Highway Patrol: Mexican Chase, a fourth season outing, was different from all of the previous shows because it was the first time it showed a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol and Mexico. It was something new, and that gave the episode a refreshing place to go in its usual chasing down of the bad guys.
What was interesting to me, though, was how casual the alliance was. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare about it. When the time came that when Chief Dan Mathews (Broderick Crawford) getting to meet with his Mexican counterpart, he simply drove across the border and did so.
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. guest starred as Mathews’ Mexican equivalent, Captain Julio Gonzales. He was good casting. Hoyos had a commanding presence and attitude in his portrayal and was very believable. I enjoyed watching him, even though the role was somewhat of a second banana to Crawford, whose character called all of the shots.
I have to admit that there was something oddly exciting about watching the two chiefs drive away in their respective cars and in opposite directions when their initial meeting is. I’m not sure what it was, but it fascinated me. I just can’t quite figure out why it did so.
Also, I’m not sure about the logic of the two men meeting at a scenic locale versus at the Mexican chief’s office. I can understand it for financial purposes, but it just didn’t make sense to me. They made some reference as to why in the show, but it didn’t work for me.
The problems I have with the episode dealt with some poor acting by one of the victims who states he had been angry during the robbery and yet didn’t show it much at all and with the big shoot out at the end of the show.
As the police close in, one of the villains calls out “It’s the cops” and that was so weird to me. It felt like a ridiculous beginning to the shootout. Then in this massive about of gunfire, no one ever reloads; worse, the villains decide to hop in their car and drive away.
The actual take down is phony as can be. I won’t describe it here, but it brought down what had been an interesting idea.