Private Eyes s2 ep 18

After a sweet little beginning which stopped just short of shipper-tastic – I mean, would a hug have killed anybody? – the Private Eyes season finale changed tack very quickly, snapping into an unusually hi-tech, high stakes and, er, high volume (the “DON’T TALK, NOT SAFE” bit was awesome) story for what’s normally a happily lo-fi, relaxed way to spend 45 minutes a week, even if they have been pushing the Eyes envelope a little this year. Not that Everett and Shade Investigations will be challenging Ethan Hunt and the IMF to an apocalyptic spycraft-off any time soon, but this tale of heists, hacking and harassment was something of a departure for Private Eyes, and a tad different in tone and consequences from, say, finding a kidnapped octopus.

Perhaps that’s why REDACTED’s story didn’t feel right from the start. I guessed very quickly that she was lying, and what she was lying about, and if Angie and Shade had done their due diligence (or watched a bit more Blindspot) instead of being so kind and trusting they would have as well, but since the absolute joy of this show is precisely that kindness and trust, that wouldn’t have made it much of an episode. Either way, my mounting unease just made things significantly more exciting and, for all the plot might not hold up to too close an examination, I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. The ending was incredibly cruel, but since we’re (thank GOD) getting a third season, and we all know that Shade absolutely is going to get his partner/friend (aka love of his life, amirite?) Angie out of there, I forgive them. Especially since it might lead to that hug I’ve been waiting for. For so long, you guys. SO LONG.

A great season finale then, to round off another charming, cheerful season of a show I can’t get enough of. I’ve liked some episodes better than others, but it’s never mattered: Angie and Shade are a terrific team and I ship them with every ounce of my being, Zoe has turned out to be a delightful, capable sidekick, and I completely and utterly adore Maz. While Jules and Liam are very sweet kids, mind you, I would be fine if I never heard about their trip to Italy ever again, but that’s just me being an old grump. This show has so much heart, it captured mine long ago: I love it to pieces, and I can’t wait for season three.

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5 thoughts on “Private Eyes s2 ep 18

  1. Jed Bartlet August 6, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    It was very odd, wasn’t it? I mean that in a nice way – it was a good episode – but it was something of an outlier in the Private Eyes canon. I thought the plot was excellent: like you, I guessed that the client was a wrong ‘un, but I wasn’t sure exactly where we were going. I also assumed that the other case would be connected somehow, but not necessarily that they were working together. Most Private Eyes Moment Ever: the bit at the end when the client produced the signifiers that she’s a bad girl, namely a cigarette and pair of sunglasses. It was like Grease.

    I’m not normally here for teenage kid subplots, but Jules and Liam are so ADORBS that I’m very much here for them. (And Jordyn Negri continues to be a fresh and charming screen presence.)

    But, but, but… there was NOWHERE NEAR enough Shangie shipping this season. Dudes. Unpopcult LIVES for the ship. Get on it.

    • CJ Cregg August 7, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Re the Shangie shipping: PREACH.

  2. Traxy August 7, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Yeah, obvious set-up was glaringly obvious. Annoyingly obvious. Did someone hit Shangie with a stupid shovel all of a sudden?

    Juliam ARE adorbs, I totally agree with Jed!

    What amused hubby and I was that it also felt like a “Haven” reunion, what with the two clients, Priestley, and even Lucas Bryant showing up (but he isn’t on the IMDb listing for some reason???).

    • CJ Cregg August 7, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Heh, yes re the Haven reunion! I was pleased to see Nathan at least, even if he’s playing Big Mean Fed. I recognised the male client (although I have been trying to erase the William arc from my memory) but I didn’t remember the female one from Haven at all. Good spot though, Traxy – IMDB tells me she played “Arla Cogan” although I still can’t remember who that was… 🙂

      • Traxy August 8, 2018 / 12:15 pm

        Neither can I, but she was only in a couple of episodes, apparently. Just thought she looked familiar. 🙂

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