In this ep Peter chases a suspect and takes a header off a landing. He is left comatose with a big silly looking bandage around his head. Deadbeat dad Caine realises Peter is trapped in a netherworld between life and death (the bardo of the title) and decides to bring him out of it. Peter’s foster dad Paul is upset and remembers how he first met Peter at the hellish orphanage he ended up in.
Caine does a thousand yard stare and has an annoying flashback to the days of the Temple. The irritating flashbacks on this show were always accompanied by really irritating synth music. Then he finally enters the bardo and encounters his angry, greasy looking son. Caine overlooks the fact that Peter has every right to be angry at him.
Guest stars who can’t act take up space. A hitman lurks. Peter shouts, is indolent and acts like he is high. Caine is clueless. Peter’s dead mother Laura shows up. Is she a ghost? Peter’s friend Kermit is nowhere to be seen. Peter heavy breathes and growls and Caine emotionally abuses his son some more.
This had 90s computer technology, Peter showing murderous rage toward his loser father, Caine uses public shaming to bully Peter into apologising to him, there is porno grunting and it is all embarrassingly OTT.
Peter wakes up and by 2x11, he had walked off brain surgery and was fine enough to get possessed by evil or something. Caine whips out his flute that he can only play one tune on and sermonises. Caine is an atrocious entitled git. The now calm and stepford Peter cannot recall the bardo, be bitter and angry Peter. Be bitter and angry at your father and his social myopia! On the negative side this was camp 90s cheese. Oh the plus side, this had Chris Potter.
“Your son will die and his soul will remain forever in a shadowy limbo world.”
“He is facing death.”
“Find his anger. Cure his anger.”
“You left me, remember?”
“Why’s he so angry?”
“His father’s trying to cure him with some Vulcan mind meld.”
“You left me alone!”
“ I abandoned you. Accept it. Let the rage out.”
Holmes is a stupid self absorbed right royal git. Gregson lurks. Moriarty (or is it?) lures Holmes to an empty house where a certain woman (Natalie Dormer of ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Fades’) lurks. Holmes makes faces like he just ate a ghost chilli. This was bad.
“This is not the work of your average street thug.”
“You’re a pimp and assassins are your girls.”
“She was to me The Woman.”
“That’s what 72 hour psych holds are for.”
The woman shaped growth Charlotte who can’t act hangs out with Regina, gets arrested and spills a secret. Victoria plays Jack. Baby Carl is nowhere to be seen.
Nolan looks up Edith who can’t act either. The revenge mentor mumbles one time too many. Jack and Emily have issues and a blackout takes place. This was okay if insubstantial and shallow. What is happening with the blackout? What was revenge mentor’s real agenda?
“Don’t be cruel Daniel. You and I have both made mistakes. The difference is; I don’t make them twice.”
“Someone I trust far more than you.”
“Were you expecting your husband or mine?”
“Could we have a word?”