The series two-hour opener was marked an at times jerky return, but a fun one at that.
The actor was nice enough to spare a few minutes recently for a chat about weird fans, why "doing" is better than "feeling," and what's in store for Season 3.
Is it swagger or laziness to have a character wish aloud for a "preposterous stroke of luck" concerning the introduction of information that would allow a season-long storyline to advance?
In "Nature of the Beast," we learned James’ real name (I was wrong to guess McGillicutty Esq.), and with it, some disturbing details concerning his past.
"Willie Pete" proved affable but never built toward anything beyond plot points that will likely have a bigger impact down the road. So essentially, no harm, no foul.
"Psychological Warfare" was like getting shrunk down and injected into Michael Westen's spy genes at the very moment they came into existence.
"The Genoa Tip" succeeded most when exploring its worthy theme, but a nagging attention to petty office drama drove the whole execution into frustrating territory.
"All or Nothing" combined the awkwardness of ex-lover reunions and the pain of a socially isolating career while still maintaining a fun tone on the way to a sexy, devastating breakdown for our hero.
I’m happy to report (see what I did there?) that "First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" indicated a welcome change in direction for the News Night crew.
"Exit Plan" focused almost entirely on the escape of mystery character Sonya and her equally stunning huntress Oksana, which didn’t offer the most complicated story, but had plenty of gorgeous cheekbones and explosions to distract from Fiona’s weak—though momentous—B-story back home.
"Brothers in Arms" wisely combined emotional revelation with explosive sacrifice, both of which further illuminated Michael Westen’s path to the end.
"Down Range" doubled-down on both the old and the novel by mixing earlier story threads with new threats, resulting in a satisfying episode that hinted at a possible conclusion to the whole series.
This week’s adventure was mainly concerned with reuniting Westen and his crew, as well as sticking our noses right in the sour roses of Michael and Fi’s spoiled relationship, all while uncovering the true identity of last week’s dastardly Mystery Man.