The war Scales said about several episodes back finally occurs in this episode! Peter Fleming makes a deal with Scales: Fleming keeps the business sector under his control, and Scales keeps the area outside of that under his control. And that is terrible!
Well, this episode had quite a bit going on. Tripp and Dana end up in the crossfire of a gang war, and are not injured, thankfully. She confronts a cop on how corrupt and incompetent they are to be unable to handle gang wars. In return, she is told to "be careful." That callous cop deserves to be punched in the face and much more. This show clearly demonstrates why the police department should not (No, never) be privatized. The irony is that the police department was privatized to make it more effective and it has only become worse in many ways. The fact that these cops are giving "Whatever" responses to a woman and her child being caught in the crossfire of gang wars and the fact that the corporate CEO (Who explicitly states that he cares only about business, not the city, laws or justice) cuts a deal with the gangs causing the wars to leave the business sector alone shows that these cops are nothing more than slimy, revolting, conscienceless thugs carrying badges. May a scenario like this never occur in real life.
The Carnival of Crime is clearly experiencing tension to the point of exploding. Rollo gave quite the passionate speech to Vince about how he needs to become the Cape and do something about the gangs out there (Aw, I did not know Rollo cared!). Max is clearly trying to help Vince and remain a criminal at the same time. That hypnotist simply wants the Carnival to pack up and move somewhere else. The female member of the Carnival seems to be very neutral in all of this. It will be interesting to see what direction the Carnival of Crime goes in.
The fact that Vince went undercover as this explosives expert named Razer (Which has nothing to do with shaving, by the way) was quite impressive. He changed his appearance a little bit, and spoke a little differently and showed that he is capable of disguising himself when he puts his mind to it. This may explain why he does not seem to disguise himself well when he dresses up as the Cape: because he is not putting his mind into it. It was too bad his disguise fell apart the way it did. Then again, it just shows that he does not know everything. It was cool how he messed up the gang's operations, made sure a burning substance was put in that creepy Poker-face's eyes, and got video evidence that Fleming is cutting deals with Scales.
The scenes with Peter Fleming and his doctor need to be discussed. This episode practically confirms that Peter Fleming has Disassociative Identity Disorder (Also known as Split Personality Disorder, etc.). I honestly thought his doctor was a one-shot character, but he clearly is not. This doctor has known Fleming since he was a boy and is clearly trying to help him. The doctor obviously knows most (if not all) of the secrets of Peter Fleming/Chess (The sort of secrets that would cause embarrassment, outrage, discomfort, horror and other feelings if they were revealed or made public). They seem to have a father-son relationship and are not just doctor and patient. That scene where the doctor talks to "Chess" was quite unnerving. Even though "Chess" seems to have been dealt with and is not going to keep popping out at bad moments again, something inside tells me that Peter Fleming's situation with "Chess" is not over. Fleming seems to trust his doctor, and it can be assumed that he would not take it well if he finds out his doctor was not being completely honest with him.
There are two points that need to be brought here. The first point is this: has anyone noticed that Disassociative Identity Disorder seems to correspond to people living a double life? In comic books, characters tend to live as if they have two identities in one body and this is treated like it is normal. However, Fleming/Chess has two identities in one body, and it is treated as a mental health problem. This is something that nobody seems to notice. The second point is this: Peter Fleming is most certainly a bad guy, but there have been a few points in the show that indicate some redeeming qualities to the character. For example, he keeps a music box of a ballerina which reminds him of his daughter and he is looking for her. In fact, one must wonder how much he loves her. Also, he goes to the doctor to try to deal with his mental problems and seems to trust the doctor more than anybody. Does this mean that redemption is possible for him, or does this mean that he is a complete monster who is now more frightening than ever (Due to being protrayed more like someone who could exist in real life)? Anybody who reads this review should think about these two points.
Something is very wrong with Orwell. The fact that Vince got great stuff for her blog and she is not even happy about it clearly communicates that, among other things. She is falling apart and it is not entirely clear why this is happening. It could be trauma from her experiences with the Lich, or it could be more than that. The white room she was in certainly raises a lot of questions. Where is this room? What does it mean? Why is she there? If only she would trust Vince more and open up to him about her secrets. If only she was not so secretive. Is she afraid Vince would think less of her if he knew she was Peter Fleming's daughter? She just cannot seem to spit it out. Vince needs her and her help, and he cannot do what he is doing without her and her talents with computers and other stuff. Vince and Orwell really need to have a heart-to-heart talk sooner or later.
This is such an exciting episode. I hope this show gets one more episode at least! I think this show is fun, whatever it's flaws.