Over the period of a series, not every episode is a great one, indeed not every episode is an average one. Somewhere through the time on air there will be episodes that just don’t stack up when it comes to those it is surrounded by. This one is one of those for me.
Perhaps it is the somewhat morbid air of the entire episode. A man is convicted to hang after accidently killing a child. Skulking around is a peddler, who not only sells the rope to hang the man, but sells a bag of dirt to the man’s father insisting it is magic dust which will change the mood of the mob and help free his son. The rest of this episode is devoted to the slow crawl of the inevitable final scene, where not only does the brand new rope suddenly break as soon as the trap door is released, the man survives, and the parents of the girl killed decide he has suffered enough, and THEN the peddler starts giving his money away! Yeah, it’s a little much for little reward.
Rating: Check the bonds of that rope. Or don’t sell real magic. 2/5