Profiler

Season 3 Episode 1

Coronation

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Oct 17, 1998 on NBC
6.8
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The day after Jack's clever escape from the prison after Sam unsuccessfully tried to bait him and she killed Sharon instead, Sam must look into herself in order to find him. Everything seems to point to her childhood which reveals that Jack has apparently stalked her all his life. Then, Jack abducts an infant, and tries to lure Sam into finding him in which the VCTF learns Jack's real identity (so it seems).

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  • Oh. My. God.

    4.5
    Profiler starts season 3 with a new opening sequence, new producers and new writers. The result was a whiplash change in direction that ironically ended up feeling exactly the same as the season two premiere. This entire episode is about cleaning up the mess of the season two finale; the episode that can't quite pull itself together.



    The very long and unproductive sequence at the beginning where Sam runs around the prison in an orange jumpsuit doesn't do much for the story. Jack's not the tubby guard anymore? He Bailey. Oh no, he's in a body bag - oh wait nevermind, oh nos he got away. It's well meaning but it's still a mess.



    We end up stumbling around for a while with clues that only Sam could possibly know - and then she realizes it a Sunday School song. We end up wandering for a while. Then in what has got to be on the episode's biggest "huh?" moment, Sam climbs out a bathroom window so she can confront Jack fact to face. Here's the thing - it's obvious this guy isn't Jack. He's screwed up and obsessive and unstable but he's not Jack. (I checked my review from ten years ago when it first aired and I wrote "Hopefully this means this story is over but probably not since the actor playing Jack is obviously different."). The only good thing that twist means is that we shouldn't have to deal with Jack the rest of the season.



    There's some other awkwardness in the episode - the new actress playing Chloe is about four years older than the old actress. Marcus Payton disappears without explanation (the rule: all black men who part of the VCTF only survive on year on the job). The question of how Jack got into Sam's house is never answered - obviously the writers couldn't figure it out.



    We're left with a messy episode that - at least superficially - wraps up the Jack story line so Profiler can move forward. That's a big deal, it's not enough to result in a good episode.



    At the end of the day, getting Jack offstage for most of the season will be worth putting up with this chaotic mess.moreless
  • Very poor writing – the beginning of the end of a great series

    2.0
    I watched this show's first 2 years and really liked most of the storylines. I especially liked that each

    episode was a self-contained story but also contained elements of the overall "Jack of all Trades" storyline, advancing it little by little. This episode was HORRIBLE. For example, Sam finds

    out that Jack got into her supposedly impregnable home. Of course the obvious question is "How could that be possible?" It is never answered; in fact, when Sam sees "Jack" later in prison he says something like, "Don't you want to know how I got in? Well, I won't bore you with the details." In other words, the WRITERS had no idea how he got in -- they just decided to say he did, for dramatic effect. That's about the level of the rest of the writing of this episode.



    As another reviewer pointed out, other things were awful too. Chloe seems to have gone from age 8 or 9 to age 14 or 15. No explanation for that either. Marcus is gone from the last episode of season 2. No explanation for that either - no reference to him at all. (Actually his absence wasn't a surprise -- once he hired on to the VCTF, they seemed to not know what to do with him. What was he for, "street cred"??) And the scene with Sam at the prison with "Jack" -- were we supposed to take that seriously? Was it supposed to be funny? I suspect it was meant seriously, which is very sad.



    Not sure if they got new writers for this season or what, but the first episode was just plain bad.moreless
  • JAck captured. Chole ages mysteriously.

    2.0
    Season three begins where, we do not know. Chole has aged, I would guess 5 to 6 years. We see the capture of Jack, but he seems to have been re-created. The first two seasons he is rail thin and rough around the edges. The new Jack is a well groomed, sligtly chucky gentlemen. The writers seem to think they can pull this over on us.



    Sam continues to be annoyingly unable to carry on an adult concersation unless it is "profiling" related. Will her charecter ever grow up?.



    Overall disappointing and not well connected with the prior two seasons.



    Having taken 7 years to capture Jack is unrealistic. Then again when only five people are committed to capturing him what can we expect. I find it hard to believe Malone would have have been fired for incompetance by now.moreless
  • Possible spoilers, Wasn't to impressed

    6.5
    When I popped in the disc I found I was quite disappointed. They got a new child to play Clo and I always hate when shows do that. I am still confused as to why Baily has heard nothing from his daughter in forever.



    This whole episode seemed like it was just thrown together. I was not happy at all with the outcome, even if it was their intention to throw you off the trail and try to be witty. It was a disater. I found myself just dragging throught the season hoping it would get better. On about the 5th disc things start to get better again.



    I am very worried about season 4, because Sam is leaving the show. Hopefully I won't have to report bad news about that season.

    Don't get me wrong I love this show, Just most of season 3 was a huge disappointment!moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Grace Alvarez

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Angel Brown

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Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes

Female Prisoner

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Brogan Young

Brogan Young

Senior Guard

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Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Chloe Waters

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