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Season 1 Episode 9

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 04, 1997 on NBC
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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When Native American chiefs are ritually murdered on the reservation, Sam consults a tribal wise man to narrow the list of suspects.

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  • 3.5 serrated blades out of 5 - problematic episode.

    7.4
    Sorcerer's Apprentice is a frustrating episode. The central mystery is one of the best Profiler has done - it carefully keeps the villain off screen, creates dramatic tension in the right places and pulls off an effective denouement. The characters stay in character and Sam's abilities as a profiler come to the foreground. Had the episode maintained the careful balancing act of Anglos on the Native American reservation, had it carefully maintained the main characters in tension with the guest characters, it could have been a much more successful episode.



    By showing the FBI in conflict with the residents of the reservation, and establishing the tension between Native Americans and the Federal Government, the episode created an interesting area to explore, then quickly and frustratingly dropped it. By establishing a character who was trying to bridge two worlds, the script showed the difficulties facing many Native Americans. Having her disappear was a great dramatic move - it isolated the VCTF within the reservation with only one ally. Had the show dared to follow this path I think it would have been a 5/5 episode.



    In bringing in the Native elder who willingly shared his secrets with Sam, the show was indulging in a Hollywood Cliche. Was it ironic, self aware of what it was doing? Apparently so - the Native elders tells Sam he's old and can do what he darn well pleases. Unfortunately, that wink to irony was brief and then over. Indulging in an Anglo view of Native spirituality, this episode missed a chance to be great.



    In the end, the plot was clever and intelligent, but didn't manage to deliver on its promise.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Grace Alvarez

Pato Hoffmann

Pato Hoffmann

Carl "Two Mules" Smythe

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Stuart Grant

Stuart Grant

Donald Crews

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Tim Sampson

Tim Sampson

Leon Fox

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