This was a one-season lived western show from 1967.
Theme music is also by Markowitz.
Attention readers: I have been implementing a system that is nothing more than a note to myself; for cues that I want to include in a suite one day, for now on I will denote them with ^ symbol. It has no special meaning to anyone else but myself. No, the lack of an up arrow symbol doesn't mean the cue is bad (it just may have too much SFX or FX for suite use or just isn't worth my time to edit and include). Hence forth this system will be in all future threads and pre-exiting threads that I go back to for missed episodes. Anything in ( ) are just notes to the arrow and you need not bother with that. The system does not mean that I will make a suite or that one has been made, it's simply for my own reference if and when I do decide to.
0:06 in. Over five minutes of tense, moody, and action material.^
6:52 in. Opens like it had been written by Rosenman.
18:41 in. And the Indian celebration source music after the commercial break (simple but pleasant).^
29:00 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
40:12 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
44:19 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
This is a really fine score. Markowitz must have been inspired to give more. I think I cited every single cue, so I might as well go ahead and say the entire score should be released.
Reporters of the last fifteen or so years saw this episode and decided: that's the kind of scumbag shitweasel reporter I want to be! Not the ending part.
In real life the history of what did happen with and to the Apache Kid, is all over the place and his eventual death comes down to hearsay and who you believe. While the year the show takes place in-'verse has not been specified, the last confirmed sighting of the Apache Kid was reportedly 1894, so that would mean this show takes place before then.
2:57 in. I think part of this cue might be tracked from the above episode.
5:43 in. I think the riding music is tracked from a prior episode.^
48:41 in. Playful closing cue.^
Just a few short episodes ago another General said he was going to recommend to Washington to stop brining people out here to make recommendations; the fort had people who knew what they were doing already.
In real life there doesn't appear to have been a real person named Hondo Lane, a character that appears to have been made up for a short story an the old film (starring John Wayne as Hondo) was based on.
Bad Guy After George Soros' Heart: "If you were a student of history, you would know that once a war starts, only scholars wonder how and why it began. If they find out, it won't be in our time."
15:23 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^(second)
The Apache Kid returns and boy, he's still an evil piece of garbage. This was a good villain for Hondo. The home invasion is brutal and goes on for several minutes. I'm wondering if it was too much for the network and maybe this played a hand in the decision to cancel the show.
(NtM: 20:25, 24:59 )
Hondo: "Well, the bullet went right clean threw the flesh. How do you feel?" Buffalo: "Like I've been shot."
32:52 in. And the short intro cue after the commercial break.^
Guest star Jack Elam perfectly plays the boisterous and bastardous Diablo. But the whole happy ending makes no sense from the build up and seems like a last-minute script change.
Trivia: There doesn't appear to have been a real Mexican baddie in the 1800's named Diablo. However, the character is a lot like a comic book bad guy named Poncho Diablo.
(NtM: 15:05, 24:59)
Diablo: "I protect you from ME!"
And that was it for the show. No spin-off's, no remakes, no re-visionings, etc. The show was actually good, it's a shame it didn't go on longer. I don't think we ever really got to know as much about Hondo as I think the writers had intended.