Numb3rs: When Worlds Collide (season finale) - VIDEO
(S04E18) "I connected you to a dangerous terrorist in three links." - Charlie
I've got to say - four seasons into Numb3rs and I can't believe we got a story like this now. Brother vs. brother. As Alan said, it had to happen sooner or later. It's just such an obvious plot that I figured it would have been sooner. Better late than never I guess. That being said, I suppose we could have done without it. Blame the WGA strike, but this episode felt like a lot of stuff just randomly thrown together to make it sort of season finale-ish. Anti-climactic at best.
Gallery: Numb3rs: When Worlds Collide
The basic plot? Terrorist cell. FBI swoops in and starts arresting people suspected of being involved with a supposed scheme to blow up some high schools with Russian rockets. One of those people happened to be a colleague of Charlie's. They recently co-authored a paper on DNA manipulation.
While Charlie's friend was ultimately cleared of any connection to the threat, he was still detained because he did e-mail sensitive documents regarding his classified research to other academics... in Pakistan. That's a no-no apparently and it led to the Eppes vs. Eppes stand-off I mentioned.
I could see where Charlie was coming from, serving the truth and not the FBI... but I really don't get why he did what he did. He e-mailed the rest of his colleague's research to the Pakistan scholars, trying to make the point that there was no harm intended and that there was no terrorist connection. It was about the science.
However, that kills the premise of the show for next season! Now Charlie has been stripped of his FBI security clearance which means he can't do any more work with Don and he can't work on any classified stuff at CalSci. Um... OK? If Charlie can't work his math skills, then Numb3rs becomes the one thing I've always said it isn't: just another cop show. The thing that's most ridiculous to me? Next season, I'm sure some loophole will be found, Charlie will get his FBI swipe card back, and all this will be forgotten. It just felt like a pointless plot that was tossed together for the sake of having some sort of cliff-hanger.
The other big development? Megan left the bureau. We knew it was coming. I guess I was just hoping for a bit more. She left and that was it - very flat scene when she exited. Going back to school in Washington, trying to find a new career. The one positive thing is that the door was left open for Diane Farr to return every now and then since Megan and Larry didn't break-up. The way Fleinhardt saw it, if they can survive him going into space, then they'll make it through this too.
A few more thoughts...
Great to see Zeljko Ivanek as the DC FBI agent. It's too bad that he won't be on Damages anymore.
No resolution for the greening of the Eppes house, huh? Was it even mentioned?
Same goes for Charlie and Amita. I was really hoping for something there after last week's meet n' greet with her folks. Guess we'll have to wait until next season for him to pop the question.
Another season done. What does everyone think? I know Diane Farr is the second person to leave the show, but Sabrina Lloyd wasn't really on it long enough to make an impact. Farr was. Do you think the show will be as good without her?
This week's numb3rs: 783,350,200 online research documents; 41,000 gene loci in rice; 112 designer viruses; 2 kidnapped men
This week's math: When Worlds Collide
|Charlie and Amita getting engaged.||94 (20.8%)|
|Finding out who's replacing Megan on the team.||88 (19.5%)|
|Seeing the results of Alan's house "greening."||9 (2.0%)|
|Finding out how Charlie get's his clearance back.||261 (57.7%)|