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Shark: Porn Free

by Michael Canfield, posted Apr 13th 2007 7:01AM
Shark(S01E19) It's the saint versus the pornographer, as someone in the episode says. An internet pornographer is murdered, ostensibly by a single man who also runs his very own shelter for wayward young women. That's handy. Apparently this particular shelter is the place in the Valley to find women with low self-esteem to lure into porn. By the way doesn't "internet pornographer" sound ever so much sleazier that just plain ol' pornographer? Evidently the Shark writers think so.

It's no surprise when "the saint" is eventually revealed to have done business with the porn king, then got out of business with him, then fell in love with one of the women he was "rehabilitating" in his shelter, who then became a porn actress, who then ... oh, who cares?

I can identify the precise moment this episode lost my sympathy: two jurors are discussing the case in an elevator. Discussing a case during the trial is a violation of instructions given by every judge to every juror in every trial ever but okay, let's let that pass. Madeleine, a prosecutor, is also in the elevator, hiding behind a newspaper and listening in. Okay, let that pass as well. Then Madeleine decides to address the jurors, telling them to "do what they know is right," or some such, which is jury tampering and would have sunk the case right there, if the jurors would have told the judge of this inappropriate contact . They certainly would have reported it; their statements reveal that they are more sympathetic to the defense anyway. But we're not done. Loose-Cannon Madie further pollutes the process by phoning someone else on her team to say "we are going to have trouble with Juror Number 2 and Juror Number 9." So that's why jurors wear those big badges! Not so that the officers of the court will avoid them, but so that they can remember which jurors they have tried to influence.

What, I wondered, could possibly be the point of this scene, except to show us Madeleine's supreme incompetence, ignorance of the most basic trial rules concerning jurors, and general lack of ethics?

How wrong I was. Because at a crucial moment in the story the real reason for this little scene is revealed. It is simply planted there for the convenience of the writers, who need a way for Stark to force a mistrial once he has determined the defendant is innocent and attempting to take the wrap for someone else. I guess having Stark simply drop the charges would have been deemed anti-climactic.

In other developments, Julie, who evidently can only have one friend at a time, has of late taken up with a snotty "mean girl." Her name is Megan, but you will recognize her from her appearances in every clique in every high-school movie and TV show produced since the early '80's.

Meanwhile, Isaac, after an early replay of the now weekly scene in which he tells Raina that he can't be with her, but doesn't tell her why, finally does tell her why he is afraid to love again in the episode's closing moments. His reasons actually make some sense, and that is the only reason I'm not giving this episode the lowest possible rating on TVSquad's newly instituted numerical scale.

2

Therefore, on a scale of 1 (being the worst) to 7 (being the best), I give this episode a probably-still-overly-generous two.

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Brent McKee

Don't forget being caught with pot. Depending on your attitude the emphasis should either be on "pot" or "getting caught."

April 14 2007 at 5:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Walt

I was beginning to wonder when SHARK would start rerunning themes again, and its apparent that Julie's only existence is to show off how many bad social decisions she can make in one season. There should be a checklist for the stupid decisions...

Let's see,
Caught Cheating at School? Check!
DWI? Check!
Slutty Heatherette behavior? Check!

I almost expect her to go wondering off and get cornered by a mountain lion.

I would kill to have the writers behind THE CLOSER write an episode of SHARK. Then we could see how these characters could really interact.

April 13 2007 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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