Episode 10 from season 2 this Quincy story was directed by Corey Allen & is a pretty good Quincy murder mystery, it's not one of the show's finest fifty minutes but it's still watchable. Here one of the main problems is that the killers are revealed immediately, in fact within the first fifteen seconds so that sort of takes a lot of the mystery element out of the programme & I just sat there waiting for Quincy to find the proof to nail them which predictably he does with the help of a dead goldfish. There's the usual red tape, unhelpful people in authority & bureaucracy that Quincy has to fight to get to the truth but it just all felt a little too routine & like everyone was just going through the motions. The issues surrounding the danger of radiation isn't touched upon at all & is only used as a backdrop & means of murder rather than the moral issue of the week like it surely would have been in later seasons of Quincy. Also I'm not happy about Donald Bigelow not going to see a Doctor, I mean if he was really that ill as he couldn't stand up surely any normal, sane person would have sought medical treatment? The secretary specifically says he came in during the morning & barely made it to his desk so that means he was badly ill all day long, I'm sorry but most of us just know when we have a cold or are just under the weather a bit & instinctively know when there's something more serious the matter with ourselves. I just don't & can't believe that someone that ill for that amount of time would not have sought medical help.
There's a half decent car chase & crash at the start of An Unfriendly Radiance otherwise it's fairly standard exposition based point the camera in the right direction & shoot type stuff. I'm not happy about Ray's wife's verbal attack on Quincy either, I'm not being funny here but it wasn't Quincy's fault that he confessed to murder was it? It wasn't Quincy's fault that Ray already had a record as long as his arm was it? It wasn't Quincy's fault that all the evidence pointed to Ray's guilt was it? No offense but if I was Quincy I would have had Pete the security guard chuck her out on her ear! Quincy was the only person even trying to prove Ray's innocence so I think she should have been a little bit more grateful! The acting here is good especially the regulars as usual.
An Unfriendly Radiance is a decent enough Quincy episode with a slightly hard to swallow plot & a somewhat routine feeling about it. Fans of the show should still like it but it's not a classic episode.
Later at Danny's, Quincy (Jack Klugman) is called by Sam (Robert Ito) to assist in analyzing some strange results from the autopsy of Bigelow's body which indicate severe radiation exposure. Quincy's findings lead him to suspect there might be more to Bigelow's death than a gash on the head from the accident, and he is inclined to believe Sanchez's story that they were run off the road and he was not under the influence of the drugs that were found on him.
This is a pretty decent Season 2 episode of Quincy which has plenty of action. Although there really isn't a murder mystery here as we see who the culprits are in the beginning, there is still enough compelling drama to keep the audience entertained and interested. While the nuclear aspect of the story is pretty out there, if you don't get too hung up or focused on that element it is pretty reasonable and enjoyable.