Summary: The next POIs are two kids, Malcolm and Tracie who Finch connects to the Brotherhood. Their mother was arrested for a gun charge and they stole some money from the Brotherhood to help free her. As Reese protects the kids with the help of DEA agent Lennox, Shaw captures Mini, a member of the Brotherhood and tries to use him to find their boss Dominic. Lennox is found to be a Brotherhood mole so Reese has to escape. Malcolm tries to sacrifice himself but Reese saves him by giving himself to them. Shaw frees Mini in exchange for Reese. Mini is revealed to be Dominic and he kills a captured Lennox.
The Good: The involvement of the Brotherhood helped make this episode feel more important than the average episode. After being mentioned in the season premiere, this episode is the one that cemented them as a major force, and I suspect that they will be the main villain of this season, akin to Vigilance from last season.
The Brotherhood had its moments for sure. Link is pretty enjoyable to watch, and I thought the introduction to Dominic was well done. The final scene where he coldly executed Lennox was solid, and I thought that the twist reveal worked pretty well. The Lennox twist was set up well too. It nicely capitalized on the fact that Reese had been making friends as a detective (like his captain in the last episode) to make me not suspect her to be a bad guy. The twist did surprise me and nicely changed the dynamic of the episode.
Elias has been fun this season, and I loved his conversations with Finch on how the world has changed. I would be excited if Elias is brought into the fold as a major character once again, and I like the idea of him becoming aware that something has happened to the world.
The Bad: Unfortunately this episode was disappointingly weak. Vigilance was introduced in perfect manner and they were immediately both threatening and interesting. The Brotherhood has not accomplished this after this episode. I don't know anything about their goals or motives, so I'm finding it tough to be invested in them as villains. They are intimidating, but not much else and I don't know the characters very well yet. Dominic didn't deliver as a villain for me. He was completely owned by Shaw throughout the episode and was helpless against her throughout. It made him look weak and because of that, I don't view him as much of a threat. His vague lines of dialogue with Shaw weren't interesting at all to me and felt ridiculously boring. Dominic doesn't appear to have any of the depth that Collier had, and I hope that this can be rectified in future episodes.
I found the behaviour of the Brotherhood to be confusing as well. I wasn't sure why they would actually consider recruiting Malcolm and Tracie, especially when they mocked the idea earlier in the episode. It left me feeling quite confused. What was also confusing was how the Brotherhood killed Lennox at the end. Why did they do that? What did she do? Perhaps I missed a crucial line of dialogue, but I was left pretty confused and underwhelmed by the pay-off of the Lennox twist..
The main story wasn't very engaging and I found it tough to care. The kid actors who played Malcolm and Tracie were not good at all and I found it difficult to invest in their story because of how fake the acting felt. The dialogue that was written for them was actually even worse and it took me out of the episode.
The Unknown: What are the Brotherhood's motives? How will they stay involved in the series? Do the members of the Brotherhood know who Dominic is or do they think that Mini is just another member of the group?
Will Malcolm return as a member of the Brotherhood?
What will Finch tell Elias? Could he become a more significant member of the crew?
Best Moment: Finch and Elias at the end was quite good.
Character of the Episode: Elias.
Conclusion: This episode made effort to be more than just an average episode. But unfortunately the story was boring and the recurring villains uninteresting. This should have been better than it was.
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