With Entanglement, we get another lesson, but for one aspect of the show, this series seems about going around in circles. while not as downright dreadful as the show’s second ep, it is still tackling rather complex social issues (women driving cars in Saudi Arabia, child killings in El Salvador, approaching a cute girl in Montreal) with vignettes that approach their subject matter with all the gravitas of an 80s sitcom, . Like aspects of the show’s earlier eps, the end result is something that wanders from condescending to downright insulting.
And then there’s poor Martin Bomm, sent on missions by his son Jake (who still is being portrayed with less personality than the machine that spits out numbers on Person of Interest.) The writers seem content to portray him as little more than a robotic plot device, there to get Kiefer to go on missions which he as to emotionally McGuyver his way through. In the meantime, said missions put him perilously close to continually risking loosing his son. In that aspect of the show, we have Clea and Martin having the same conversation again as they have every episode in a different setting.
Clea: “I’m on your side, but if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll lose Jake.”
Martin: “But we’re connecting! And I’ve been raising him fine the past ten years.”
Clea: “Not according to social services.”
Rinse and repeat. Oh, and since it’s Keifer, we get some occasional Jack Bauer-like beating on people. Although, unlike with Jack, Martin tends to physically assault people because he’s frustrated or confused, not because there’s any particular reason for him to beat up people.
The only redeemable aspect of the show continues to be the character of Arthur DeWitt, played by Danny Glover. This ep, while talking with a confused Martin, he starts having geometric hallucinations/visions. Excited, he tracks down his estranged and still angry (at him anyways) daughter who works as a nurse to try to get into a MRI machine while he’s still under the effects. Now, while we got a hint that his evolutionary theories about children like Jake, lead to disaster, this ep we get to see the deep pathos of his characters history. It’s really a compellingly sad moment when he sits and replays a video of a past TV interview where he is told ‘These children would be lost without you.”
But that small thread in a sea of superficial emotional manipulation. It’s not really enough to make this show actually good, or overall meaningful.
Rating: 3 out of 5