Deception Review: Along Came Haverstock

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"Tell Me" certainly attempted to tell a cohesive story, but the Deception episode just ended up being a mess with three wildly different plots that never really bother to stitch up together.

Mostly, this was forty minutes of filler and three minutes of story.

Joanna Finds Trouble

First and foremost is Haverstock. I’m still enjoying his character and his interaction at the party with a bunch of drunk or stoned teenagers certainly had some charm to it; however, the way he went about telling Mia he’s her father lacked any tact at all.

Haverstock is only ever interested in getting one or two steps closer to his plan, and - although some part of his intentions with Mia may have been good - the scene lacked any true emotion. Haverstock has no context and no real history with Vivian, and subsequently he lacks any true link to Mia because he has no emotional context to any of the Bowers.

If he had been part of a flashback scene tonight, so the audience could gauge the level of emotion Vivian and Haverstock had for one another, the scene could have played out differently. Sadly, that is not the case and we're left with a random scene revealing his paternity and Mia taking it surprisingly well before calling herself the product of rape.

And now Sofia owes Haverstock a favor for keeping Wyatt rotting in jail. What is the point of bringing Sofia’s past back to (potentially) haunt her? There is no set up, and absolutely no framework to his introduction. He’s just thrown in the mix by placing a phone call to Sofia from jail informing her his parole hearing is coming up, along with a flashback with a younger Sofia saying, “there’s so much blood.”

Joanna, meanwhile, is still doing mostly nothing. Which is such a shame considering how much better everything could be if there was someone to root for. Part of the reason why Revenge works so well is because Emily Thorne, for how treacherous she can be, is a likeable character we want to see come out on top.

Joanna, in comparison, just walks around tailing nobodies and getting tailed by bloggers. There’s really nothing to Joanna’s story at this point aside from filling in a few minor gaps in knowledge for the police. The only new piece of information she has now is the fantasy suite intruder works at the shady bakery.

Edward, like I predicted last week, is the wild card. He’s no longer blindly loyal to his family, but is working hard towards uncovering the truth because Vivian’s death and Lyritrol’s troubles are connected. I’m also beginning to have major doubts that he is the murderer all those years ago. Julian keeps bringing it up, and Robert continues to become more and more intimidating and threatening as time marches on; so it wouldn’t necessarily surprise me if Haverstock’s leverage is not leverage against Edward, but leverage against Julian or maybe Robert.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • At least Will is still on his police game.
  • I wonder of Lyritrol’s competitor drug has some of the same issues.
  • I’m assuming Kyle’s get out of jail free card is relaying information about Mia to Haverstock.
  • Tonight is such a disappointing episode for Deception Season 1. Everything about the show had been heading in the right direction and now so much of the momentum has been lost.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (27 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    I love the series deception. I hope they are not cancelling it!!!! I love it!

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    That was really creepy when Haverstock told Mia that he was her father...I'd have been so mad if I was Mia, not only to find out that she's the product of statutory rape, but also because he ended up dropping that bomb on her at her own party. Yuck.

    Speaking of the party, I thought it was awesome that they used "A/B Machines" by Sleigh Bells during that scene, that was probably my favorite party jam of 2010, glad to hear it used in this show

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    For crying out loud, why do you keep comparing this show to Revenge? At best, it can be compared to Veronica Mars. Revenge and Deception are like oranges and apples. Why do you cheapen your review by going for the easiest, most obvious but absolutely out of context comparison? Geez!

    Fortyseven

    I gave it the benefit of the doubt and time to develop but it's just a waste of time.

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    I actually loved last night episode. I couldn't stand Edward character in the beginning but I love him now. I really don't believe he killed that girl back then and I'm so glad hes trying to right wrongs his family is making. I understand Julian has a lot as risk with this drug and he was upset by Joanna turning him down but to fight your brother in a room full of people who is watching your family hard didn't make sense.

    Even though Will and Edward scenes are so short, I love it when these two are together. I really wish Edward would have shared some of the things he learned to Will.

    That tabloid chick is really getting on my nerves. I really wish Will would have sent her back to Canada. I didn't really trust her when she said she would stop.

    I think Joanna turned down Julian because she knows shes lying to him and I think she was still a little shaken by the guy trying to shot her and Will coming to her rescue. Interesting to see how next week turns out with Edward outing the drug findings.

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    I agree with the review on Joanna....not pivitol to the plot/boring....removing her character from the storyline would not be noticed at this point.
    I like where they have taken Edwards storyline and I like Haverstocks storyline, the same with Mia.
    The remaining character's, as with Joanna.... I can only hope for the writing to improve........

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    For thsi to be 'another show' with an african american woman lead... joanna really is not the star/central focus...

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    worst show ever!

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    First I will like to say this is the worst review Ive ever read. Moving on I tought this was a good episode tonight.

    Nick-m

    lucy,

    Please link to one of my reviews where I have said I couldn't care less about Mia's story because I haven't. I've talked about the pacing of Mia's paternity in the pilot, and I've noted that her story after the reveal was mostly of avoidance and processing - something I couldn't blame her for.

    Second, my comment about Revenge is to emphasize the problem with Joanna as a main character right now, and to bring to light the fact that for a being one of the main characters Joanna is doing absolutely nothing that is noteworthy or rootable. I admitted this show is not Revenge back in my review of the pilot, and got the "comparisons" out of the way right then and there.

    You can disagree with my review, but please don't make things up to support your comments. That is the true meaning of bias.




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