The Rookie S02E10 - "The Dark Side" - *spoilers*

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  1. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015


    Two really bad plot points for me:
    • The assassination attempt. We're supposed to believe that an individual was supposed to track them when none of the dozens of reporters did so? Those reporters have a lot more resources.
    • As soon as the serial killer confirms she's working with someone, she should have gone directly back to jail. They already established that the only reason they let her out is that she couldn't describe where the bodies were. She had to lead them to the bodies. Yet she obviously was able to describe the location accurately to her cohort. Plus, once they know she has a partner, she could easily be leading everyone into an ambush or escape attempt.
    And, once again, when they had Lucy run into the guy at the bar ... since it was an actor I was familiar with, I knew it wasn't a "throwaway" scene. I just didn't know if it would be a love interest or what it turned out to be, at least not until it was established the serial killer had a partner.

    Even with those, I enjoyed the episode.
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  2. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

    Dec 8, 2007
    I immediately knew, when the introduced the serial killer, what was going to happen to Lucy.

    Good points overall.

    On the serial killer. Obviously, she found a secret method to communicate with the outside world. Unfortunately, that's a plot line that has been used before... a lot.
  3. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    I got the vib early that all of the couples were going to break up. Still wish Chen would get back with Nolan
  4. logic88

    logic88 Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Land Of...
    The Wesley storyline is getting old. I hope that gets resolved soon.

    Aside from that, the episode was fine. Do rookies generally get assigned to high profile serial killer cases though? Also, given how she had been playing them so easily, I don't see why they would believe that it would be so simple to decode her messages and to catch her "student/accomplice".
  5. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001


    I get really tired of every serial killer on TV being some variation of Hannibal Lecter. Of course I have no knowledge of what real serial killers are like, other than watching occasional episodes of Forensic Files or similar shows, but it just seems to me like most of them would appear to be ordinary people. I know it's all about dramatic effect, but when I see the first shot of a scene like the one where they were strapping her into the restraining chair, it makes me groan inside. "OK, here we go again" is probably not the dramatic effect they're trying to get me to feel.
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  6. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    She really figured out that 'book cipher' pretty quickly. I play around with a lot of ciphers in my off-time, and it would've taken me a few minutes to make the connection. She barely had the paper open and had figured it out.
    Reminds me of Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code.

    I enjoyed the episode but I agree that as soon as they found out she was giving the locations to a 3rd party, back to jail she goes.

    Whenever a show has the bad guy keep a mask on, it is generally because they are someone we have seen, or will see, and aren't supposed to know they are the bad guy. So it makes it easier as a viewer to look around for the new character we haven't seen before.
  7. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    On a related note, I've been rewatching Alias and at one point, there's a double agent who "our team" runs into on an op. Unlike every other spy (good or bad) this person is wearing a mask. Yes, they tell this person to take off the mask, but more than that, it should be a red flag for our team to recognize that there's a double agent...
  8. Jeff_in_Bklyn

    Jeff_in_Bklyn Active Member

    Apr 26, 2003
    This was the stupidest plot point for me, she walked up to HIM at the bar and right after she was told to get a new man. Then he happens to be the serial killer? Come on, I'm not a idiot. Lazy writing.
  9. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    Yes I the writing was very weak.

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