Redemption In Blood
Burnett’s old colleges think he has lost integrity. Burnett coos over his bimbo. Matt Frewer meances people. Burnett has greased hair and masculinise. People yell and plot. Burnett and his bimbo do pervy writhing but he is piqued by his memories of his manly bonding loyalty stuff with Tubbs and heteronormativity. The really really tedious Frewer and bimbo plot to kill Burnett. As for Burnett, he broods so hard and then is nearly blown up by a car bomb. Ah, his nice evil suit.
Another unknown amount of time passes. This ep has no breathless excitement. Things get overwrought as Burnett menaces his bimbo. Burnett recalls he is really Sonny and wanders into the cop shop where every single one of his colleagues whip out guns and point them at him. Sonny looks confused; there is neither emotional punch nor comic menace. Social boundaries are violated as Tubbs won’t help Sonny because of the hurtful detail of Sonny trying to kill him. Things are not gloriously deranged as Sonny walks out of the cop shop and menaces people and has shiny skin.
Female characters are there just to provide male characters with motivation. This was low energy and tedious. Sonny somehow dons a new evil suit and has low-grade smarm. There is no verve and vigour or believable emotional connections. Sonny glumly frets and is a frustrating protagonist with odd blankness. The damaged toxic Sonny does more glum and listless stuff and is easily forgiven. The bimbo runs and a bad dude is eaten by a panther.
“Better than shooting squirrels.”
“Lose the knife hayseed.”
“Probably off getting drunk somewhere.”
“Long dark hallway.”
“We were friends, more than that.”
“You tried to kill me man. Twice.”
“Get rid of the blow.”
The cops are dim and overlook the obvious. I recall frequent tabloid target and failed movie star Don Johnson’s other less successful cop show ‘Nash Bridges’ which was soft unlike this which at least tried to have an edge. Both this show and ‘Nash Bridges’ has ambience, convoluted plots, un-convincing characterization, annoying music, an egotistical lead actor and supporting characters who were more interesting than the star.
This ep had no looseness or spontaneity just icy smirks, influence peddling and this does not cater to nostalgia. Rosella is dependent on Silva and sleeps with him. Sonny likes damaged women, a grim pattern he always followed. Tubbs is disgruntled, unkempt and angry. This was not visceral and searing. Loud mouthed, pot stirring types who are pompous, unintelligible, pseudo intellectual bitter failures wander around. People ask Rosella why she stays. Nobody asks Sonny if he ever did coke. There is no trust or importance even when the truth about Silva and Rosella’s relationship is revealed. Silva unwisely gives Rosella a gun and dares her to kill him, her own father, so she does. Emphatically no. This was as horrendously bad as a ‘Miami Vice’ slash Sonny mpreg fic I once read.
“We know who he is and what he does.”
“You promised no more.”
“The iceman cometh.”
“Not when the truth is this sick.”
Evil Handmade Instrument
“His ‘Firefly’ DVDs.”
“A window box overlay.”
“Get these people to marry them.”
“Years of Soviet training.”
“They’re innocent but you’re not.”
“A dark hole that only I will know about.”
“How nice that hole is going to be.”
“This was all your idea. Your plan. You did this to yourself.”
The monomyth has been changed. Tad hits on Scully. Mulder wanders around the old X Files office which seems quite clean. That fecker Skinner shows up and looks rough and hasn’t been promoted since Mulder and Scully left 14 years ago. Skinner carries on unwittingly assisting baddies, Mulder has a new deep throat. There are flashbacks back to the 40s and does anyone care about aliens anymore? Mulder rants about 2012, makes huge deductive leaps and there is no corroborative proof.
Mulder and Tad list off their idea of the conspiracy which a is a long, huge paranoid rant about weather wars, gene editing, prison camps with no stated purpose and a takeover that will cull, kill and subjugate the already fattened, dulled and sickened population. Things go awry, again.
This was good if not profound, but how is Mulder’s biological father Smoking Man (William B. Davis) still alive? He was blown up by a missile 14 years ago! Are Mulder and Scully back in the FBI to examine more paranormal science cases? The photo of a young Mulder dressed as Spock was cute.
“I take it you have enemies.”
“Actual proof is strangely hard to come by.”
“Very paranoid about the work they do.”
“Very dangerous answers.”
“What if there is no alien conspiracy?”
“Fiction masquerading as fact.”
“A big turn in a very strange direction.”
“What are the tests for?”
“Odious and far reaching.”
“Uber-violent fascist elites.”
“Impugn my work.”
“Desire is the devil’s pitchfork.”
“Bad things happen when the birds gather.”
“I’m almost glad you said that.”