With Boston, Massachusetts serving as the primary setting, Three Point Eight follows a vigilante, who in his one man manhunt for the arms dealer that killed his wife, often finds himself in a spot of bother with the police and the crooks. Throughout the series, with the help of his car, the vigilante solves various mysteries, takes down various criminals, and eventually tastes revenge when he finally tracks down the arms dealer.
Genre: Crime and Mystery
Designed to appeal to young adult and adult audiences
Time Period: June to November 1981
Average Episode length: 35 - 60 minutes
Based on a 1957 Novel of the same name by author James Philips
Douglas Wainwright, a vengeful vigilante. Following his wife’s death, Douglas embarks on a journey to track down the notorious arms dealer who had her killed. With the help of a desperate police detective lieutenant, his car, his Irish landlord, some random street cat and a huge cache of weapons that somehow doesn’t get him arrested, he takes down various criminals, and solves cold cases.
Det. Ethan Brentwood, a no nonsense police detective. Having pulled out most of his hair (figuratively speaking) trying to hunt down David Marzil, the notorious arms dealer. He turns to Douglas for help in finding Marzil, in exchange for not arresting and charging Douglas with the countless offenses he has committed.
Declan O’Callaghan, Douglas’ landlord and good friend. A long time resident of the United States, Declan has made a good home for himself and has made a living off of renting out the apartment complex he owns. However, Declan used to be a brilliant Garda detective in the old country and as such, he makes a vital asset for Douglas and Ethan and often turns out to be a genius when solving crimes.
Mayland Paxton 3.8GT, a convertible “sports” car from Mayland Motors. It’s Douglas’ car, see below for more details.
Bingus, a stray sphynx cat that Douglas abducted while in an alleyway one night. Bingus often claws the bejesus out of anyone he lands on (out of fear) when he falls out of an air duct or when Douglas throws him at an unfortunate criminal.
David Marzil, the notorious arms dealer who had Douglas’s wife killed and is the overarching antagonist in the show. In the Season 6 finale he is arrested by the FBI, but is set free by a corrupt agent in the first episode of Season 7, before he ends up being killed when Douglass drops a fully loaded shipping container on him.
Mr. Death, Marzil’s right hand man and hitman. He is the primary target in Seasons 1 and 2, he dies in Episode 2 of Season 3 after the vehicle he and some goons were using to pursue Douglas is hit by a train.
Professor Citrine, an evil sadist who works for Marzil and injects his victims with various chemicals and subjects them to gruelling psychological torture, he dies in Season 4 in episode 5 when Brentwood shoots him dead with a 12 guage shotgun after he opens fire on police officers.
Torrez, An ally of Marzil’s and a dangerously powerful criminal. He is the main antagonist of the whole show, he was the one who orchestrated the death of Douglas’ wife (S1, pilot), Declan’s attempted murder (S2 Ep.10), and Brentwood’s kidnapping (S5 Ep.8). He meets his demise at the end of Season 7 after his elaborate bank heist is foiled by Douglas, where he causes Torrez to crash the tow truck he was using to steal the bank’s vault on the Tobin bridge, leaving it precariously balancing over the side. After the intense showdown, Douglas notices that Torrez’s foot is entangled in a cable and he then kicks the tow truck, sending it, along with the bank vault and Torrez, falling into the river below.
Douglas’ 1977 Mayland Paxton 3.8GT is effectively a main character as well. Since the car is possessed by some sentient force, Douglas believes that his wife’s spirit is the paranormal force that has taken control of it to help him to hunt down those that separated them. One bit of comic relief that surrounds the car is that it always manages to run into Ethan (at low speed, usually making him stumble a little bit.) A second bit of comic relief exists when Doug is chasing some naysayer on foot, the car opens the door into the path of the said naysayer, either trapping them inside when they get in, or knocking them out, or simply knocking them to the ground. Now that it’s possessed by a spirit, the car feels much more responsive, and faster while also being able to drive itself.
Season 1: Douglas’ Wife is gunned down by ruthless mercenaries, in what appeared to be a tragic accident where she ended up as collateral damage. Douglas is enraged and in total despair, but after discovering his Mayland Paxton is now sentient, believing that his wife’s spirit has possessed the car he vows to get revenge on those who took her from him. Eventually he kills the first victim, an infamous gang member who works for Marzil. Brentwood and the Boston Police find the body floating in the river near the MIT campus with multiple stab wounds and Brentwood begins his investigation. Meanwhile Declan scares off some vandals trying to graffiti the apartment building he owns. (6 Episodes)
Season 2: Brentwood discovers Douglas is behind the murders and he realizes that it could bring him Marzil. He confronts Doug, wagering Doug’s freedom for Marzil’s arrest. Marzil meanwhile discovers that various allies of his are disappearing or turning up dead, he begins hunting for the people responsible. Declan meanwhile has more issues with the local council and their new regulations, and is also almost killed at the end of the season when he’s attacked by a man in the apartment block’s courtyard. (8 Episodes)
Season 3: Marzil discovers that two of his goons attacked the wrong person and almost killed him, and he has them both eliminated after ejecting them from his organization to keep them quiet. Douglas kills Mr. Death, the right hand man via proxy after narrowly beating an incoming freight train causing the car Death was driving to be hit and destroyed, eliminating him as a threat. Declan continues to help Douglas and Ethan to track down Marzil. In the season finale, Brentwood is struck by a bullet in a drive-by shooting, ending up seriously wounded. The finale ends on a cliffhanger as the car that attacked them comes around for another pass before the credits roll. (10 Episodes)
Season 4: Episode one opens with the car coming around for a second pass, only for Doug to light it up with an M60 machine gun loaded with armor piercing rounds. All the occupants are killed and Ethan is whisked away to the hospital. Marzil finds out that the revenge attack failed and he becomes enraged and he redoubles his efforts to eliminate Douglas. “Professor” Citrine Marzil’s kidnapping expert has Doug abducted and begins his horrifying routine to try and torture Doug to death, until they hear gunshots where Citrine grabs a gun and goes outside into the hall to see what’s going. Douglas sees the “Professor” leave out the door with a gun in hand, followed by the sound of a shotgun blast and a body falling to the floor before Ethan arrives at the door. (13 Episodes)
Season 5: Doug and the Police close in on Marzil. They arrest over 150 men involved in his operations. However, right before they can catch Marzil, Ethan is kidnapped and the police then set their sights on rescuing him. Furious, Douglas, initiates a manhunt of his own. Ethan however remains missing in Episodes 9, 10 and 11 and Episode one of season six. (11 Episodes)
Season 6: In Episode Three, Ethan is rescued by Douglas before the police, and murders all but of one of Ethan’s captors, whom Doug savagely assaults. Managing to successfully extract the information on Marzil’s whereabouts from the survivor, Doug coldly executes him, and calls the emergency services to their location. Ethan is taken to the hospital while Douglas goes and stakes out Marzil’s headquarters in an industrial area near the airport, but it all goes wrong when he is discovered after having watched the place for 2 weeks. However right as Marzil and his goons are taking Douglas hostage, Ethan, along with the Boston Police and FBI shows up and has most of Marzil’s remaining men and Marzil himself arrested. (13 Episodes)
Season 7: The longest season spanning 16 episodes, is divided into two parts, the first 8 episodes follow Doug and Ethan’s pursuit of Marzil being sprung from prison by a corrupt FBI agent, who dies when Ethan runs him over with a Bricksley Grand Warden detective car. Eventually, the two catch up with Marzil, and just as they are about to arrest him he pulls a gun and tries to shoot Ethan but Douglas stabs Marzil in the chest with a bayonet and watches as he slowly dies. The next 8 Episodes follow them as they chase Torrez, a criminal mastermind who orchestrated everything that happens in the show to seek revenge on Douglas, but in the Three Point Eight Season Finale (S7, E16) Torrez meets his doom after Douglas sends him falling, along with a tow truck and bank vault he stole, from the Tobin Bridge. Following this Ethan lets Douglas go, and has him exonerated. Douglas then returns to his apartment complex and he returns to living his life.
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