Travers like Degas and Shannon hints at having an unknown Degas. Travers growls. Shannon wears horrible clothes. Grant creates a fake Degas with a glorified printer which seems to dry instantly. Travers steals the ‘Degas’ and ‘kills’ Shannon. Who makes the masks? The IMF does a comedic abduction involving identical poodles and a hot dog cart. Shannon dresses like Ivana Trump on an off day. Max is dumb muscle. The gang reveal themselves to Travers and he has an overacted defeat. This was very good.
“I’ll download the memory in his fax machine.”
“Really wanted that painting.”
“You sure that painting we scraped off wasn’t worth anything?”
“Going down. Repeat: down.”
“I’ll fake you a reference shot.”
TPTB hint at a Shannon/Nicholas hook-up which went nowhere. Nicholas wears video camera glasses. Jouseff K is the big bad. Jim wears a jacket that looks constructed from cheap carpet. Nicholas puts on a mad Arab accent. Jouseff K reacts to Nicholas pretending to be Jared by claiming he isn’t Jared which is sensible really. Nicholas convinces him by wearing fake fingerprints and an unbuttoned shirt.
There are huge floppy discs, a convoluted plot beyond any descriptive power, unacceptable behaviour and Nicholas has infinite resilience. Judgement is bestowed. This was good. Nicholas and Shannon erase Jared’s research, nobody has a copy. The baddies overact. Nicholas and Shannon get busted. Nicholas looks sweaty whilst handcuffed and wearing a billowing shirt. Max the lug bores. Nicholas gets an instant trial. Jim strides in claming to be an Amnesty International lawyer. Cue stonewalling and large ham grandstanding. The IMF escapes way too easily.
“The wheat sowing season is very close.”
“Not a pleasant memory.”
“Death and famine.”
“Now you bring me plants.”
“You will be given a fair trail and then you will be executed.”
“Can you find a bucket?”
“He gave no mercy and he’ll get none.”
“Simple hill people.”
“We’re gifts? To him?”
There is a moment of reactive comedy. The evil baddie with Trump hair subjects Nicholas to a weird ‘brainwashing’ video whilst smirking. Things get a little disturbing. Max and Shannon break cover when Nicholas acts like a borderline psychopath. Max and Nicholas fight and they end up in the pool. Shannon mispronounces OPEC and wears white stilettos.
The gang try to snap Nicholas out of it but don’t restrain him and he attacks Shannon who is inept. Grant goes on about mind control microchips. The assassination is tied into apartheid. The mask making process is shown. Nicholas punches glass and hasn’t a scratch on him. Nicholas jumps a zoo worker in hilarious fashion and the brainwashing ‘wears off’ or something. Nicholas shrugs it off and the precariat do nothing about the baddie getting eaten by lions. This was okay.
“Your day of destiny.”
“He’s behaving like he’s been brainwashed.”
“Have I missed something?”
“He’s still brainwashed.”
“I’ve been sidelined to Boston!”
“Where’s the nearest bar round here?”
“You’re losing it buddy!”
“Chemistry teacher dealing meth.”
“Creepy ass tapestries.”
“The janitor’s a witch?”
“I pretend not to know that my husband’s having a weekly tryst with a stripper named Tangerine.”
“Blood drops in his closet.”
“The foul modern text device.”
“We found Ed Lusk’s cauldron.”
“Cold serpent of death.”