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Season 2 Episode 1

Lady in the Lake

5
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 2011 on CTV
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Episode Fan Reviews (3)

8.8
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  • Stunning Changes

    8.5
    A lot have changed since the almost 2 years since the finale of season 1, Charlie is dead I'm going to miss her. Toby swore to do no more police work after Charlie death but is helping the mounties special unit solve a case about a company doing horrible things. Toby tries to protect a whistle blower that now has temporary memory lost and that her boss is trying to kill her. Toby is not dating Olivia anymore either, wow what a shocker, right. Well anyway like I said in the beginning I think their better off friends seriously, I hope they both find someone for the sake of the show. Because, this back and forth stuff isn't cutting it. Overall great start, oh yea P.S. I really hope Toby quits the EMS it was good in the beginning but now he chose a different path to help people on a different scale and being in EMS will create conflicts I'm surprise he can do all that and still be in EMS. It's time for some realism here, EMS is very time demanding job unless their isn't much injuries or deaths in Canada which I doubt. Changes will have to be made here.
  • Season 2??!!

    5.5
    I thought his had died a slow and painful death so I had to watch the delayed season 2 premiere when I saw it advertised on CTV. I am impressed that CTV went ahead with an original program despite NBC dropping it, proving unequivocally that the US market is just one of many.

    Having said that, I was not completely impressed by the opener, and here's why:

    The show has somewhat tried to reinvent itself, but in so doing, it has taken Toby's role even further from the realm of possibility IMHO. The guy is still, supposedly, an EMS tech. And more than ever he's running around assuming roles in criminal cases that would really get someone burned. Big time. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far, at least where the premise of the show is based in this kind of reality. They can't have it both ways.

    I did like that the new cop of the joint police investigative unit is a tough you know, and not just a pretty-face-destined-to-be-the-new-love-interest. She has potential.

    And I did like that "Oz" is being portrayed more as a normal human being and less like a total buffoon.

    However, as in the season one run, I am mysteriously compelled to continue watching, because I think the potential is really there both on a storyline and character level. I just hope they ground this one fast. I'd like to see another Flashpoint or Murdoch Mysteries (this one is from Shaftesbury too) for Canadian TV. We do good stuff!
  • Toby's sworn off the police work after Charlie, but he hasn't sworn off using his gift.

    8.5
    I liked this episode. It was great to see a show with so much potential back on TV - at least on Canadian TV. We notice right away that Toby is different. His hair is shorter and he's riding a motorcycle and wearing black leather. That gives the impression that he's perhaps more grown up, and maybe a little bit less optimistic. But by the end of the first scene, we see that the optimism and the desire to help is still there with his donating all of his somewhat ill-gotten gains to a charity and promising to teach a kid (that he clearly didn't know before that day) to play chess. That is something I find interesting about the character, he does have altruistic motives but he's a great straight-to-your-face liar who in some sense is a thief of thoughts. And yet, he's still the hero and obviously suffers as well as benefits from his gift. As the story unfolds, we see Toby being drawn back into a world that he'd sworn off - getting involved. Interestingly, Olivia eggs it on, while Oz is more the protective friend. By the end of this episode, I'm not sure how I feel about Toby's involvement with the IIB. But, I like the Michelle McClusky character, and am really curious as to how they are going to develop Toby (and Oz's) relationship with this agency. I do hope, though, that she isn't destined to be love interest for Toby. Over all, a good episode. They didn't try to do too much, and concentrated on solving the case, leaving the IIB guessing as to what was going on with Toby. Left me looking forward to the next episode.
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