Summary: Reese infiltrates a smuggling group operated by a man named Vargas. He is surveying a POI, Cahill who is part of the group but it also secretly a cop. The group is ratted out and are forced to hide in a warehouse. Vargas knows there is a rat in the group and Reese prevents Cahill from being discovered but nearly dies in the process. Fusco helps Reese save Cahill's life but is captured by a corrupt cop and is put in danger. Reese is able to save both Cahill and Fusco.
The Good: There were some strong moments of tension that made this fairly exciting. The gun shootout with the Asian man was pretty tense, as was the ending shootout. Fusco's arrest was a really good moment too as it added some unpredictability to the episode. Reese taking Cahill's phone was also good because I wasn't sure what he was planning to do. He could've framed himself, framed someone else or simply gotten rid of the phone.
I got a laugh out of Fusco and carter running into each other and giving each other suspicious looks as they parted ways.
I liked hearing "If I had a Heart" again, as I had last heard that song on "Breaking Bad".
The Bad: This was the weakest episode in a while. This episode fell right into all of the show's biggest traps and ended up being very unsatisfying as a result.
First and foremost, the episode was dull. It was tough to invest in the central POI story, and it was made tougher by a plot that was far more convoluted and fast-paced than it needed to be. Without any investment, I found it really tough to keep my attention on understanding the plot. It made the episode much more tedious than it needed to be.
Some of the show's worst clichés were involved in this episode. Reese conveniently infiltrating the gang without showing us how he did it was poor. It was explained away with a "cool" line of dialogue. I was really displeased with the scene where Reese watched Cahill break into his own house. Finch telling him to kill Cahill before he hurts any innocents only for Cahill to be acquainted with the innocents was very familiar. I can't pinpoint which exact episode, but I am certain that this exact scene has happened in a prior episode. I immediately predicted the reveal so it ended up being more cheesy than surprising.
The death tease was extremely bad. Unlike in "Number Crunch", I never felt like Reese could die in this episode so the tension was completely lost as I just waited for him to reveal he is alive. There were loads of problems with the execution as well. The idea that Reese would pass out from a graze is pretty stupid, especially for a man like Reese who was shot pretty badly back in "Number Crunch" and still managed to survive. Furthermore, Vargas is a total fool for thinking that Reese was killed without any bullet hole in his skull. Lastly, the burning of the car sucked. Any smart person would put the two bodies in the front seats to avoid any suspicion from cops. If the bodies are in the trunk, that immediately puts the cops onto them.
The climax was poor as well. Finch sets up that Reese can't save both Cahill and Fusco in time. So to solve this... Reese simply just saves Cahill and Fusco anyways. So what the hell was the point of Finch's statement? It was a cheap way to attempt to add tension. I expect stunts like these from downright bad shows and it disappoints me to see something like this from this show.
L.O.S. ended up being the most boring villain on this show. He was introduced towards the end of the episode and accomplished absolutely nothing to make me view him as a threat. But then he was revealed as CIA and I thought that perhaps he would be a major player because of this. But then he's unceremoniously murdered by Snow which makes me wonder what the point was.
The flashbacks didn't do much for me. I didn't learn anything new about Reese from them and they weren't very interesting.
This episode hardly had any Finch in it. That's a problem.
The Unknown: Did Reese and Jessica get back together?
Did L.O.S. just give away to Snow that Carter is helping Reese? What will Snow do about that?
Best Moment: Probably Fusco running into Carter. A nice moment.
Character of the Episode: Fusco. Nobody else was interesting.
Conclusion: This episode was really hard to care about. Add on the bad moments and this episode ends up being one of the worst ones so far. It's a shame to see two weak episodes in a row since the show was just gaining momentum. We need to get back to the Reese/Finch story, Elias, Will and others to help the show get back on track.
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