King & Maxwell – Second Chances

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2013

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King & Maxwell - Second Chances

After a somewhat lackluster Pilot episode, the show’s second episode finds Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn) a prime suspect in the assassination attempt of a Georgian diplomat (Shawn Doyle) that got one of his Secret Service agents shot. Given her past association with the diplomat (who she once threatened at gunpoint) and the care someone is taking to frame her for the current crime, Maxwell is questioned by Rigby (Michael O’Keefe) and Carter (Chris Butler) and ordered to stay away from the suspect. Ignoring the warning, King (Jon Tenney) steps in as Maxwell’s lawyer and the pair do some of their own investigating while also dealing with exonerated serial killer Edgar Roy (Ryan Hurst) who shows up on their doorstep unannounced for the job they promised him.

With Edgar’s help, King and Maxwell track down the young woman (Chanelle Peloso) the diplomat drugged and sexually assaulted years ago who is still haunted from the events that took place years ago when she was only 14 years-old. The second-half of the mystery involves a dead Georgian revolutionary in an apartment from an apparent suicide who called both the office and Maxwell’s cell pone over the past few days but hung-up each time without leaving a message (making it look to Rigby like he was working with Maxwell).

Although the truth behind the assassination plot is a little too convoluted for my tastes, “Second Chances” does make some headway in terms of character development. Romijn and Tenney’s reportiore isn’t quite natural yet, but it is an improvement over the Pilot. Although it somewhat awkwardly works Edgar into the office, his addition gives the show an increased quirky feel that serves it well. There are still issues, however, such as its overreaching plots and the fact that a former Secret Security officer like King being less security conscious than seems prudent for a man in his line of work.

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