Deception Review: Nuclear Winter

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"Stay With Me" brought Deception back after a big stumble last week. But there are still quite a few superfluous plot elements that don't move the story along in any way.

Mia's Father

Haverstock dying of Leukemia is not at all surprising, and his reaching out to Mia now makes much more sense. He's willing to seek out and expose his own biological daughter if it means he can scrape some bone marrow out of her to save his own hide.

Just when he hits a new low, the guy brings out his shovel and keeps digging. His actions are such a shame, really, because his bonding with Mia just a few seconds prior were enjoyable; however, at least he’s honest and direct with her, something that Mia isn’t getting from her own family.

Haverstock is certainly an illuminating part of the Robert puzzle because it characterizes Robert as a man who isn’t afraid to rub elbows with the wrong kind of person, nor is Robert afraid of hanging around people who pay in blackmail.

The new ripples with Audrey and Ben are another odd development (this is an episode with the Russian mob), and the look of terror on Audrey’s face as Julian began questioning the data made her guilty flashback with Ben even worse. I’m beginning to wonder if everything that’s happened since the pilot is just a big set up from the competing drug company.

I really hope that isn’t the case, but with Deception’s recent track record I can’t say I’m optimistic about my theory not coming true.

Robert is a truly scary man, and with each passing development (i.e. his ducks falling out of alignment) his actions become more and more questionable. He’s willing to threaten Will without blinking an eye and Joanna’s failing of the polygraph puts her in his crosshairs. Even Rayburn, Robert’s resident knee-capper, has issues with Robert’s likely course of retaliation.

Sofia’s Wyatt situation is still pointless. Sofia might have been in it for Robert’s money in the beginning. However, like Joanna in some ways, she found herself caring for the family. She’s willing to go to Haverstock to keep Wyatt in jail and it’s doubtful that she even loves him anymore. The only explainable reason why she’s lying to Robert is she fears what he is capable of.

At least Joanna is finally part of the plot again after doing mostly nothing for the last few weeks. Her run in with the Russian mob, her silent break down with Will and her check out with Julian all feel connected albeit very strange bedfellows. It’s still hard to figure out how the Russian mob is connected to everything, but I’m thinking Robert is using them as a front to cover up Lyritrol’s dangers in Thailand.

Joanna’s semi-love triangle with Julian and Will took another turn this week and it’s not hard to blame Joanna for running back to Julian. Joanna was completely shaken up over her interaction with the Russians. While I understand that Will has things to do and he can’t spend the entire day with Joanna, she wasn't asking for the entire day. Joanna just needed a few minutes to compose herself and process it all with the only person who knows about everything she's going through, and, instead, Will walked out.

Julian, meanwhile, offered his shoulder. At this point I’m firmly rooting for Julian over Will.

Other Thoughts

  • Haverstock’s blackmail of Kyle continues.
  • With the golf club in his possession will Robert be the one to turn Edward in? That way he can turn the spotlight away from his company and damage Edward's credibility?
  • Will sure found the secret compartment in the SUV in no time.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.1 / 5.0 (20 Votes)

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

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    Terrie

    I still don't see this show lasting................I've watched from episode one......

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    Really starting to get into this show, it lost me for a sec but i'm back full force. I keep coming back to see what's next:-)

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    I like the show. My advice to the negative commenters: Give the writers a chance to develop the characters... and story. This is their first season. I have seen countless series in the past that had a weak start and later picked up momentum, built a fan base, and had staying power.

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    This episode was ok but I cant believe Edward would sabotage his family company. Because of Bowers Pamarical he is living in the high life. I couldn't do that to my own father if He worked hard to built such a large empire I would not ruin it. At first I hated Sophia but now Im starting to like her more she is a very good Mom to Mia. As for Mia I think its kind of a good thing she is knowing her Bio dad better. The show does need more time to develop before bringing in more new characters. Hope we see a second season.

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    Even though I enjoyed last night show I think so many things are so up in the air and how they are going to be all solved in the 3 remaining shows.

    I was so team Will but him leaving Joanna when she really needed him made me look at him differently. I guess it didn't help that Julian was so sweet and nice to Joanna. Interesting to see what happens to Joanna since Robert knows shes lying about something.

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    much better episode than last week... IMO I'm hoping that Haverstock survives, he is such a wonderful evil charactor, written and acted perfectly..as is Robert..........there is still work (hello writers) to do on Joanna's charactor if they expect it to be the lead for the show.....

    #fortyseven - I agree with you ...I will continue to watch but a lot needs to improve....

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    I thought it was a good episode. I am also team Julian. I hope they dont' cancel this show, I think it could be great if it gets a chance to develop. Maybe they need some new writers to give it some real drama. Yes there are a few things that didn't add up, like how did Joanna lose that money - there was no reason for her to have lost it - in my opinion, but I do like the show and will keep watching.

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    It was a good episode. At this point I think things are spreading out from a who dun nit storyline to a real tangled web of deception. Even Will is hiding something. Look at the interaction he had with Robert and Sophia, they've run into a each other before and I'm curious about it now. It's making even more sense now that he brought Joanna into the mix, when it is so obvious she is under qualified for such a case. He must be really motivated by something other than simply solving the murder and grasped at any desperate straw (Joanna) to get an in. And why would Robert threaten Will's mom unless he knew he needed some sort of protection from the likes of Will. Also WIll's response to Sophia raised my interest in the Wyatt story line. Yea something's really going on between Will, Robert and Sophia and it shows that nobody's clean. Everyone is deceptive.

    As for the love triangle. I'm fully on team Julian too.

    Fortyseven

    Yeah Nick, I get the impression that Audrey's boss set everything in motion by sabotaging Lyritrol or framing Bower Pharma for deaths. Joanna is an object lesson in how not to be a good cop. I was going to quit a couple of episodes ago but I guess I'll watch until the mid-season finale.




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