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 TV.com 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.