Life: Dig a Hole (Part 1)
(S01E10) Ladies and gentleman, what happened at the very end of Monday's episode of Life is what we call in the television world a "major plot development." I'm sure the producers of Lost are jealous.
Seriously, for those of you who thought that we would never get to the bottom of the Conspiracy, the revelation (which I won't be revealing until after the jump) probably came as a bit of a relief. I feet the same way. And I'm not too worried that this plot point will end the entire Conspiracy back story. Just because Charlie discovered this one thing doesn't mean that the entire mystery of his murder conviction is solved.
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I mean, all that happened here is Charlie found the person who allegedly murdered his friend and their family, and made an alleged connection between the murderer and Jack Reese. But, just because he confronts the murderer in the next episode (which airs on Wednesday) doesn't mean all of the puzzle pieces will fall into place. The producers and the writers of Life seem like a pretty astute bunch of people, and I don't believe that they will close the Conspiracy up with the next installment. That would take some of the fun out of the show.
Although, from the way that Jack Reese is acting, he sure as hell looks like he is behind the whole Conspiracy. First, he was shown arguing with Ames before the retired detective's death, then he confronted Charlie about his Rachel Seybolt evidence. Now, he has practically threatened Lt. Davis after he found out that Charlie was removed as a suspect from Ames' murder. I take back what I said about Reese last week: Jack is one mean sumbitch.
Let's step away from the Conspiracy now (since I'm sure we'll be talking about it in detail after Wednesday's episode) and talk about this week's mystery. I'm sorry, but when I saw the skeleton of the murder victim embedded in the soil, a dead rose in his hands, my first reaction was 'Why isn't Temperance 'Bones' Brennan' out here investigating this?' This would have been a perfect assignment for her and the Squints at the Jeffersonian. Nevertheless, Tempy never showed up and it was up to Crews and Reese to solve the mystery of who killed this Zen master.
Charlie was in his element here as he encountered a number of suspects who knew about 'The Way'. His best encounter was with a physics professor who was a student of the Zen master. The man went on and on about how we are always moving, how objects that are there are not there. For the rest of the episode Charlie was looking around and saying that things were not there, including a white horse he bought for his wife to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.
This brings me to the point that this was a pretty funny episode of Life (except for the end, that is). There were a number of moments when I actually laughed out loud at what Charlie or Reese said. One of those moments came when the detectives were at the home of two former geeks-turned-internet-successes. Their young wives asked if Charlie would like a beer and he responded something like he was on duty and his partner was a recovering alcoholic. Just the way he said it and Dani's reaction got a snort or two out of me.
Other moments that made me smile were the interrogation of the geeks, where Charlie went 'I don't know what pandering is, but it goes right with pimping', the purchase of a white horse for his wife, said horse ending up in Charlie's living room, the conversations between Crews and Reese on what he wanted to come back as when he was reincarnated, and his three-way meeting between him, Constance and Reese. That was an interesting scene because these are the only two women who are part of his life right now. And, from the way Crews was looking at Constance, it seems like his feelings for Constance may be changing.
After a long period of time, Ted is finally being utilized. I guess it took clearing off Charlie's Conspiracy Wall during the IAD investigation to get him involved. And, while he is still a bit of a milquetoast, you can see his inner strength coming to the surface. That was evident in his conversation with Charlie up on a roof overlooking the Bank of Los Angeles. During that talk he asked Charlie if he was Robin to Crews' Batman. With Charlie responding with a 'no' it was established that he and Charlie have an equal relationship.
On Wednesday's episode -- Crews confronts the murderer of the Seybolt family.
|No. I think that they are equal, just in different environments||91 (36.0%)|
|Yes. Ted is definitely the squeaky-voiced sidekick for Charlie||105 (41.5%)|
|I think that Ted is more 'Dyna-Girl' to Charlie's 'Electro Woman'||57 (22.5%)|