No doubt that this was the poorest of the series to date in what has been a very good first season. Hopefully this is as bad as it gets.
Maybe the writers could have had an off day, or maybe they really wanted to begin to introduce more background story of the other characters apart from Gideon (i.e. Gibson's possible abused childhood).
Torture scenes didn't particularly affect me as there is so much violence on television these days, but more implied cruelty (off-screen) works better in my opinion than being on-screen and highly graphic.
Roll on the next episode, this series has me hooked.