Without a Trace s7 eps 19 & 20

What a rubbishy pair of episodes. 

Episode 19 was the worst of the two for sheer implausibility.  A dating agency owner goes missing after breaking the poor wee sensitive heart of a Russian mobster who is deeply in touch with his feelings.  Everybody bangs on about love and soul-mates and all that mushy stuff, and most of it is completely unconvincing or borderline stupid.  Even Danny’s sincerity is undermined by the fact he’s squandering his feelings on the loathesome Elena – she’s so worried about Sam being unconscious in hospital that she had to go get a new hairdo and fringe?

Episode 20 was a bit better, with its tale of a billionaire’s estranged son who disappears after a plane crash, but the story was very WAT-by-numbers and a bit stupid, and again, the plausibility factor was conspicuously absent.  Two hundred people searching in the same area for hours, and yet Viv is always the one next to what they’re all looking for? 

Biggest disappointment however was the treatment of the Martin-Kim storyline across the two episodes.  Dude finally gets a story, and it’s a good one, but it’s squashed in between these two sub-standard mysteries and some Sam-Jack relationship rubbish.  A few scenes and it’s all done.  What a waste.

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2 thoughts on “Without a Trace s7 eps 19 & 20

  1. Red January 10, 2010 / 6:18 pm

    Yeah, CJ,I thought it was a bit daft that Viv single-handedly found both the perp *and* the vic. Elena’s fringe is stupid. (Do we talk about hair too much?)

  2. CJ Cregg January 10, 2010 / 9:38 pm

    (Possibly :-))

    I think the thing about WAT is that the wardrobe and hair choices for the female characters are consistently so inappropriate for the storylines and roles they play that they totally take you out of the story so it’s totally legit for us to talk about it. Way I justify it look at it, if the characters all lived in the Bahamas, we’d think it was ridiculous if they were wearing woolly jumpers and parkas all year round, but just as weirdly they’ve been known to do big FBI raids in six-inch heels and pencil-skirts. Which is the same principle as the hair – all this stressful work they’re supposed to constantly do all day, to the detriment of their personal lives, they’re juggling kids and tricky relationships too, and yet the women always seem to have time to have really obviously salon-new hairdos in every ep. It’s totally stupid and distracts me no end. Just like Elena’s fringe 🙂

    At least, this is my story and I’m sticking to it….

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