Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5 Review: The Brotherhood of Serapis

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Well, that slowed down to a crawl.

After a nonstop first four episodes, things shifted downward considerably on Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5.

Why? It certainly wasn't in favor of some much-needed exposition.

Lexi Gets a Lead -- Tall - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

Instead, it was more of setting up Lexi to make a decision on whose side she was.

And, frankly, she still hasn't chosen.

Damning Fragment - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

So we'll be treated to a few weeks of her metaphysical struggle between the angel and the devil on her shoulders, because, as we know, she just needs a little push, probably from Danny, to go in the right direction.

Because she's a crook desperate to go straight to earn Danny's approval. Yup. Like Jessica Rabbit, she's not bad. She's just drawn that way.

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Still, her particular skill set did allow her to walk out of temporary captivity by the Brotherhood of Serapis, named after the Greco-Egyptian deity of the sun.

They needed her to steal a file out of the Cairo safe of Farouk's mole, an Egyptian government official.

Brotherhood Member - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

It was laughable how quickly Lexi outed Fabi since she was basically accustomed to distinguishing shapes in the dark in her line of work.

He decided to neutralize her by getting her another shot at Farouk, but she had to help out the Brotherhood first by stealing that file, to help them pinpoint where he was heading.

Question: Why did the Brotherhood take Lexi to their secret lair, then let her go? I'm sure she was blindfolded and all, but still.

Now what to make of the Brotherhood of Serapis?

Anna has uncovered murders connected to them going back centuries.

They are that handy-dandy trope: a secret society, which has members embedded in government and law-enforcement organizations at least throughout Europe.

And, for some reason, they have been trying to find Cleopatra's sarcophagus since it was stolen by Nazis back in 1944.

But from some unknown time after their death until 1944, Cleopatra and Antony had resided inside that pyramid where Anna had found Anthony's sarcophagus, with seemingly no repercussions.

The hints seem to indicate that the Brotherhood was who originally stashed them in the tomb, for whatever reason.

Beautiful Pair - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

So are they good, bad, or morally complex?

Farouk seemed determined to get the two lovers back together. To what end? Worldwide destruction? Global power? Bragging rights?

In any event, the Brotherhood has been trying to find Cleopatra for the past 75 years without success. What does that say about this all-powerful secret organization?

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So Lexi reappeared in Chuck's apartment, naturally while Danny was taking a shower so she could properly ogle him.

He appeared nonplussed that she just showed up out of nowhere. Unexplained absences must be a part of her charm to which he's become accustomed.

Happy Drunk - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

She convinced him that going to Jay's reception in Geneva would use valuable intel for their continuing pursuit of Farouk.

The reality was that she just needed to procure Sharif's fingerprint to open his safe.

Instead of dusting the relic cases and taking photos, wouldn't it has been easier to just lift one of the many empty glasses Sharif was leaving around the party?

Also, wasn't Jay's having a public ceremony at which he celebrates the international cooperation to return the relics to Egypt just asking for trouble?

He's Got the Look - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

All Farouk had to do was set up a trap on the road to the airport. Whatever happened to heavily guarded dummy shipments, while the real items get driven in a fruit truck?

Farouk ended up with just the haul he needed to fund his nefarious master plan, whatever that is.

At least Lexi fessed up when the mysterious package showed up at Chuck's apartment, and she reluctantly gave him the finger, so to speak.

Once she told him her mission, but not for whom she was actually doing it, Danny was more than happy to help her out.

Too bad Sharif was a whatever-happens-in-Geneva-stays-in-Geneva kind of guy, who didn't want to be at all accommodating to Danny.

Figuring Out Their Next Step - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

Danny had to accuse him of being Farouk's inside man in order to get him to sit down and explain himself. which gave Lexi the time she needed to photograph more files.

The letter from Farouk to Lexi's dad thanking him for his help may change somewhat how Lexi feels.

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She has always blamed Danny because Farouk had killed her father.

But the letter suggested that her father knew Farouk belong before Danny got involved with Farouk, so the bombing may have had something to do with an older beef.

Discontented Academic - Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5

Once they solve the secret of the letter, maybe it will help them to heal as a couple.

The Brotherhood can't be trusted since they assaulted Danny and Lexi and stole her phone with the files photocopied on it.

Before long, Lexi confronted Fabi about what she saw as a doublecross.

He laid things out for her pretty clearly: either continuing behind a step behind with Danny or throw in with the Brotherhood instead.

But after the cliffhanger of Danny trapped at the bottom of an elevator shaft on Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 4, Lexi facing a moral conundrum wasn't nearly as exciting.

This was largely a breather episode, killing much of the momentum built up so far.

There was no Father Chuck and the comic relief he provides this episode, and it hurt.

To add up the clues, watch Blood & Treasure online.

Who will Lexi choose: Danny or the Brotherhood?

What's the Brotherhood's deal?

Does Farouk really know where he's going?

Comment below.

The Brotherhood of Serapis Review

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Blood & Treasure Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

I have to say I'm hurt. I was missing and you're here luxuriating.

Lexi [to Danny]

Jay: You will be the hero of the hour.
Danny: I don't want to be the hero. I just want to find Lexi.