Another very strong entry for a season that has decidedly avoided the sophomore slump. Oded Fehr is as good as they're going to get in terms of an episodic bad guy, and the menace he brings from his "Sleeper Cell" days translated nicely to the deadly control freak of a bad guy here. And an episode featuring Oded Fehr and Robin Givens? Awesome.
Couple of things to note:
- It feels like an awful lot of Michael's cases this season climax with him arranging for the bad guy to get killed by his associates. That actually feels tonally appropriate for a show about an ex-spy (he's a spook, not a superhero), but I don't remember them going to that place nearly as often in season one. Is it just my imagination?
- Along similar lines, I like that Michael is rarely eager to play do-gooder, but rather gets sucked into it by circumstance, a friend or relative or, in this case, the client inadvertently hitting Michael's deepest nerve. For that matter, I like that he doesn't especially want to talk about Sam's love life; this is a work friendship, not one where they're supposed to stand around and talk about their feelings.
- It's hard to picture a show featuring Bruce Campbell where he isn't playing the most memorable character, but dammit if Gabrielle Anwar isn't stealing the show week after week after week. Campbell's great in his usual Bruce Campbell way, but moments like Fiona spitting at Michael on stakeout duty or Fiona taking her sweet time to yell for the cops are the ones that tend to pop out each week.