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Blindspot Season 5 Episode 3 Review: Existential Ennui

Weller and company have got to put together the pieces faster before they all crack up.

The stress of being on the run was getting to them all on Blindspot Season 5 Episode 3, except maybe Rich.

And if Rich is the most stable member of a team, that squad is in big trouble.

They certainly can't wait for Weitz to save them. 

He's showing no sign of growing a spine, and Madeline got even further inside his head in this episode.

It kinds of makes you wonder why she needed all those mercenaries she brought in.

At headquarters, she's up against plucky computer whiz Afreen and maybe the weaselly Weitz, whose loyalty seems to shift in the wind.

Ivy Sands and her mercenaries are supposed to be hunting down the team. But why bother, since the squad seemed determined to come to them, or at least the gang with whom Madeline had aligned.

Of course, the idea is for Weller's team to determine Madeline's evil plan to expose her and come home as heroes.

The only problem is that Patterson doesn't have the computational power to which she's accustomed, so it's not like she can just hack into the server at headquarters anymore.

This means, like on this episode, doing way too many things blind.

It would be helpful if they could figure out who is sending them obscure clues. So far, we've just eliminated suspects -- Weitz, Afreen, Madeline (but then she lies so much that who knows?).

Another clue that only Patterson (and maybe Afreen) would understand gave them a way to find the gang that Madeline had recruited.

But they were hardly in the right head space to be going on any raid.

Kurt just wanted to reach their goal of bringing down Madeline so he can get back to see his daughter. He treated everything else like details.

Jane was having nightmares about death when they return to New York. I know her daughter Avery is an adult, but shouldn't her name at least come up in passing?

Zapata was skittish because she didn't know how to operate without Reade covering her six. That was definitely one reason the German raid blew up in their faces.

Patterson largely had her head in the game, although she was still worried about her father, Bill Nye, even though she knew he could stay off the grid, probably with a potato clock and a lemon battery.

Rich had it most together, trying to make Archie feel homier with touches such as artwork and a high-end coffee machine. Those nerds love their coffee!

No wonder they argued about hopping over to Germany to check out the gang's hiding place.

What wasn't clear from the trio's flashback was whether the failed op was because it was an ambush or because they were working with minimal intel.

It made for good tension as they trickled back one at a time, with Weller and Zapata blaming each other for the failed mission.

That is until Jane arrived with a prisoner in tow. That's why it's called a "secret" hideout.

Was Jane right to bring back a hostage to interrogate? Probably, since he was the only thing that they had to show for that messed-up recon effort.

Only Morris/Hayes was able to play Jane, winning her over with his tale of woe.

That enabled him to escape (briefly). Rich had to rally the troops because they were so busy pointing fingers at each other.

Then, when Jane put Hayes out of their misery, they were back to square one, until Patterson found the inevitable super, secret SD card.

So, as hinted on Blindspot Season 5 Episode 2, it's about a chemical attack.

Is Madeline planning to thwart the attack she organized so that she can be labeled a hero?

Or is she going to pin the attack on Weitz, or the fugitives, or both working together?

Either way, Weitz won't see it coming as she got his head all screwed up this episode.

First, he lied and lied and lied some more about what really happened in Helsinki. He does lie well.

Madeline let that exercise in futility go and tested his loyalty instead, assigning him to get rid of Susan Shah, an obstacle in Madeline's ascent in power.

Weitz seemed to think he could just ask Shah to step down, and she would. After all, hadn't he just saved her life from a bomb?

But that wasn't the message that Madeline wanted to deliver to Weitz. Instead, she had an object lesson in mind, to prove how much she owned him.

At the heart of that lesson was poor Brianna.

For those wondering what was going to happen to Brianna, it was inevitable.

After she got snubbed as a field agent, she went over to the dark side, then found out it wasn't simple to cross back.

She attempted to redeem herself by uploading the contents of Dominic's phone for Afreen, but she got caught and paid the ultimate price.

Now Weitz knows that he's equally expendable when he know longer has any value to Madeline.

At least he had the decency to warn off Afreen, although she's likely to carry on as a one-woman resistance force.

Hopefully, the fugitives' helper can come through with something other than nebulous clues, and soon.

To follow the Madeline saga, watch Blindspot online.

Can the team pull it together in time to thwart the chemical attack?

What's Madeline's ultimate goal?

Will Weitz die a noble death?

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In The Dark Season 2 Episode 7 Review: The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Murphy just mucked it up, and Darnell may pay the price for it.

Two of the biggest takeaways from In The Dark Season 2 Episode 7, is that Max is Murphy's kryptonite, and she will bring everyone and everything down around her to keep him safe, and Ben was a problem, and somebody had to deal with him.

We're trudging along and over halfway through the season, but there's no telling where the series will take us from here.

As much as Murphy is fighting against it, she's shown as cut out for this life, and Nia has taken notice. Murphy cares about the people in her life, no matter how often she likes to pretend otherwise. When thinking about her actions, you have to remind yourself of what she's endured in the past year.

She lost Tyson, and she hasn't recovered from that yet. And the most unfortunate part about it was the lack of justice in the matter. She knows Dean is the one who killed Tyson, and he got away with it and is continuing to wreak havoc on her life in other ways.

She also loves Max, and in some way, she lost him too. She thought he was dead at some point. Then, she couldn't enjoy his presence in her life because of the warrants out for him. She had to push him away to protect him, and now she's tied to Nia more than ever in an attempt to keep Max alive.

When considering that she lost her best friend, and Jess was nearly killed and is no longer speaking to her, then her need to get from underneath Nia made all the sense in the world.

She would've gone along with it too; although, she wasn't crazed about one evil (Josiah) used to surpass another (Nia). She was game for it until she heard about the issues Max faced in prison because of the shipment not coming in.

Darnell: So you changed your mind about turning on Nia?
Murphy: Yeah, when you try and kill my best friend, not really gonna work with you anymore.

Does Nia not have anyone there to protect Max from all the addicts looking to score from him? What's the point of having him in jail doing her bidding, if she's treating him as though he's disposable?

Is it that she's ambivalent about whether or not he lives or dies because of him planning to flip on her? Is she doing the bare minimum with the deal she struck with Murphy?

The characters often reference Nia's power and reach, but we don't see as much of it in practice, so it's a mystery. Perhaps she has someone waiting in the wind to take over Max's position if he succumbs to inmate beef.

Her concern about finding a new pipeline to smuggle drugs into the prison was more about her money and a halt in her business and less about Max's potential mortality.

Max has an odd way of remaining centered in the series when it doesn't always feel organic. But while some of his sporadic appearances this season have been lackluster despite Casey Deidrick's best efforts, he was of more interest this time around.

It was largely thanks to the scenes where Murphy smuggled drugs in for him. Their cryptic conversation in the visitation area was one of their best moments from the entire series.

The heat, passion, and love between these two characters lacked this season, or maybe it's a byproduct of feeling indifferent to the pairing, but Deidrick and Mattfield were spectacular in that scene.

They sold that love between them -- the desperation. In so many words, Murphy revealed that no matter what happens, she loves Max, and she would do anything for him.

Max: Murphy...
Murphy: What?
Max: Nothing.

Yeah, it's reckless and bordering on suicidal at times, but she's not making apologies for that. Max was both disappointed that Murphy got wrapped up in all of this and grateful -- adoring that she did all of this for him.

He loves her; they love each other, and them not saying it was more meaningful than if they had.

Murphy's ingenuity is one of her best qualities, and it was a thrill to see it on display as she determined how to sneak Max the drugs.

It only felt right that she wouldn't be allowed to rely on Pretzel again. It was bound to catch up to her in that regard, and whether they violated the ADA or not, the risk of discovery was high.

Max: Are you insane?
Murphy: Max, it's you. I'll do anything to make sure that you're OK.

The usage of Murphy's cane was a doozy; the scene was reminiscent of a caper film. It was a fun sequence.

But Murphy's love and devotion to Max may have come at the expense of others in her life. It's frustrating that Darnell is doing everything that he can to keep Murphy and the others safe, but Murphy's actions are putting him in jeopardy.

His flaw is in how much he seems to care about others. Darnell's plan was simple for ridding their lives of Nia. Murphy couldn't understand why he was meeting with her to tell her to do nothing, but he's right. Without knowing, Murphy would find a way to Murphy it up.

Ironically, she still managed to do it despite knowing better, and she didn't think to give Darnell a head's up about it either.

Nia, real talk, what are we doing there? It's a guide dog school. There's no security. There are people coming in and out. It's weak, and Murphy, she's messy. She doesn't know what she's doing. She can barely take care of herself, and she's holding your product when we're on the ropes. You and I both know we need to get it out of there. With Josiah closing in, we got to make the smart play here, and it isn't Murphy Mason.

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Darnell wanted to have Nia move her stash from Guiding Hope. All he wanted to do was convince her that Murphy was a screwup, and the establishment wasn't ideal for their stash.

The funny thing about it is he had Sam's backing, so it didn't make him look suspicious either. Sam has said similar things to Nia since the beginning.

And their points are valid. It makes no sense to hide drugs with a bunch of laymen, at a failing business, with no security.

It still doesn't make sense to leave the stash there. The smarter move would be to have Murphy go to another location to retrieve the stash of drugs she'll now be smuggling into all the prisons.

Nia: Everybody thinks I'm stupid for keeping my stash at Guiding Hope, but what they don't realize is, it's not that dog school I see potential in. It's you.
Murphy: Me?
Nia: You act like you don't like it, but you're good at it. You don't ask permission. You don't rely on anybody. You just do. And you do it for yourself, and that's exactly how I got to where I am right now, but if we're going to work together, you're going to need to know a few things.

Murphy's actions have thwarted Darnell's plans, and now, Trey is suspicious of Darnell. It seems Darnell will always have this cloud over him and the vague sense of numbered days.

Josiah wants results, and it's taking Darnell too long to get them. And if Nia finds out the truth about Darnell's plans, then he's a dead man from her end as well.

Nia sees a spark in Murphy, and she's not wrong about it. It does make you wonder if Murphy would continue to find herself in these positions if she got out?

She gets to blame things on Nia and the circumstances, but what if it's all an excuse for some baser instinct she possesses?

Nia is now looking at Murphy as though she's under her tutelage and a future Nia in the making, and it's curious how that will influence Murphy going forward.

In that sense, is it that different than what Amber was saying about Jess?

Jess was giving Felix and Murphy the silent treatment, and she was so affected by her traumatic experience with Nia and Sam.

Brooke Markham has been the dark horse of the season so far. Good grief did she sell the hell out of Jess's weariness and level of DONE.

Amber: You do realize you blame Murphy for everything that goes wrong in your life.
Jess: What? That's not true.
Amber: It's true, Jess.

Jess's forced, resigned smile and terse "right," during the Sterling breakup scene was perfection. You felt it in your soul that she was a woman at her wit's end who could barely react anymore to the level of shit she endured.

Jess was all of us, and Sterling was just one variation of 2020.

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You felt for her, but then she reached out to her ex-girlfriend for a moment of comfort and safety, and she didn't find it there either.

As much as Jess deserved a safe harbor to rest in after everything she's gone through, you couldn't exactly blame her ex for everything she said.

Jess does have a bad habit of blaming everything that ever goes wrong in her life on Murphy. She can use Murphy as a scapegoat, but most of the time, these are choices that she makes.

She can't always blame Murphy for being a terrible influence on her. She isn't a child, and there is some accountability she needs to take in that regard.

Technically, she and Felix taking the money they found kickstarted the money laundering agreement they made with Nia in the first place.

Jess hasn't come around to forgiving her friends, but her encounter with her ex probably gave her something to think about, so it's a start.

They're better off together than apart.

And they have to do something about the Ben situation. In news surprising no one, he's an addict, and he was using on the job. Chelsea describing how he let their loved one die a slow and painful death because he stole her pain pills was dark!

His behavior adds up, and it does suck that Ben has been so one-dimensional all of this time.

Chelsea wants to have faith in her brother, but nothing he displayed all of this time supports why she should.

Ben keeps coming between Felix and Chelsea, and had Felix not insisted on going the extra mile to win her over, Ben would be a non-factor.

My brother has come a long way, and I think his sobriety may really stick this time.

Chelsea

It was dumb on Felix's part to not check the bathroom and make sure it was clear before checking the stash. Murphy has used the standing on a toilet trick multiple times herself. Come on, people!

Ben threatening Felix isn't the least bit surprising, and it shows how his addiction is clouding his good sense.

He has to know Felix and Murphy are working for someone major, and that there is danger. He also knows that Guiding Hope isn't bringing in the money, and by demanding hush money, it would require them to dip into Nia's funds.

He made himself a problem. He would've done better keeping his mouth shut and minding his business. His death was an inevitability.

What if an impatient Trey and some of Josiah's men decide to hit Guiding Hope. By now, he has figured out that's where Nia's stash is, and he'll want to move fast.

And what if Felix doesn't kill Ben; what if Ben is a casualty when Josiah's men storm Guiding Hope and steal Nia's drugs?

It wouldn't fall on Murphy, not after Nia admitted to taking a liking to her.

How is Murphy's new position supposed to pan out? Won't it be too obvious if Murphy is the only person smuggling drugs into multiple prisons?

Ben: Thing is if you fire me, I'll tell everyone about the heroin you're hiding in the bathroom. Yeah. Certainly explains the IRS. The lack of customers and why you guys are so weird all the time. How about this, I keep my job, and I won't call the police on you. In fact, I want a raise. How's an extra 500 a week sound?
Felix: OK.
Ben: And um, it's probably a given, but I wouldn't tell my sister about this.
Felix: OK
Ben: See you tomorrow, boss.

She stands out as a blind woman, and now Nia wants her wandering into multiple prisons to see inmates? On top of that, Dean dismissed Murphy visiting Max, but he's going to notice if she goes to other prisons too.

He'll be able to piece things together. Well, Gene will put them together, and Dean will run with it.

Gene is a great cop, and he's a total scene-stealer, but we need to get the ball rolling on Dean getting exposed. He's long overdue for comeuppance, and with each installment, the need to have him thrown under the prison is strong.

It was sickening the way he lied to Chloe. When will Dean go down? We are WAITING!

Chloe: Why did Murphy say all that stuff last night?
Dean: What stuff?
Chloe: The stuff about you getting away with murder?

Right now, he has her where he wants her: pitying him and disliking Murphy. It'll break Chloe if she finds out the truth about her father, but it's disgusting how he lies to her.

Chloe isn't the only precious cupcake of a character these days. Josh fits the bill too.

He's such a sweet guy, and it's a matter of waiting for the other shoe to drop. What's going to happen to disrupt him?

Will he find something out about Murphy? Will he turn out to be a baddie? What gives?

I can see how loyal you are to the people you love, and I admire that. I'm going to need some of that loyalty too. Be careful who you trust. I learned that the hard way. People are out for themselves, and when their back is against the wall, that's when you gotta watch out. Take it from me; relationships are the death of this business.

Nia

His vision is failing him more than ever, and he's now using a cane. Kudos to how they shot his doctor visit. The blurriness of the scene suited the nature of his conversation with his doctor.

Murphy has taken such a liking to Josh, and he's fond of her as well. Their friendship feels genuine, but at some point, he's going to get dragged into this in some way.

Nia's voiceover was telling. Everything is shifting in their world, but in what ways? We'll have to keep watching to figure it out.

Over to you, In the Dark Fanatics. What do you think will happen to Darnell? Did Murphy make the right call smuggling the drugs? What are your thoughts on Ben?

Hit the comments below with all of your thoughts, and don't forget you can.watch In The Dark online  here via TV Fanatic. 



Council of Dads Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Tradition

On Council of Dads Season 1 Episode 5, the Perrys celebrate the holidays without Scott for the first time. 

From Halloween to Christmas, their traditions are changing. As Larry said, they have to figure out their new traditions now that the tradition-keeper is gone. 

But what does that look like?

On Halloween, not much changed for the Perry family. They still dress up and go trick-or-treating. 

But this year, Theo is escorted home by a police officer. Who also happens to be the guy Robin has a crush on. 

It's awkward, to say the least. But Sam is really sweet about it. He lets Theo off with a warning for underage drinking.

Speaking of kids, how's my boy Theo?

Sam

On the surface, Theo seems to be the Perry child most affected by Scott's death. He's angry and acting out. But, as time progressed in this episode, he seems to be learning how to cope with the loss. In large part, that's due to his new friends. Specifically, Jules.

It's great to see the talented Madison Bailey in a role outside of Outer Banks, so hopefully, we'll be seeing more of her soon. 

On Thanksgiving, Robin's mom Patricia arrives for a visit. She and Robin don't have the closest relationship. But, her mom is there for her when she's in need. According to Patricia, that's not nearly enough.

She feels excluded from the family because Robin's relies on the council. It makes sense. You'd want to be the one there for your daughter and her family instead of three random guys. 

But then again, the council isn't really random. Scott hand-picked who he thought would be the best to fill in his shoes, and so far he's been right. There's still ups and downs, but the council's helping. 

And Robin probably wouldn't want to have her mom around all the time. It's sad, though. Her mom's lonely. She lives alone and is unmarried. She would love to stay with the Perrys. 

But for now, being there on holidays is enough. That was especially important for Robin on Christmas. 

When she became overwhelmed with grief on Christmas day, Patricia stepped in and gave her a way out. They decided to cancel their celebration. 

Any holiday is hard after the loss of a loved one, but Christmas was bound to be the toughest. It's a holiday full of love and being together with your family, and Scott's absence is more noticeable than ever. 

So, Robin changes it up. Everyone goes to help Luly and Evan paint their house instead of their usual celebrations. I was surprised how onboard all of the kids were with this, but they were probably feeling the same way Robin was.

I don't know what they'll do next year, as I'd imagine they won't be repainting the same house, but I'm sure they'll come up with another way to celebrate.

As time was passing throughout the episode, we saw Robin and Sam getting closer and closer. They were bound to act on the chemistry between them at some point. It's probably for the best they didn't start the tradition of a late-night run on Christmas since ten days later Sam was considering working things out with his ex-wife.

It's a shame that Robin's first real attempt at getting back out there came to an end so quickly. She really liked Sam, and he was a nice guy. But it seems the show might be heading towards a Robin and Anthony romance after all.

He buys Robin a beautiful necklace but buys his girlfriend a ski coat. He asks Robin if she thinks he's in love with Margot. He might not even realize it, but there's definitely unaddressed feelings between the two. As of right now, it doesn't seem to be mutual on Robin's end, but it won't be surprising if that changes in the future. 

I could definitely see that pairing being the one they're building to. We might be in for a nice slow-burn storyline.

Speaking of couples, Oliver and Peter's reconciliation wins the award for the best moment of the episode. Things have been tense between the two because of Eddie, but their love will prevail. Oliver is so angry at Peter only because he's terrified of losing him. 

He loves him, and doesn't want their relationship or their family to fall apart. Adding the stress of his struggles with his family and acceptance on top of that, it makes complete sense why he's been so on edge. 

I want everyone to know that I vow, without guilt or shame, to love you, to hold you, to stand by your side through the good times and bad until my last breath.

Oliver

He went through a lot to get to this place where he's in a happy, loving relationship, and he doesn't want anything to affect it. You can tell from how he read his vows to Peter, and how Peter recited them along with him, that these two are madly in love. 

Who else is rooting for them?

Stray Thoughts

  • Patricia's attempt to correct herself after misgendering JJ was a great step in the right direction. 
  • It's convenient that David Walton's character is named Sam because he will always be Sam from New Girl in my mind.
  • Charlotte's breaking-the-glass-ceiling Halloween costume was adorable. But, what's going on with her? She had a strange talk with Tess early in the episode and loses consciousness at the end. The two events don't seem to be related, but I'm not sure if we're supposed to be picking up on something that I didn't.

What did you think of the new traditions?

Do you think Robin and Anthony are meant to be?

Did you like Scott's present to the family?

If you missed the episode, you can watch Council of Dads online here at TV Fanatic anytime.



Burden of Truth Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Wherever You Go

On Burden of Truth Season 3 Episode 2, Joanna's attempt to get Kodie's kids back does not go well. Joanna is wracking up failures, and she is not happy about it. Plus, this one is personal (though we still don't know why).

The writers are not giving us much to go on for the history between Joanna and Kodie. There is a story there.

We get tiny flashbacks that are hints of more, but it seems like they want to drag this out and keep us guessing. While frustrating, it is good writing. It will keep us coming back until the truth is revealed.

It seems like Burden of Truth knows how to give just enough to keep us wanting more.

That is also true with romantic relationships on the show. Others would highlight their main 'ship and show a bunch of scenes for the other 'ships as well. Shipping is one of the main reasons viewers watch and one of the main things they talk about. 

Billy and Joanna have been front and center in the series since Burden of Truth Season 1 Episode 1, but their romantic relationship has always taken a backseat to their working relationship and to the cases they are trying.

We have also gotten to know them as individual people who happen to work really well together.

We got some shipper satisfaction at the beginning of the episode, and then it was full-steam ahead on the case for a while. We didn't forget they were together, but the show wasn't drawing our focus to that.

Everything was about Kodie and her kids when it came to Joanna and Billy.

Joanna's relationship with Kodie and her struggle to connect with Madison was a focus for her. Meanwhile, Billy's issues when it comes to addicts were present in their interactions.

But then the show wrapped up with a truly swoon-worthy scene between the two. Who says the bible can't be romantic? And we're left remembering why we love them, even though their romance wasn't a focus. 

Joanna: Someone is messing with her head. Saying she's something that she's not. I know what that kind of emotional abuse can do to a person.
Billy: There's those ghosts again.
Joanna: I can't slay them without you, Billy.
Billy: When my dad would get sober we'd have to go back to church. Never lasted longer than two weeks. But there was this one passage that always stuck with me.
Joanna: Billy Crawford, are you about to quote the bible to me?
Billy: Yeah, I believe I am. Wherever you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. And where you die, I will die. And there will I be buried.'

We even got to forget that Joanna might be pregnant.

She needs to take that test, though -- like yesterday.

Diane and Owen are another couple in the background when it isn't relevant.

It is relevant right now because Diane is worried that Owen is obsessed with Mercer, and honestly, I cannot blame her. I get why Owen is paranoid. Mercer had been scum for the past two seasons.

I always root for a redemption arc, but he did way worse than stealing a loaf of bread. Plus, six months is not enough time to change your ways. The problem is that Owen is headed down a path that could mean trouble for him.

They say the best revenge is a life well lived; Owen needs to live his life and not go looking for trouble. If Mercer is still scum, trouble will find him easily enough.

Diane: Hey babe, you ever see Les Mis?
Owen: I don't like the French. Or the British. Or Canada for that matter.
Diane: Right. Well, Coles Notes, this police chief gets obsessed when the criminal he put away gets out.
Owen: What happens to the cop?
Diane: His obsession drives him crazy, and he throws himself off a bridge. Spoiler. Sorry.
Owen: Don't worry. If anyone's going over a bridge it ain't gonna be me.

We know from the premiere that Taylor is going after scum, but we don't know how or where. Taylor is absent from this episode, and Luna's worry says a lot about how close they have become. Luna compares her to a sister. And hopefully, Luna's found family is okay.

I like Luna's dynamic with Kat. I find myself questioning if there might be a spark there. There is something of an age difference, they work together, and I'm still hoping for a Molly/Luna endgame.

Yet, there was a connection. It could be a mentor/mentee thing, but as I said, we're all shippers at heart. You can't blame me for being curious.

Maybe he didn't deserve you. You're smart. You're driven. You even have a sense of humor after some scotch. And you did that, not just because you didn't have a dad, but in spite of one.

Kat

Whatever it is, romantic or platonic, I'm liking what is developing. Luna's journey is nearly as fascinating as Joanna's, and I want only good things for her. I'm wondering if, after the "slut-shaming" she and Kat had to do, she might decide that being a lawyer isn't for her. 

It wouldn't be a decision she made overnight. Luna worked with Joanna before, back on Burden of Truth Season 1, and she knows her sister pretty well by now. She's not going in blind to what the law is about.

But Luna is idealistic, and while that could work in her favor, it could also work against her. The law isn't always fair, and it isn't always about playing fair either.

The biggest question of the episode is: do we believe Kodie? She made a good case for why people would suspect her of being abusive, and she seems to love her kids.

But her daughter was scared that her mother was mad at her, and her drug test came back positive. And Billy doesn't trust her. That's a big deal. Billy trusts everybody.

There may be more to Kodie's story than she says, but she seemed to more or less ask for that drug test. Why would she do that if she was using drugs? Someone is likely messing with her, but there is still the question of who and why?

Diane: We were the only three non-white girls at Millwood High.
Billy: I know. I was there. I remember.
Diane: Actually, you don't know. Nothing bonds you more than being other.

I want to trust Joanna's instincts (and Diane's), but it is like Billy said; she has tunnel vision. She owes Kodie something, and until we know what that is, we are missing a huge chunk of the story. We need to know more about Kodie, her life, her past, etc.

So much is a mystery right now. But we're only two episodes into Burden of Truth Season 3.

If the point was to keep us watching, the writers succeeded because there are so many unanswered questions.

We need to know about Kodie.

We need to know Taylor is okay, and we need to make sure Owen doesn't get himself in trouble.

We need more Luna, always, and more Joanna and Billy. And Joanna NEEDS to take that pregnancy test!

What do you think, fanatics? Where is Taylor?

What is Mercer up to, and what will Owen do about it?

Is Kodie innocent?

And what is the deal with her and Joanna?

Let me know in the comments, and do not forget you can watch Burden of Truth online right here via TV Fanatic.



Step Up Series Saved By Starz Following Youtube Cancellation

Step Up has found a new home. 

Starz is resuscitating the TV adaptation of the hit movie franchise a year after being canceled by Youtube Premium. 

The news is somewhat surprising, especially when you consider that the show seemingly faded away following its cancellation. 

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10 new episodes have been ordered of the seies from creator and executive producer Holly Sorenson and Lionsgate Television. 

Characters from the previous season are slated to return, while a slew of new characters are set to enter the series as it expands its world in the move to Starz. 

The series is inspired by the Step Up Lionsgate film franchise that grossed over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and on Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) as the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School and Collette (Naya Rivera), his partner in High Water and in life.

The upcoming season will see Sage, Colette and their relationship challenged as they face criminal charges, financial ruin and powerful political enemies who want to destroy Sage and High Water.

“Holly and her team have created a new and dynamic iteration of the series that captures the hallmarks that have made the ‘Step Up’ franchise so successful and elevates the storytelling for the premium, global audience,” said Christina Davis, President, Original Programming for Starz.

“This, coupled with the worldwide appeal of the multi-talented, multicultural cast, will make this series a great addition to our slate.”

Tricia Helfer is set to play a new character named Erin, alongside stars Ne-Yo and Naya Rivera, and returning series regulars including Petrice Jones as Tal, Faizon Love as Uncle Al, Marcus Mitchell as Dondre, Jade Chynoweth as Odalie, Carlito Olivero as Davis, Terrence Green as Rigo, Eric Graise as King, and Kendra Oyesanya as Poppy.

“The latest installment of ‘Step Up’ not only reimagines the entire franchise but is filled with high energy, lots of heart and electrifying dance moves, and we’re very excited to reunite the talented cast and creative teams for another great season,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

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“This collaboration underscores our ability to work successfully across our businesses to supply premium content to Starz.”

The first two seasons will be made available to Starz customers ahead of the revival. 

What are your thoughts on the news?

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The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 7 Review: The Gang Discovers who Killed Jeffrey Epstein

You have conspiracy theories, and then you have conspiracy theories.

Leave it to The Good Fight to tackle the most outrageous conspiracy you've never heard of.

The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 7 was such a fun and flamboyant hour on its own but struggled a little bit as the ersatz season finale.

Despite this, the Powers That Be did rebound pretty decently, especially when compared to many of the other makeshift season finales due to the widespread production shutdown prompted by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

At the forefront of the episode was, as the title implies, the mystery of who killed Jeffrey Epstein. 

While the episode started as a "whodunit," it slowly morphed into one heck of a twisted ride with one curveball after another.

It was one of the most grandiose things the series has ever done, becoming even more nonsensical by the minute, and yet somehow it worked.

Sure, it was crazy, but The Good Fight has continuously pushed the envelope for four seasons now, somehow managing to balance satire and modern-day political commentary in the same breath.

For the most part, it's able to gracefully toe the line, while still finding poignant ways to discuss uncomfortable topics, such as racism, sexism, power dynamics, and income inequality.

So, if there were any show that could pull off this madness, it would be this one.

Lucca: We do think we’ve deciphered the numbers in the envelope.
Diane: Really? What?
Lucca: Jay.
Jay: We think Lady M.S. refers to Lady Morgan Sidney in a sci-fi novel about sex slaves called “Space Relations.”
Liz: What?

Of course, the series took some liberties when it came to constructing the plot.

However, I was surprised to learn that some of the more outrageous elements were grounded in facts.

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's father Donald Barr did write a space opera novel in 1973 about sex slaves titled "Space Relations: A Slightly Gothic Interplanetary Tale."

While I didn't verify that the book cipher from the novel read, "Call Bill. He will have 12 hours," I'm going to go out on a limb and assume the writers did their homework.

In addition, Epstein apparently did have aspirations about using his ranch in New Mexico -- where multiple women said they were recruited and sexually abused by Epstein and others as part of his alleged sex trafficking operation -- as a base where he would impregnate women, according to the New York Times

And if that weren't crazy enough, the New York Times also reported that Epstein wanted to, yes, freeze his head and penis, or BUD as it's referred to in the episode.

So the writers' insane conspiracy theory about Epstein ensuring that his brain and BUD would be frozen following his death so he could fulfill his very deeply disturbing goal of fathering superior offspring is surprisingly rooted in actual events.

Fortunately, the New York Times says he never got around to that, so let's keep our fingers crossed that it's true.

There is another way to look at this. Everybody loves a puzzle – I get that. Everybody loves the secret word that solves everything, but let’s not call conspiracy something that could just as easily be described as incompetence. Look, I had workers come to my house every week, every damn week, to fix a broken faucet. They said they fixed it. About a week goes by, and I have to call somebody else to fix their work. That’s not a conspiracy; that is incompetence. People do just enough work to get by. So the camera was broken out of Epstein’s cell, incompetence. The guards were surfing the web and then fell asleep, incompetence. The prison didn’t secure the crime scene, incompetence. I mean that is America.

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However, for all its inventiveness, this installment never got around to answering the question of who killed Jeffrey Epstein.

That seems to have been intentional of the writers' part, as Marissa's very meta dialogue applies to the larger audience as a whole.

As Marissa told Jay, the lawyers at Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart got so bogged down in chasing this conspiracy theory that they forget who the real story was about: the underage girls.

Similarly, we, as a society, were so focused on the circumstances behind Epstein's death that we lost track of who was at the heart of this tragedy -- not Epstein but those he sexually abused and trafficked.

In hindsight, it's a simple realization, but at the time when all of this was breaking news in the real world, people didn't pay much attention to the horrific acts Epstein did; they just focused on whether he committed suicide or someone murdered him.

This, of course, should be lesson for all as we move forward and something to keep in mind during the next breaking news cycle.

Elsewhere, the episode finally brought two of the season-long plots to a head, one of which ended in a masterful showdown while the other limped along.

Ever since the show first introduced Firth, viewers have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Adrian: You’re dictating our staffing methods.
Firth: I don’t consider it dictating.
Diane: What do you consider it?
Firth: Stewardship, which by the way, significantly increases all our income.
Diane: Except for the people who are fired.

No matter how supportive and nurturing Firth seemed to be, there was always the hint of something nefarious.

Maybe, it's because Adrian and Liz explicitly told Diane it would be a bad thing if Firth summoned her, or because he had Caleb be a spy.

Or maybe, it's simply the matter that he seemed too good to be true.

Whatever the case may be, the audience knew Firth would screw Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart over at some point; we just didn't know how until now.

As despicable as his underhandedness was, Firth's ingenuity should at least be acknowledged.

He figured out a way to ensure Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart couldn't leave from a financial standpoint without the name partners even realizing what he was up to.

Making Diane head of pro bono was a double-edged sword, and it sealed the firm's fate.

What isn't clear, though, is why Firth went to all that trouble.

It seems like a bit of stretch that he only did this to prevent Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart from merely leaving because he didn't want to see them go.

Diane: You gave me pro bono cases to keep my billable hours low.
Firth: I also knew you’d be good at it too.
Diane: You fucker.
Firth: Diane, name calling? We’re all on the same side.
Diane: You set me up just to keep us from leaving.
Firth: I’m a jealous boss. I don’t want you to leave; I want to cling close to you like a vine. Also, I kind of like the look on your face that you were outplayed. The Zen master said that in every experience there is a lesson. And the lesson here is that you three are fucked.

Was he worried how the firm leaving would look to other top-tier clients?

Or was Adrian right in that Firth only wanted them for their diversity in photos?

Whatever the reason, he was uncharacteristically possessive during that scene, and his desire to "cling close to [them] like a vine" was a weird way to phrase things.

If anything, that exchange made him seem more unhinged and maniacal, meaning he could very well have screwed them over just for fun.

He could just be that sadistic.

With no seeming way out, the name partners will most likely be scrambling next season to find a way to dissolve their partnership with STR Laurie.

Well, it will be Diane and Liz who -- excuse my pun -- take up the good fight, as Delroy Lindo, who plays Adrian, will not be returning as a series regular.

Given that production was cut short, there's the possibility that Lindo could appear in the season premiere of the fifth season to give his character a fitting sendoff.

Diane: Past performance does not predict future results.
Liz: Especially with us. I mean we lost ChumHum, we had the fallout from my dad. Let us not forget why we joined STR Laurie in the first place.
Adrian: Liz, it’s our only move. Now, we are building revenue every day. Now, you say you got Dincon engaged. If we don’t get out from STR Laurie, ain’t no telling what’s next. They don’t value our work, our employees, our history, or our culture. They want us for their black faces on their diversity reports.

While his exit may not facilitate a way for Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart to leave STR Laurie, Adrian leaving the firm could solve the name partners' more immediate issue of reducing payroll by 20 percent.

As a name partner, Adrian makes one of the highest salaries, so his departure would greatly reduce the number of employees that would need to be laid off to achieve that goal.

Lastly, the resolution to the Memo 618 storyline fell somewhat flat, which is most likely due to the shutdown of production.

If the Kings had known this would be the final episode, Julius' arrest probably would have been a bigger deal, or at least there would have been some bigger stakes, as the federal judge's arrest on bribery charges was rather lackluster.

This could be due, in part, to Julius' scenario playing out exactly how the former federal judge told him it would.

He ignored the instructions given to him, like the former judge, and was charged with bribery, like the former judge.

Nothing very new or unpredictable about that.

It's also possible that after the reveal on The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 6 that Memo 618 has been around since at least the 1940s, viewers expected some bigger show of force.

If such a writ has been in play for almost 80 years, then shouldn't the government have more creative ways to silence those who oppose this cabal than simply framing them for crimes they didn't commit?

Julius: If that’s so, what do I do?
Diane: Fight.

Maybe, framing the opposition is the quickest way to get the message across and settle things.

Who knows?

Regardless, the legal proceedings surrounding Julius' case most likely would have played out in the three final episodes, leading to a more satisfying conclusion, whatever that may be.

Hopefully, the writers will continue this storyline in the fifth season in a meaningful way.

It'd be a shame if this storyline was shoved aside, and everything was wrapped up in a neat bow.

While Memo 618 wasn't always my favorite, it was a huge part of this season and very representative of what's happening in the country off-screen.

Some stray thoughts:

  • Given that Diane took a nine-month sabbatical, wouldn’t her salary have still be less than the previous year, even if she wasn’t made head of pro Bono?

    Or, would she still have time to get her billable hours up depending on when the nine-month sabbatical occurred, if she, for instance, only missed two to three months during 2020?

  • Where has Caleb been? With so many life-changing things happening at work, you’d think the guy would show his face at least once this episode. I would have liked to hear his take on the forced layoffs.

  • I know the U.S. Department of Justice gave Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart a rather large budget to work the Jeffrey Epstein case, but I wonder if they'll cover the expensive last-minute flight to the U.S. Virgin Islands. That's not cheap.

So what did you think The Good Fight fanatics?

How did the episode work as a season finale?

Did the show go too far this time?

Was the resolution of Memo 618 disappointing?

Don't forget to hit the comments to let me know what you thought. If you happened to miss the season finale, remember you can watch The Good Fight online at TV Fanatic.



 
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