Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son – Sun and Fun

by Alan Rapp on May 17, 2021

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The search for the Surgeon (Michael Sheen) continues as Malcom (Tom Payne) is able to deduce Dr. Vivian Capshaw‘s (Catherine Zeta-Jones) involvement in the serial killer’s escape, and that she in fact kidnapped Martin rather than the other way around, although the profiler has difficulty selling the concept to the rest of the team. (Vivian escalates to full cray-cray here.) The penultimate episode of the season quickly goes from a manhunt for an escaped serial killer to a rescue mission, at least in Malcom’s mind. Despite her doubts, Dani (Aurora Perrineau) stays by Malcom’s side (up until the point that Capshaw kidnaps him as well). The episode ends in a cliffhanger with Martin slipping through the law’s fingers once more (with a new traveling companion) setting up the season’s finale (which, given FOX cancelling the show likely marks it as the series’ finale as well).

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Prodigal Son – You Can Run…

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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The manhunt for the escaped Surgeon (Michael Sheen) begins. The show teases the possibility of capturing Martin in a single episode, returning the show to the status quo. Instead, we get a couple of twists as it seems the Surgeon didn’t think of everything. Malcom (Tom Payne) discovers he is more conflicted about the hunt for his father than he expected, especially after discovering one of his old toys in his father’s possessions and discovering Ainsley (Halston Sage) has been secretly communicating with their father in the weeks leading up to his escape. In the end, Malcom is able to profile his father well enough to deduce his escape plan and capture both the criminals he escaped with, but the Surgeon slipped through his fingers as it seems Martin’s journey took a far different path than anyone expected.

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Prodigal Son – Exit Strategy

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Exit Strategy
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The Second Season of Prodigal Son has led up to this. While the case of the week involves the NYPD investigating a murder where the only witness is an agoraphobic former chess champion and peeping tom, the larger piece of the story involves the Surgeon‘s (Michael Sheen) escape plan going into action. Blissfully unaware of what his father has planned, and ignoring his calls, Malcom (Tom Payne) works to solve the latest crime and even gives thought to expressing his feelings for Dani (Aurora Perrineau) although the escape of his father may through a monkey wrench into those plans.

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Prodigal Son – Face Value

by Alan Rapp on March 5, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Head Case
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Since it’s premiere, Prodigal Son has balanced how far over the edge to take it’s characters. In “Face Values” the show goes a bit too far over the line as Malcom (Tom Payne) is distracted from his latest case involving a doctor Botoxed to death by what turns out to be his sister Ainsley (Halston Sage) screwing with him after discovering what he has kept from her. While this means Ainsley isn’t a serial killer, it does mean she’s perhaps even less mentally stable than the show has explored so far as she is incapable of realizing just how far she has taken things to try and teach her brother (who risked his job and prison to protect her).

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Prodigal Son – Head Case

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2021

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Head Case
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“Head Case” offers the opportunity for Malcom (Tom Payne) to dream up a better life after being thrown down an elevator shaft while investigating a new murder and a derelict hotel. While living in a brighter world with a far happier Whitley family, the truth of Malcolm’s life creeps in forcing him to work on solving the case and breaking out of his concussed stupor. The set-up allows for the show to play with the idea of pairing Malcolm with Dani (Aurora Perrineau) romantically, an idea it has lightly teased but mostly stayed away from, without actually pulling the trigger (except in Malcolm’s mind). While the dream sequences are the most important aspect of the episode, it’s the conclusion which is likely to have far more impact on the season arc as Malcolm tells Ainsley (Halston Sage) the truth about the death of Nicholas Endicott only to learn she may have killed again.

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