CBS is certainly putting on a brave face. Last night’s episode was listed as the “season finale” and not the “series finale.” You know what? I’m really, really hoping it’ll be back. The last three episodes were the best of the series, and it left me wanting more.
The Grey Hat (111)
Holy cow! For a minute there, I thought I was back at work at CyberCom! With talk of anonymous hackers, cyber defense, dubious Russians, T-3s, honey pots, and cyber blackmail, I felt right at home.
“The Grey Hat” was the best episode of the season. (I’d say “by far,” but the last two were also enjoyable.) It had a likeable guest character, witty dialogue (and great comedic timing, “for reals”), a few plot twists, multiple crises, and one of the most viscerally intense climaxes ever. And happy endings all around.
Gabriel stopped a jet plane with his mind (actually his chip—never seen that before!), the great 3-D rendering returned, Nelson jumped into Gabriel’s arms with the day was won, and Riley and Gabriel hugged.
One questont: Is Intelligence filmed and produced in Canada? Is that why this episode isn’t titled “The Gray Hat”? Meghan Ory is Canadian, but I think she’s become popular enough for mainstream Hollywood. (She certainly is beautiful enough.)
The Event Horizon (112)
Gabriel is framed for murdering three key people, Lillian is relieved of her duties because she can’t control Gabriel, Riley remains awesome in so many ways, and Jeffrey Tetazoo is an even bigger ass than we expected. But wait, isn’t Tetazoo the director of the CIA? A quick check on Acronym Finder confirms he is. So what the hell is he doing assuming the directorship of CyberCom? The CIA isn’t even part of the Department of Defense! Oh wait, this show isn’t so great on its military/defense facts.
This leads me on a tangent. I’m always surprised by people who complain about real life inconsistencies in science fiction-related shows. (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Supernatural fans, although you’re not alone in your bitching). First of all, it’s fiction. And secondly, it’s science fiction which, by definition, is beyond the scope of reality. And yet, here I am, doing the same this with show. But it’s only to let the general public know how it really is so they don’t get the wrong impression. (At least that’s how I rationalize it.)
Anyway, back to the show…
I always love seeing Peter Coyote; he’s a great choice as Lillian’s high-powered father. (Will I be so happy at the end of the subsequent episode?.)
Director of National Intelligence Adam Weatherly and Tetazoo put Gabriel in “protective custody.” Weatherly taunts Riley with being young, being female, killing a man, blah blah. But she never balks, never raisers her voice, and never takes his bait. Meanwhile Tetazoo threatens to torture Gabriel, so, in one of the best scenes of the episode, Gabriel knocks him out cold. A great bass guitar riff plays as Gabriel calmly leaves the building (at least until the security force is notified of his AWOL status). Riley rescues him in what I assume is her SUV.
Have you ever counted the times Riley points out the obvious, presenting facts that break the case? Here she proves Gabriel didn’t commit the murders because he’s too tall. And we get a flash of her brilliant “shy” smile after she punches Gabriel to remind him he’s human. It’s the charming smile I fondly remember from her appearance on Dark Angel, when she became the first love of her piano teacher/assassin-for-hire Alec (played by the wonderful Jensen Ackles). Oh, sweet memories.
Back to the present, or at least last week. The “too tall” realization leads our charismatic duo to realize Mei Chin, the only other micro-chip enhanced person in the world, set Gabriel up. They trap Mei easily enough, but dealing with her incessant sass is a little more difficult. Mei says she was hired for the hit and the frame job. The question is, by whom?
In Gabriel’s stupid move of the week, he calls the still-ousted Lillian on her cell phone to arrange a meeting. Surely he’d know CyberCom was listening in. Jameson tries to warn them, but Tetazoo threatens him with prison. I was hoping Jameson would have a smart comeback, but sadly, no. Since the warning didn’t work, I was hoping the meetup was a ploy or a coded message, but nope again.
The result? Gabriel is shot. But not by Tetazoo & co. The end. Or rather, to be continued.
Being Human (113)
I admit it. I began fast-forwarding at about the 25 minute mark to find out who the culprit was. Since I haven’t seen the episode in its entirety yet, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for a recap. Or review.