Shark

Season 1 Episode 12

Wayne's World

1
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 2007 on CBS
9.2
out of 10
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Sebastian's new case seems to be the easiest one he could get. He's prosecuting a suspected serial killer accused of murdering five women and seriously injuring a sixth who was lucky enough to escape from his house. But the victim is reluctant to testify when she learns that the killer will be interrogating her.moreless

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  • We're not worthy... we're not worthy!

    9.0
    The episode where we meet the main arch-nemesis for Stark in the first season - step up Wayne Callison. A brutal sadistic character who has some similarities to our semi-anti hero Seb Stark.



    The crime at the root of this particular episode is quite harrowing, esp. for the victim who escapes death and has to give testimony to put the brutal killer away. As you might expect, the focus of the story is about introducing Campbells character and placing him in the context of the series of serious crimes he has undertaken.



    The lack of urgency created from having captured him doesnt detract from the show as the main series of conflict stem around Shark and Callison dueling within the courtroom. This is ably set in motion by having the defendent represent himself. A setup for something to happen in a later episode.



    There are loads of great scenes between the two actors, but perhaps the best one and comparbly the best across the season is the one where in a meeting room Callison goads Stark by threatening his daughter. Its no surprise that Callison becomes Starks number one enemy for the rest of the season by becoming the only defendent to walk, causing a indeterminable amount of stress for Stark as his daughter's safety is threatened.



    Top notch episode, more about courtroom drama and Stark vs the big evil baddie. Zero political shenanigans as well make this one of my favourite episode.moreless
  • great delivery by the actors 100% real

    9.5
    one of the greates episode i have seen in a long time for these types of series. here we see how bad and diabolic is the mind of the criminal and how smart can they be. shark has to go all out when he encounter the assasin is representing him self on the trail and has copied the shark style and has learn how he thinks. also we see how dificult is for the victimis to confront their asailant and how scar the mind of the victim is when they confronted with the terror they had past while the were abducted.moreless
  • Even Perry Mason lost a case, didn't he?

    9.3
    Stark's most unnerving case to date turns out to be the first case he loses as a prosecutor. I liked how this was written on a higher plane than it might have been when Wayne Carlson insinuated himself into Stark's house. Very easily this could have degraded into a Julie-in-jeopardy plotline. Instead, there was an uneventful arrest and the beginning of the matching of wits between Stark and Carlson.



    I also liked how they dealt, albeit briefly, with Martin's death. Everyone got a chance to express their grief -- even Stark who only knew him a short time. And then Stark proposed they win this one for Martin. Oops.



    On three different occasions, Stark outmaneuvered Carlson because of his superior knowledge of the law: (1) Knowing CA law on mineral rights allowed him to legally search beneath brother Tommy's new concrete patio and discover the five bodies. (2) When Wayne harassed the witness/victim Janet Butler, it allowed Stark to search his cell's contents, including her journal and his PC. (3) When Wayne demanded to be allowed to tell the jury the reason for his facial scratches, it allowed Stark to play the chilling recording of his veiled threats toward Julie.



    I wasn't bothered so much by the defense verdict as by some of what can only be counted as rookie mistakes on Stark's part: (1) Instead of going to the expense and encountering the delay of digging up the bodies, why not present a photo array to the live witness? That would surely have produced an arrest warrant. (2) They never found the crime scene. Might it have been Tommy's house, which was never searched? (3) Why charge Wayne with all five murders and the abduction/attempted murder/rape of Janet? Trying him for only the latter crime would have avoided the possibility of double jeopardy on the murders; and would have allowed more preparation time to build those cold cases. (4) Wayne was facing charges of witness harassment and there was no injunction forbidding him from telephoning Janet Butler? (5) Knowing her fragile mental state and the importance her testimony meant, nobody thought to babysit her over the weekend?



    If Stark must lose, at least it was to an interesting monster. Some of the best storylines in recent years have revolved around the pursuit of "the one that got away": Epps on "Bones", Ari on "NCIS", the Miniature Diorama Killer on "CSI, and Nicole Wallace on "Law and Order:CI". I'll be surprised if this is the last we see of Tommy and Wayne Carlson.moreless
  • A very interesting case, that we haven't seen the last of.

    9.5
    This was a very good episode. Although I wasn't happy that the guy got off, it was still really good. One of my favorite quotes from the episode was when Madeleine told the guy to go to hell. When the suspect showed up at Stark's house and was talking to his daughter I wanted to smack him across the face. At the end of the episode when Stark was seeing the suspect, I knew we haven't seen the last of this guy. He is so creepy. I am extremely excited for the next new episode of Shark. Prosecuters are awesome!moreless
  • A slightly different side of Shark and a tilted déjà vu take on a Ted Bundy-like serial killer (ironically played by Billy Campbell, who played Bundy in the TV Movie “the Stranger beside Me”).moreless

    9.3
    One of the different slants on the old story is that the good looking serial killer that defends himself in court (sound familiar?) actually wins. It strains credulity to think that the jury, upon hearing the tape recording of the creepy, thinly disguised threats to Shark’s daughter, wouldn’t convict this guy -- particularly in the context of the suicide of a victim that had at least testified in part. I realize that the judge would have instructed the jury to disregard her testimony in light of the technicality that the defendant (Campbell) didn’t get to finish his cross examination, but the jury would still know of it. And the fact of the 5 bodies buried in his brother’s backyard… I mean, come on.



    Regardless of the challenge to my ‘suspension of disbelief’, because of the aforementioned verdict, I still have a fascination with Shark and the way James Woods portrays him, particularly the scene where he attacks the defendant for his veiled threats against his daughter. At no time did I think that he had staged that. No wink to the camera or his staff, a perfectly executed ruse that pleasantly surprised me when revealed. This is probably one of the reasons I like the show. Though I’ve been a fan of Woods for decades, this role is ideal for him and I honestly can’t imagine another actor playing it. The combination of arrogance, confidence, intuition and tenacity fits him like a glove and he provides an exacting integrity to the interpretation.



    There were also several moments that were very suspenseful. One scene of Carlson (Campbell) at Shark’s house talking to Shark’s daughter could’ve easily gone down the road of police action flick, but the show resisted that temptation and kept the episode on an intellectual level that is part of the appeal for many of us that watch.



    This is a fine episode, if you can look over a few details, and continues the consistent quality that the show has established in its first season.moreless
Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Wayne Carlson

Guest Star

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Janet Butler

Guest Star

Scott Michael Campbell

Scott Michael Campbell

Tommy Carlson

Guest Star

Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons

Isaac Wright

Recurring Role

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Mayor Manuel Delgado

Recurring Role

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

Judge Jane Briar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Stark: Why did your father apologize to you?
      Janet Butler: When I was a little girl, he used to come into my room at night.
      Stark: So your father sexually abused you?
      Janet Butler : Yes.
      Stark: Wayne Callison used this painful, horrible memory to torture and degrade you?
      Janet Butler: He said I was a dirty little girl and he was going to punish me for what I am, for what I did.

    • Raina: He's trying to pin this on his brother.
      Stark: Thanks for the update.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title

      Wayne's World was one of the most popular recurring sketches to come from the NBC television series, "Saturday Night Live". It actually evolved from a segment titled "Wayne's Power Minute" on the CBC Television series "It's Only Rock and Roll" as the main character first appeared in that show.

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