Monday, February 20, 2017
2/20/1989 Gideon Oliver on TV
It was based, loosely, on Aaron Elkins' series of books about a physical anthropologist, i.e. the skeleton detective. But TV's Oliver (played by a wasted Lou Gossett, Jr.) was more of a general anthropologist, dealing with cults and tongs. The result was not good.
Here is part of what reviewer Richard Meyers said in The Armchair Detective:
"I can imagine Aaron [Elkins] visiting Hollywood, nudging his lovely wife Charlotte, and going, 'Isn't that Gideon Oliver's femur over there? Isn't that his sternum?'
"Gideon Oliver is dead. Long live Gideon Oliver."