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Season 1 Episode 11

The Wrath of Khan

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 04, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stark goes after a millionaire arms broker who is supplying explosives to L.A. gangs that have caused three car bombings and nine fatalities over the past five months. Making things more difficult is the FBI, which wants to take over the case, but Stark won't allow it because Casey has been kidnapped and may be killed if the arms broker escapes the country.moreless

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  • "Shark" doesn't need "shoot 'em up" rallies.

    Stark tangles with the FBI, corrupt cops and an international arms dealer in an episode that would be great - if it weren't an episode of "Shark." As it is, it's jarringly out of place with no courtroom scenes, ramped up action and a plot that seems like a reject from "24."

    The show opens strong before dissolving into flashback (we know the stakes are high and a character's life is in jeopardy). But we're taken back to the tail end of a lengthy (?) D.A. investigation into an arms dealer that butts into an FBI case. Woods has some good scenes with the territorial FBI agent, but beyond that he takes a backseat to the "real-time" tension of the show. I guess the producers wanted to inject some action into the series, so in this episode, we have a number of SWAT raids, a standoff at an airport, a bombing and the death of a series regular. It's ludicrous rather than exciting - the sight of Stark's deptuty D.A.s caught in a gun battle is so out of place it's almost funny. And Stark's tarmac standoff with the arms kingpin is odd as well - not to mention the fact that the suspect's hazy status as an FBI informant/criminal is never really clarified. Instead, we spend most of the episode being tossed red herrings (He's the traitor! No, he is!) before the producers just wrap everything up in a hail of bullets. I expect more from "Shark," particularly on the heels of some episodes with some careful plotting and story mechanics.

    And I won't spoil the death (even though does), suffice it to say it's an assistant D.A. But, like most procedural shows with a large cast, the character never really had a chance to form an identity, so the death is empty. Basically, the show loses a character to deliver chunks of exposition. RIP, because we hardly knew ye.moreless
  • Shooting, Sebastian off his meds... And a not that strange surprise in the end

    I just watched this ep and I have to say, it was nice, kind of exciting, crazy, the full packet. The Khan storyline was interesting, I was wondering when Stark would try to nail a really high profile. He was great, as usual, especially when he tried to make a deal with Khan, putting himself in the middle of a possible shooting .. Raina and Madeleine were fine, considering this ep wasn't about them. Jess had few screentime, as usual, a totally waste of her potential. Casey didn't even looked scary with the situation, not a good choice to hostage. Martin started this ep like he started all the others: no shine, nothing to say or to do. Suddenly he's totally involved because of the witness' daughter, and became a hero in aprox 2 minutes.. Then, after left his two cents to the ep, bang! He's gone. I love surprises, but that was hard.. It seems that the team is closed now.

    Well, I liked the ep, very much. But please, don't kill or fire anybody else, or Jess will have to hire some new DDAs just to make the show reach the season finale...moreless
  • Lots of drama and action -- but not in the courtroom.

    This was the first episode of "Stark" in which the courtroom was not the focus of the drama. It's also the first one where Julie is missing -- not missed. Maybe she's over at the CW where she belongs. Hope she returns with her attitude adjusted. There were a lot of twists in this episode. We were lead to distrust Emilio the informant, then Ray the undercover cop, until finally it was learned that partner UC cop Willie Tarver was the real bad guy. But nothing compared to Evil Khan, who it turned out was not importing and selling C-4, but licensing its manufacture. Bad enough that meth labs abound; wait til C-4 labs get popular. Martin's passing in the finale was a shock, but aren't all TV deaths unexpected? Actually not a bad plot supplement. And as one blogger posited, might he not come back like Alex Cabot? Did anybody actually see the body? The irony of his death was that Elena wasn't really in much danger, other than the possibility of a stray bullet. With all the S.W.A.T. snipers trained on Willie, he never should have gotten off a shot, let alone hit two targets. I won't be surprised if a later episode reveals that Martin was killed by friendly fire. The other thing I don't get is why Stark thought he had a satisfying outcome. All he did was make the Feds' case stronger. Ultimately, they probably would still opt for the bigger picture and leverage Khan into giving up his terrorist contacts. That is the FBI's mandate after all. (Now that I think of it, wouldn't explosives come under the jurisdiction of ATF?) The episode was a nice change of pace, but the unrealistic shooting scene and non-win over Khan leave this as less than the best this series has offered so far.moreless
  • One character sadly has to die!

    Cops verses the feds again. As Shark comes up outwitting

    And outsmarting the arrogant feds. As all the feds want

    To do is take credit and glory over the case but

    The cops won't allow them to do that. Too bad one

    Of the characters has to do as they will be missed. Well, at least by me of course.
  • Everything goes topsy-turvy when Casey is kidnapped during a C-4 dealing problem and during a shootout the prosecutors lose one of their own.

    I was stuck to the TV during this episode. I love Stark\'s quotes and I may use some. I did not see the ending coming at all and I was in tears by the time the screen went black. I love seeing the team all together like they were and not afraid to share their tears and comfort eachother when need be. Casey did great when I saw him kidnapped. How he dealt with the little girl\'s fear and with the undercover agent-gone-bad. I was glad to see Madeline comforting Raena at the end. I always like it when the women on the show are friends and she let her cry on her shoulder while she was crying too. Just seeing Stark and his team all together at the end will make this an episode I will never forget.moreless
Rick Fitts

Rick Fitts

Judge Walker

Guest Star

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Deputy Police Chief Hunter

Guest Star

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Cade Berlinger

Guest Star

Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons

Isaac Wright

Recurring Role

Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter

Lewis Slocombe

Recurring Role

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