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'Persons Unknown' - 'Seven Sacrifices' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2010 8:15PM
Persons Unknown(Season 1, Episode 11) "The second town in as many weeks but I've exhausted all of my options. The pollution has become too thick to clear." - Madame Director

If you haven't heard, NBC isn't showing the next episode of 'Persons Unknown' on television. Instead, this Saturday we'll see the two-hour finale (actually two episodes back-to-back). What NBC has done is put this episode online only, so you get two reviews this week for the price of one.

And I guess the first thought I had while watching 'Seven Sacrifices' (full episode below) is this: why didn't Mark cover the severed thumbs with chocolate? (Now there's a sentence that won't make sense to anyone who doesn't watch this show...)

So Mark and Kat make it back to San Francisco, but as soon as they get there Mark is arrested for Janet's kidnapping and Kat finds out that not only has she lost her job as editor at the paper but also that the paper has been bought and turned into a "serious" newspaper. I had no idea that it wasn't a serious newspaper to start with, but this doesn't seem like a bad thing. Looks like the security guard got to keep his job at least.

It also seems like Kat has been turned into 'Nowhere Woman': her keys no longer work, she's been evicted from her apartment, and I'm assuming she won't be able to access her bank account either (and everyone thinks that she stole drugs from kids with cancer -- yikes). The private eye shows up to tell her to get rid of her cell phone too. There was a reason he knocked her on the head and put her on a flight to Rome, and it wasn't just because of the great Italian food.

It's interesting to see that even Ulrich used to have a regular life before...well, before whoever took him for whatever reason. Though I don't think any of us believed the first version of his fire story, right? And that's one reason why I think that this show can't end in a completely happy way. I think we'll see some deaths, but I also think that this experiment -- which has been going on for decades -- will continue, with more kidnappings around the world and other groups being left in small towns. The players might change, but the events will continue. And when I say the events I don't mean 'The Event,' which is a different thing altogether (same network though!).

But there's still something off about Ulrich. He brings Janet into the secret room and explains all of the surveillance to her, in what has to be one of the worst first dates ever. Seeing Janet make out with him wasn't fun. I don't get why everyone is being so hard on Joe. Sure, I get that he lied and he knew more about what was going on from the beginning, but it's odd that they seem to trust Ulrich more -- in what he says, his interactions with Janet, in his confrontations with Joe -- than they trust Joe.

Even Janet doesn't seem to trust Joe anymore. Though with Erika telling Janet that she isn't really Erika, well, Janet probably thinks she can't trust anyone. It is kinda funny that the person who has been lying about her identity the whole time tells Janet they can't trust someone else. But trust seems to be waning on all fronts. While Mark and Kat are still trusting, Janet doesn't trust Joe, Moira and Graham don't trust Charlie and Blackham, Joe and Erika/Teresa are plotting against Ulrich, and even the Lady in HQ doesn't seem to trust Ulrich anymore. I think he should have realized that in the way that she said "goodbye Liam."

So this Saturday we have the big two-hour series finale (and yes I think we can safely assume at this point that it's a series finale). The Director is going to dismantle the experiment in Town 27 and move on to the next experiment. What do you think is going to happen?

More thoughts:

• Couldn't Mark and Kat get their stories straight about where they were before getting to customs?

• A tip: if you ever find yourself in jail for the kidnapping of your ex-wife, you probably want to find some other explanation for the cops, one that doesn't involve severed thumbs, secret towns, worldwide conspiracies, and guys in blue coveralls.

• Of course Blackham is the first guy to think that they should join the bad guys. Just when he and Charlie were becoming buddies, the Felix and Oscar of the gang, this comes between them.

• Graham was right: why on Earth would you let one of your mysterious kidnappers shave your face and neck with a straight razor?

• Did this show have to have a guy in an eye patch show up? And why did he seem so pleased that the Director was going to shut down the town and even get rid of Ulrich?

• This is the second week in a row where we've had a star director. The last episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes and this episode was directed by Tim Matheson.

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After just watching the final 2 hours of Persons Unknown...Am I REALLY supposed to understand what happened??? - What a CONFUSING MESS...someone please fill me in (IF that's at all possible!)

August 28 2010 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, does anyone have any ideas about what's going to happen this Saturday for the finale?

I'm curious to see how the writers tie Mark/Kat (former reporter & editor) to the group.

- Is Kat tied to the organization somehow? I don't think she was dragged into this mess just because she was seeing Mark the Reporter. I'm also wondering if she's connected to someone in the group, but isn't letting it be known.

- I think there's something more to Moira that what is slowly coming out (e.g. former Psych patient, killed her parents, etc.). I don't know what it is but if she's insignificant, I'll be disappointed.

- Question: So this is it on Saturday? No Season 2? Cancelled? Or was this a strict 13 episode run?

August 25 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I so love this show. I hope they release it on DVD I would like to watch it again. No I did not DVR it

August 24 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the dude

is it me or does this seem slightly like the prisoner? original series of course and not that amc abomination that posed as the prisoner. they try to break you down so that you see it through to the end........ like nbc wants you to watch this series through to the end. hmmmmmmm, is that what this is all about???

August 23 2010 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I called my wife bright eyes and she slapped me Gibbs style.

August 23 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Collin is correct; the guy with the eyepatch was the previous hotel manager. Notice when the woman says,"Town 27, your town"?

My problem with this show is that I care so little for the characters. There was the hint of something more interesting tonight with the discussion of free will, but really the characters are just quite dull.

August 23 2010 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Wow, was that him? I didn't even recognize him, heh.

August 23 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
King Skylark

I'm pretty sure the guy in the eye patch was the old "Hotel Manager" who apparently survived Joe's attack, much like Ulrich did.
That would explain why he's so pleased, since shutting it down means killing Joe.

August 23 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to King Skylark's comment

Yep; you're right!

August 24 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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