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Cane: The Exile

by Kristin Sample, posted Nov 21st 2007 11:34AM
Alex Vega at a party.
(S01E09) So, is it just me or is Cane a little all over the place? I was convinced last week and in the few weeks before that that Ellis Samuels was genuinely interested in Frank Duque and really wanted to be parted from her despicable father. But this week (because now it's convenient for Alex's character) she is back on the other side with Daddy dearest.

I seem to remember Ellis confronting her father about the death of Lucia Duque. The look on her face said everything: she was in shock and deeply disappointed to discover her father ordered the death of a little girl. Then, her father threw her under the bus with the Cuban land deal. He even rudely ignored her while playing cards with his buddies. It was clear they were not in cahoots.

Polly Walker as Ellis SamuelsBut now, after professing her love to Frank and suffering through Alex's accusations, she is clearly working with her dad. It was apparent from this episode that Joe blaming Ellis for the land deal was just a ruse to get information about Alex's involvement.

Ellis is clearly a plan-ahead type of girl. I just wish they would plan-ahead a bit when they write her story and develop her character. Polly Walker is a strong actress who can pull off a femme fatale with utmost ease. So, keep her on one side (and have her really fall in love with Frank by accident thereby putting her in a personally-conflicted position). This seems to be happening but it's been a long road to get there.

But enough ranting about Ellis, let me just go over a few other things I felt were missing before I review what happened with Alex. Where is Katie, the daughter? She had somewhat of a storyline but then she's disappeared. And Frank had yet another flip-flop. This episode he was the good son. I am not even going there.

Where the heck is Santo? Why wasn't he in charge of the trucking or involved in the sit-down with the Cuban and Israeli mafias (considering Santo was the one who introduced Alex to Ramon)?

Lastly, where was Jaime and Rebecca? Their story was just getting good. I expect to see something with them later and I hope that the writers follow-up on Rebecca's dad. However, Cane's storylines haven't exactly followed through in the past.

Now on to the good stuff about Cane: Alex's development and the relationship between Henry and Terry. And don't mind my ranting. I just really like the show and think it has so much more potential. Alex is almost hitting rock bottom. I loved the shot at the very end of the episode where he is left in his office having disappointed his father and surrendered most of his clout as CEO to Frank.

I would feel bad for Alex because he *does* do everything for his family but Alex is selfish about the Duque's interests too. This takes away from his character and fails to garner sympathy from the audience. For example, last night he acted like Ramon was such a bad guy. Alex sought this man out to exact revenge after Henry was hurt. But after the Duque trucks were hit, Alex warned Ramon about the negative outcomes of seeking vengeance. He even told the senator that he had no idea about Ramon's "connections" and that ties to his company had been severed. He made up for it in the end though by arranging the sit-down and coming up with a business deal.

Then there's Henry and Terry (Rachel Carpani). I really like Henry chasing Terry. In fact, I would have preferred Henry continuing chasing Terry for the remainder of the season. It makes for a nice subplot and there's nothing wrong with drawing it out. I have to admit I was a little surprised and disappointed that the two were sleeping together after a few shots of rum.

Do you think that Frank will take over as CEO?
Yes14 (13.5%)
No way25 (24.0%)
Maybe just for a little while65 (62.5%)

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Ana Luiza

Hi guys, I've missed this last episode and I guess the one that mentioned Lucia as well, I didn't know about her (had no idea about other daughter) and especially her death. Based on what I read above, she was a baby daughter that was killed by Samuels? Of course I realize now that Lucia was Duque's daughter, but did the show have an episode telling her story? Anyway, I'm sorry but I'm confused -- and really curious -- about Lucia's story, how she died and when. If anyone has the patience and time to reply and help me out, I'll be so thankfull.

December 13 2007 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know how many writers this series has and is a shame, it has the potential to be the best t.v. series, but when you get to like one character they completly ignore it, doing away with Santo was the biggest mistake, he is a very powerful actor and likeable, chanching him for Ramon was not the best choice.Bring Santo Back. By the way where is Amalia? another favorite.

November 26 2007 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is definitely starting to lose me. I really liked the old-fashioned nighttime soap style and the fantastic cast the first couple of weeks. But there's not a single character who has remained consistent from week to week. The situations that each of the characters get into have been wildly inauthentic, too.

November 22 2007 at 1:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It pisses me off how stupid Frank is.

November 21 2007 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its not just you, Cane is all over the place the past 2 episode!

I just really like the show and think it has so much more potential too. I know that the real writers are on strike but it lately the shows appear to have been written by different people that the first few shows. The storylines are all mixed up and some have just gotten totally ridiculous!!!!!

In my opinion they have no idea where they are going, and its a shame because this could be a great show!

By the way: Where is the daughter Katie, the mom, Jaime and Rebecca, Santo, and did Samules' son just get written out totally?????

November 21 2007 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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