Every serial killer has his first day, and when the SRU gets called to the site of a motel room after an unintentional kidnapping, they soon learn that one of the hostages is not who they appear to be. At the same time, Ed learns that there is much more than his cop family at stake now, as he will soon have an unexpected surprise in his life. Jules also begins to take a much more offensive role when she finds a connection with the condemned subject.
Major developments: The only major developments for the series is that Ed’s wife is pregnant with another child, and we learn that he has a brother in the police force.
What worked: Going by the production numbers and the episode order in Canada, this is the premiere of the third season. So that explains why we got the stunning revelation this week that Ed Lane has a brother in the police force that he never talks about. I really hope this dynamic is explored more because that enforces an idea that Ed comes from a “cop family.” I’d be willing to bet a fair amount that Ed is one of those “my father was a cop, as was his father, etc” kind of guys. I also liked seeing Jules finally do stuff again. For a while now she’s been the note taker in the truck. In season one she had a great dynamic with Sam, as well as being the only female on the team. Now it looks like she needs to grow as a character once again, and it looks like the writers are starting to realize that too. I also like this episode’s “situation.” As per usual, the pacing, action, writing, it was all top notch. I also like that the show isn’t even trying to hid the Toronto location anymore, when the team opens up a tool box that belongs to the subject they find money, but it isn’t green, it’s Canadian.
What didn’t: This episode was kind of cliche at certain points. For example, why is there a sewage access point under the floor board of a motel room? That’s just poor Toronto city planning I say. That’s one of those, it’s so ridiculous you have to just role with it, kind of moments. I was also annoyed that none of the effects from “Behind The Blue Line” are being examined in this episode. Sam was torn to pieces emotionally at the end of that episode last week, and here he seems to be back on this game. While I know he needs to be a functioning member of the team, I would of liked to see him a little hesitant about the job. Also, another quick gripe at CBS, please, before you air anymore episode from the new production season, air the two that are left from last year.
Final thoughts: If this episode is the start of some really great background story for Ed and Jules, than I’m all for it. I am interested to see what else is in store from the writers.
Episode: “’Unconditional Love” (Season 3, Episode 8) [According to CBS]
Airs: CBS,Fridays, 10pm
What’s next: A vigilante start taking the law into his own hands and goes after every major drug player in the city.
If this is the first you are hearing of this show, then I highly suggest you check out my recent interview with its creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. The interview can be found here.
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