James Avery. Some good gags, underpinned by serious stuff (like Kelso’s impending fatherhood, and Fez’s citizenship). 6/10
I love the main cast on Motive. They are all so playful with each other. That scene in episode 2.3 where Vega was balancing on the kerbstone was so much fun to watch.
Shannon Elizabeth. Funny, with nice character moments for many of the regulars. Eric destroying Kelso’s van would be just played for laughs in another season, but with his baby on the way (and Brooke relying on him) it serves to create some jeopardy.
Red and Hyde get some nice storylines, too. 7/10
While this is the best episode so far this season, with a real sense of pace and activity in almost all the storylines, there are still too many scenes/sequences which drag on for ages without accomplishing anything much. At least the ending is suitably epic. 8/10
Stunning action sequences, some very dark moments, a couple of great twists and some great character moments (like the hug at the end). The show is really on fire, and is easily the most confident storyteller on TV right now. It’s also got the most fallible hero on TV. Oliver isn’t perfect, and he carries the weight of his decisions on his shoulders. Makes him irresistible as a hero.
But the best character in this episode was Laurel. 10/10
Peter Barkworth, Brian Blessed. Delightful episode, using one of my favourite SFTV Tropes: the deserted town. I’d normally be very disappointed that Tara (my favourite Avengers girl) is absent but the story is such a genuine hoot, and Merlin such a fun ‘partner’ for Steed, that it completely compensates. 10/10
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And the Johnny Drama b-plot is serious (for once) and equally superb. 10/10
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Anthony Zerbe. Good story, and a very good guest star wisely kept onscreen for most of the episode. The episode is full of clever little touches (some comedic, some character-based) which add to our pleasure as we watch the mystery unravel (slowly). 8/10
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