Final Season of "Have Gun - Will Travel" Goes Out With a Bang Review

CBS continues its old TV show DVD rollout with the final season of popular western show Have Gun - Will Travel (divided up into two separate volumes with 16 episodes a piece). Long before the days of Craigslist, the “knight without armor” Paladin (Richard Boone) is a hired gun eager to seek out justice on behalf of paying clients in the San Francisco area in the late 1800s. This popular series aired from 1957-1963 before spawning its own popular radio show and managing to rack up a couple Emmy nominations.

The series’ scope is solely focused on this white knight of the west. Each half-hour episode follows his chivalrous quests to right whichever wrongs his clients require.

Throughout this sixth and final season, Paladin must assist a rancher in avoiding marriage to his bully of a fiancée, protect an alleged bank robber from enemies upon his prison release, lead an art collector to a mysterious meeting in the woods with an artist, and defend the honor and innocence of a wide variety of men accused of various forms of murder. While each episode’s premise may sound intriguing, the execution is usually underwhelming and predictable.

The only enjoyable aspect of the show is the character of Paladin. He is a classy mercenary who has received high levels of education, is well-versed in a variety of languages, and enjoys playing chess and quoting Shakespeare. He has a strict moral code and is an expert shot in a duel. His skills make him a valuable asset to those seeking justice. Surprisingly the sixth season premiere is the first and only episode of the series to delve into Paladin’s backstory, making him that much more fascinating. “Genesis” is an intriguing episode and the only worthwhile episode in these DVD sets.

DVD Bonus Features

There are no special features.

"Have Gun - Will Travel: The Final Season (Volumes 1 & 2)" is on sale May 7, 2013 and is not rated. Western. Directed by William Conrad. Written by Sam Rolfe, Herb Meadow. Starring Richard Boone.

John Keith • Staff Writer

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