You mentioned Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka as influences. There were shades of both in here, but I also had an Edward Scissorhands vibe, and the manipulation of vices in order to make characters see the light (or get their comeuppance) also reminded me of one of my favorite movies of all time, The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant. I liked this.
Early on Horatio made me kind of worry he was a bit on the dark side but as we got to know his intentions, that dissipated steadily.
I enjoyed the complexity of the multiple character plot, and some of your dialogue from Horatio was especially wise and true. The only thing I might say that could be deemed negative is that we never get to know who Horatio really is or why he singled out this group of folks to influence. Maybe you could consider adding a couple of lines or scenes fleshing him out just a tad better that way, although keeping him a complete mystery too has its merits.
But I really liked the story. It's clever and well thought out and you can't argue with the logic of it all, which is why Frank Capra movies have stood the test of time. I appreciated the old-fashioned decency of your writing. A real pleasure to read a script here that refuses to taint itself with rough language and over the top nastiness.
Good show, Horatio.
Review of: Horatio
reviewed by **DELETED ACCOUNT** on 09/30/2005
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