Friday A/V Club: That Time Thomas M. Disch Wrote a Miami Vice Episode About Alien Abductions, Starring James Brown and Chris Rock

Today's TV detritus


Thomas M. Disch, the man behind the New Wave science-fiction novels 334 and Camp Concentration, also wrote an episode of Miami Vice. It's about alien abductions, it stars James Brown as an aging R&B star who's become some sort of cult leader, and it's got a very young Chris Rock in it too. I'm informed that Miami Vice fans tend to think it's the worst episode of the series. But I'm not a Miami Vice fan, and as far as I'm concerned it's the one delirious hour that justifies the show's existence:

The episode is called "Missing Hours," and it originally aired on November 13, 1987. Enjoy.

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