This review contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “Trust Issues,” the seventh episode of NBC’s “Bionic Woman.”
Opening with some very old school espionage in the form a very public dead drop, Jaime is thrust into an international conspiracy that is a little too close to home when her partner, Antonio Pope (Isaiah Washington), starts keeping secrets from her.
Overall, the entire story was very box standard – a foreign Government official comes into the United States and Berkut learn that someone is out to kill him – and only the mixed agendas of Antonio kept the episode moving at watchable pace.
The increasing internal conflict between Berkut and the Central Intelligence Agency also helped liven things up and put Jaime (Michelle Ryan) and Toms (Jordan Bridges) otherwise bland and forgettable relationship into a more acceptable and entertaining position.
Their tenuous circumstances become all the more interesting when it is revealed that Jaime is now being followed by Government agents due to her involvement with Tom. The kicker of it all is that her unwanted stalking could have played a larger role if one of the trailing operatives caught a small glimpse of what she is now capable of.
After the opening switcharoo, the ensuing chase and the violent methods Jaime used to bring it to an end was particularly good — especially the callous and almost arrogant way she checks the status of the driver and strolls off into the night.
Her tactics are more at home with the still-absent Sarah Corvus (Katee Sackhoff) and once again introduces the idea that she could potentially become like Sarah due to the bionic technologies that saved her life.
Yes, she stopped the bad guy. Yes, she retrieved the package, but in doing so she ran the risk of exposing her own augmentation and also what is supposed to be a secret organization — sloppy work by anyones standards.
Some nifty slow-down effects added a hint of coolness to the pursuit and helped make the sheer amount of running Jaime does in a week just a little bit more interesting. Director Alex Chapple used some interesting camera angles throughout the episode (particularly when Jonas (Michael Ferrer) and Nathan (Kevin Rankin) learn that President Rudan is entering the country), and the Battlestar Galactica style camera bobbing helped add some realism at points.
Trust Issues final operation in the race stadium was also a much-needed improvement from previous weeks and the music carried with it a strong feeling of menace. Given the potential that Antonia has gone rogue, the music done a fantastic job of bringing some of those emotions to the surface.
What Didnt Work
What kind of a spy goes out without a cover story for what he does? Id like to say that the dinner scene between Jaime, Becca (Lucy Hale) and Tom was a middle of the road kind of event, but in reality it was so far off the road that it was upside down in a ditch with its wheels spinning.
The dialogue was terrible, the set-up was as pointless as Ruths willingness to change in order to help Jaime adjust to her Berkut life, and simply didnt come to an end quick enough. Because when youve got bionics, wheres the fun in watching your traditional romance?
Antonios stories of love gone wrong and distaste for Rudan was less than emotive and changed little about the assassin. It wasnt his personal connection to the case that added some life to the episode, but instead his rogue actions and the mystery that he could potentially be working for the enemy and against Berkut.
Its a genuine shame that Washington’s last episode is the one where he becomes interesting.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Trust Issues was written by Kerry Ehrin and the episode was directed by Alex Chapple. Bionic Woman stars Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price, Mark A. Sheppard and Will Yun Lee.
Bionic Woman airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Alan Stanley Blair is the assistant news editor for Airlock Alpha, contributing from his home country of Scotland. He is currently studying for his post-graduate diploma in Freelance Journalism and Feature Writing as a distance student at the London School of Journalism. He can be reached at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.