Spoilers for last night's return of "Life" coming up just as soon as I make my own bullets...
After going out with both a literal and metaphorical bang in 2008 with the abundance of pleasures that was "Trapdoor," "Life" returns in 2009 with a more standard-issue hour in the aptly-titled "Re-Entry." Not a bad episode by any means -- at this point, I'd probably be willing to watch Damian Lewis and Sarah Shahi go to the dry cleaner together -- but after "Trapdoor" suggested the series might be kicking itself into a higher gear, "Re-Entry" brought us back to the previous speed.
My favorite part, in fact, didn't involve Crews and Reese at all. Ted's jailhouse economics lectures were a highlight, as he finally found a large and attentive class, and as he realized, as both a teacher himself and as a student of Charlie Crews, that he had no choice but to let the hillbilly beat on him for the stolen dinner roll.
The case itself was pretty good, though I don't think the role play exercise in the squadroom with Crews and Josh Randall imagining they were in the plane led anywhere useful. Crews needed to go to all that trouble to realize the killer must have had to train for the mission? But the visuals -- the plane in the middle of the suburban street, the mysterious orange cube, Crews forging his own ammo in the middle of his kitchen -- were cool as usual.
What did everybody else think?