The Stitch Team found themselves spinning their wheels once again on Stitchers Season 3 Episode 6 "The Gremlin and the Fixer."
And while the case of the week had its interesting moments, it also fell victim to Stitchers Season 3's unfortunate pattern of waiting until the last two minutes to wrap up the solution in a tidy bow.
Of course, that only applies to the crimes. Everyone's personal life remains a disaster.
Kirsten's anger at Cameron is understandable. She trusted him with her biggest secret, and he inexplicably shared it with Maggie. Now, Kirsten can't see her mother.
But does this make sense on a basic, logical level? Maggie claims she wants to protect them. Protecting them means making sure they have as little information as possible.
Why, though? We know they're a secret branch of the NSA. Secrets are literally their life. They keep the stitch lab a secret. Logically, wouldn't it make sense for them to be able to keep Kirsten's mother's location a secret?
Cameron's little slip to Maggie aside, when have these guys proven to be untrustworthy?
The answer is never. At least as far as Kirsten and Cameron are concerned. So either Maggie is one overprotective mama bear, or she knows more than she's saying.
And, if she does know more than she's saying, why isn't that the story? Is Stitchers trying to draw out the story across the entire season? There are only four episodes left with so much ground to cover.
Wouldn't it make more sense to devote at least more than two or three minutes each week to the overarching plot? What's the real deal with Kirsten's mother? Is Daniel Stinger the bad guy or does he have good intentions?
What's Maggie's deal? These are the questions that need answering. And instead of digging into the larger mystery, the characters are too busy finding silly reasons to fight with each other.
Ivy: I want a lawyer.
Maggie: Yeah...that's not really our thing.
Kirsten and Cameron are the main couple on the show; the will they/won't they who finally did, only to experience more roadblocks. That's fine. We've all watched enough TV to know drama comes with the territory.
But would they really be at this point where they can barely communicate after one fight? And why does Cameron appear to be at his wits end with Kirsten? What happened to the guy who would have waited forever for her on Stitchers Season 3 Episode 1?
Angst might be part of the shipper package, but it needs to make sense, or it will take the audience right out of the story.
The same can be said for whatever's happening with Ivy.
Kirsten has no clue that her sister is deceiving her even as they continue to get closer. Why didn't Maggie share the information? Wouldn't it make more sense for those closest to Ivy to know the truth?
And what happened between Maggie, Fisher, and Ivy after she showed her those photos? I assume Ivy agreed to be a double agent. But given how little she's proven herself, wouldn't it make more sense for Maggie to let the team in on the plan?
Watching this unfold at a snail's pace with the promise of another shoe dropping at some unidentified point is frustrating in the worst way.
The kind of way that makes me not want to tune in to see what happens next.
Turning back to the case, it was fine as far as cases went. Kirsten basically solved the entire thing the first time she walked into the club and found out about the gambling.
Sure, she blamed Zelda for a bit because there was the added benefit of creating jealousy. Because clearly, we needed more problems between Kirsten and Cameron.
But we all knew Rick was the bad guy, just as we knew the gremlin and the fixer were romantically involved. That was evident from Kenny's bad attitude alone.
Then again, the whole case was overshadowed by Camille and Amanda's drama. And Camille and Linus' drama. I wish we could move away from the constant sniping and apologizing.
Sorry. I don't speak pissing contest.Camille
That's another problem with this season of romance. We're being told to equate Camille and Amanda's relationship and Linus and Ivy's relationship with Kirsten and Cameron's.
But that's not how it works. We can't compare a relationship that's been brewing since Stitchers Season 1 Episode 1 with the instant relationships unfolding now.
The emotional attachment is not the same, just as the attachment for the cases of the week will never compare to the mysteries of Kirsten's family and how the stitch program works.
Where do we go from here? Hopefully to a place where we can get more answers and less silly romantic drama. I'm not suggesting everyone needs to make up immediately, but wouldn't it be nice not to have repeat angst each week?
Let's start with Ivy. Either have her confess or make Maggie brief the team on what's happening. We can watch them set a trap for Stinger rather than hear about it after the fact.
Maybe Kirsten and Cameron aren't ready to resolve their romance. So instead, let's have them set it aside for the good of the team. Working together will probably bring back that spark faster than sniping at each other.
And for the love of everything, please stop with the last second resolutions. Pacing is everything.
All right, Stitchers' Fanatics, it's your turn! Hit the comments and share your thoughts with us.
Do you think Stitchers Season 3 is moving at a glacial pace? Which romance do you want to see resolved? Is Maggie a double agent? Should Kirsten know where her mother is?
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