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Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Frank pursues a killer who kidnaps teenagers from an upper middle-class neighborhood and forces them to drink human blood. After one is killed and the other is returned home unharmed because his father admitted to making a mistake, Frank is forced to set up a trap to capture the killer before he can harm the third victim.moreless

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  • Sinners and Losers

    I wasn't massively impressed with this episode. Too much of the script contained giant leaps in logic and there were too many moments in which Frank was given some contrived, convenient insight into the case, helping him work out who the kidnapper was.

    The principal idea behind the storyline is one of those stock stories we've seen many times before on serial killer shows. Seeing a psychopath committing crimes to send out some kind of message about the state of humanity isn't exactly original material and it seems as if the ritualistic side of the kidnappings, involving force-feeding victims blood, was tagged on, hoping the audience would become a little more interested. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't work, as the blood subplot is never fully resolved and the graphic nature of the blood-feeding scenes doesn’t exactly feel worth it in the end.

    The setting of the episode could have been used to good effect but, sadly, Frank Spotnitz's script underuses the suburban town the events take place in, rendering what could have been an unsettling comparison to the ritualistic kidnappings almost completely pointless. I was also annoyed at how the script returned to the early season one "blink-and-you'll-miss-her" use of Catherine, who has by now already proved her usefulness on the show.

    Despite some intriguing issues about the emotionally crippled state of the community seen throughout the episode, I couldn't help but dislike Weeds, thanks to a predictable script and some tedious stock characters.

    Director: Michael Pattinson

    Writer: Frank Spotnitz

    Rating: D+moreless
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Michael Tomlinson

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Tom Comstock

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Josh Clark

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Edward Petey

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Cheryl Andrews

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