OK friends, I'm back with another episode recap. Wooo! (also for caseland
5x07: "The Performer"
or "The Idiot Plot"
So here it is... the infamous "vampire episode." "The Performer" aired in early November of 2009, shortly before the opening of New Moon
, the second movie of the Twilight
franchise. Vampire mania was in full force, as other crime shows--namely, Castle
--released vampire episodes with a few weeks of each other. I suppose it was inevitable that CM would try to cash in on the vampire craze. And while it does disappoint me slightly that CM would resort to such blatant trendwhoring, at least, knowing CM, the writing would be smart and clever, right?
"Somebody's Watching" already proved that CM and Hollywood are unmixy things, and "The Performer" does not break the curse. Still, I don't hate this episode the way I hate "Somebody's Watching." Because while "The Performer" is not a good episode by any stretch of the imagination, it's not a terrible episode, either. It's just dumb. It does engage the same stereotypical Hollywood tropes, but not nearly as offensively, unless you count mind-numbing stupidity offensive. We are talking about an episode involving a singer whose alter ego is a vampire.
Yeeaaahhhh, you read right.
Still, I remained optimistic that this episode might be a case of "better than it sounds
." It wasn't. Not only was the plot every bit as ludicrous as it sounds, but it required a generally smart character to make a straight-up idiot move. But I'm getting ahead of myself again. Let's start at the beginning.( Collapse )