Traveler: The Tells
(S01E05) This week's episode shifted the focus away from Jay and Tyler's perspective to that of Will Traveler. After several weeks of watching the guys figure out how they were framed, it was time to learn more about the people behind the set-up. Neal McDonough still doesn't have a name, but we did get the name of someone who could be a bigger threat to Jay, Tyler, and even Will.
This week's episode was pretty heavy on the violent action scenes: cutting the tracking device out of Will's leg, Will strangling the other Drexler bomber with his own coat, and Will stabbing Kate. I still believe that this show is at its best when these scenes are kept to a minimum. I'd much rather see Jay and Tyler try to get to the bottom of things than watch Will get tasered by a lady terrorist (although that was pretty cool).
In between all of the car chases and shootouts, the guys managed to find another big piece of the puzzle. After a bizarre scene with a Boston tour guide in full colonial costume, Jay discovered the source of Will's mysterious key. The contents of Will's research locker--the man loves libraries, doesn't he?--included the name of an investment company in New York. I think going back to New York is a terrible idea, but in terms of the plot it's the best way to bring the FBI and Kim back into the mix. Kim was completely absent this week, and the FBI scenes felt a bit disconnected from the real action.
The terrorists took center stage during this episode, and it was great to get a better sense of the group's hierarchy. Will may have played a large role in setting up Jay and Tyler, but he has not turned out to be the mastermind behind the Drexler bombing. Now we know that Will went against orders by letting Tyler and Jay out of the Drexler Museum alive. After the flashback of Will and Joseph's conversation, I'm not clear on what Will thought his mission was. If he didn't know that he was framing his friends for the bombing until three weeks beforehand, what did he think he was setting them up for?
Now that Will's colleagues have officially turned on him and killed Maya I wonder if he'll somehow end up joining forces with Jay and Tyler. The terrorists want them all dead now, and it might take all three of them to defeat Neal McDonough and Joseph. Am I the only one who was amused by the fact that the big boss looks like he just walked out of a Dockers ad? With the exception of the creepy guy who escaped from FBI custody, these are the most clean-cut terrorists I've ever seen.
Jay and Tyler's cute-guy-stupidity never gets old. I loved Will's remark to Kate that the guys "couldn't buy a clue." So true. It took them forever to realize that The Porter was after Will, not trying to save them. And what was with Jay confronting the tour guide and opening with "I want to show you something"? You don't throw around phrases like that to some stranger in a bar, even if it is a historic bar. Tyler does deserve props for thinking ahead and stealing The Porter's car keys, though. I hope they do more than remove their Cubs hats before they reach New York. If the alcoholic tour guide recognized Jay, how long will it take for the guys to be recognized in New York City?
We still know very little about The Porter and who he may be working for. I'm willing to bet that he made it out of the shootout alive. Without either of his tracking devices (Tyler threw out his watch, right?), how will he track down the guys now? The Porter's remark to Jay about knowing that there were others involved in the Drexler bombing implied that he knew the bombing was going to happen. If he never intended to stop the bombing, why is he after Will? Perhaps he hoped that Will would lead him to Joseph, but it's anybody's guess at this point. I don't care if the writers ever give Neal McDonough's character a name--I want my Porter questions answered before the season ends.
Next stop, NYC!
|Sure, they've done well so far!||38 (35.2%)|
|Not without help.||64 (59.3%)|
|No way. These guys "couldn't buy a clue."||6 (5.6%)|