatfellas", only this time it's taken to an extreme, and Quinn will have to resolve it. For quite some time beginning here, the episode looks as though it has probably de-railed itself, with our would-be hero having done something atrociously unforgivable. As admirable as Quinn's expressions of grief are later on (including the ones reported by Wade), he can't quite claim the territory he truly wants to at this point, unlike William Hartnell's Doctor in "The Gunfighters" (Doctor Who story no. 25) who flawlessly and eloquently abided by principles far above the use of guns, even as a representative of the law in the wild west. This derailing is largely fixed later on, by a revealing twist about 1/3 of the way through. While this is immensely good, it still leaves at least two important questions. Exactly what was Quinn's intent upon firing the weapon? And if his bullet didn't kill Jed Dalton, exactly what ever did happen to it? (In other words, how bad a shot is he, and did he deliver a serious or fatal blow to Jed anyway after the decisive exchange?) I guess we'll never know.
Early on, the story looks as though it's stuffing Quinn into the prisoner dynamic, building anticipation of a routine episode. Thank goodness this is little more than a launching point to give Quinn a tour of the other important guest characters for the episode. Indeed the prisoner dynamic tables are turned pretty quickly and refreshingly, by having Quinn question the bizarre manner of his sudden release and virtually ask to remain prisoner.
Quinn's chaperone Billy Ray turns out to be an enjoyable character, helping to sustain large sections of the middle of the show with a stylish combination of wit, charm, and menace. Good one. This story has an underlying half-implied tension running all the way through it, making it a good example of the drama of a sinister organization that will remain friendly with you as long as you don't try to leave. We get a bit of that in the Charlie Sheen film "Wall Street", although Tom Cruise's "The Firm" is a more solid and classic example. Al Pacino's line from "The Godfather, Part III" sums the dynamic up well: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"
Interestingly during this solidly Quinn-focused story, Arturo takes more of a back-seat in this adventure than in any other we've seen yet, which is also refreshing. Wade is quite vocal and makes a strong appearance in this one, but is really little more than a walking opinion all the way through.
Rembrandt at least gets a little side-plot to sink his teeth into during the third quarter of the episode. Quinn did really good stuff with the cards in "Greatfellas", but Rembrandt is even more enjoyable at poker in this story. In terms of having easily understood motivations, Rembrandt's plot is miles ahead, easily getting audience investment, and making it easy to root for him. The one pity with this sequence is that he isn't allowed to take it to conclusion (which would be the $1 million buy-in for the computer trade show) and there doesn't seem to be any good reason why the script should want to cut this bit short.
Of course, the hero's path would not be complete without a dramatic exit to set himself apart, and the standard wormhole effect certainly does help here. Curiously, the timer seems to fire twice to open it this time, once without the beam, and then once with. Baffling. The ending from "Shane" is perhaps paralleled a bit too literally here, and doesn't quite make the greatest possible emotional impact, but what the heck. It still works.
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