Monday, April 27, 2009
Or as I like to call it Mindscan: The Murder Mystery Comedy Edition. If you've never read Robert J Sawyer's winning Mindscan or his earlier novel The Terminal Experiment, Boyd's little lecture on immortality via brain-scans might have been your first introduction to the possibility. Not a new concept. Not a new idea. But executing it as a plot device to solve a murder mystery with incest comedy? Ok, definitely a new twist. (I was originally going to refer to this as 17 Again: The Murder Mystery.)
On its own, Haunted is a good episode. It develops the characters of Topher and Adelle, and Boyd gets to moralize while Victor displays his ability to do a Texas accent. As it was written by the two lovely people who gave us Echoes (plus Jane E,) you know it had some excellent Topher/Adelle. She gives him a friend for his birthday. Awwww... Every year. She loves him. Really. /ship
It also goes further to prove—as of last episode—we aren't supposed to think of Paul as a "good guy" any longer. Or at least to paint him as morally grey as the rest of the cast, which could possibly be setting him up to become involved with the House as an insider and not an adversary? Shall we say yes to this considering the trailer shows he's getting in the House next week?
Speaking of—what's the deal? Anyone else notice the strategic editing that implies Paul is Alpha?
The only issue with episode ten is that Fox has yet again screwed this series by waiting two weeks to show it. The break—so Fox could spread the two final airing episodes (of this season) during sweeps—has us coming back to an episode that is much slower in momentum than the one previous and likely the two following. In the scope of the series, it works for giving us time to pause and process and prepare for Paul Storming The House. However, with the break it felt like I was coming back to a transition episode that didn't do much to get me excited to keep watching.
Good thing that trailer for next week was there.