Previously: David Janssen stars in the original TV series, then Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones star in the movie remake to much acclaim. A nation gets the point. A nation also scratches its head and wonders, "Why the hell don't they just do a REAL television classic over again, like Three's Company?"
Diagonal close-up on Timothy Daly as Dr. Richard Kimble, sporting a terrible straw-yellow dye job that's pure Miami Beach. You can hear his breathing. Camera revolves to right-side-up, and you see he's in a bus, in prison orange (by the way, did anyone ever see the Chris Rock parody of the Gap ads? With everyone wearing those orange jump suits and singing, "Fuck Tha Police" and then the caption said, "Everybody in Jail?" Anyway, it was pretty funny). He keeps breathing.
Camera pans around the bus, and you see everyone's tossed around and obviously the bus or train or whatever has crashed. Dr. Kimble takes Lt. Gerard's pulse. He fumbles for the keys and unlocks himself and slides out of the bus wreckage. Camera pulls back to show the bus on its back, like a pillbug, off the side of a highway.
Kimble looks around, shpritzing to beat the band. Timothy Daly does a fine job here of the Saliva Acting Method, where he drools so much at certain points that I think he 's going to hit the camera lens. I smell Emmy, Timothy Daly!
Suddenly a voice yells, "Kimble!" It's Lt. Gerard and he's awake. He says, "Dr. Kimble, think now. Do you really want to do this?" Kimble screams, "I don't want any of this! I didn't kill my wife!" Gerard tells him he can't help that, that a jury already convicted him, "and my gun in your hand won't change that." Kimble looks around all wild-eyed (why do all actors think Charles Manson is the proper model for acting crazy? Not that he's not a viable one, but it'd be nice to see some variation) and tosses the gun, then runs away. Gerard follows him. The Minor Chords of Suspenseful Escape Sequences follow.
As Kimble runs through the swamp/fen/bog/whatever, we see flashbacks of what "really" happened: Kimble's wife dead on the floor, with her nipples extremely prominent through her tank top -- what the hell? I thought CBS was a family network. Although I guess not after Survivor.
In a separate flashback that immediately follows the first one, we see Kimble coming home late after standing up his wife at the restaurant, talking about how he got held up in surgery by a six-year-old who was a "bleeder." The entire house is lit in orange. Is it Halloween? Because that's not exactly my idea of a romantic or suspenseful lighting concept. Plus, it makes Timothy Daly's hair look like an enormous candy corn. Anyway, Helen, Kimble's wife, hops up behind him and they get all frisky. From this we can infer that they were a happy, loving couple.