Threshold

Season 1 Episode 5

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2005 on CBS
8.3
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After a shipyard gang bust, a suspected fugitive Big Horn crewmember kills a police detective. Molly and Cavennaugh go undercover as Homeland Security agents. Unbeknownst to them, the real Homeland Security department is on the case.

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  • The first slow episode of the bunch but nonetheless Threshold remains an excellent show.

    8.5
    I've been getting more and more absorbed into this show over the past few weeks (starting with the fabulous pilot) so it was a little dissapointing to have the general plot slowing down in this episode. Though not a bad episode, I felt like they could've done a lot more with it. Carla Gugino was great as always but I doubt it isn't fysically possible for a character to bore me more than Cavenaugh does. He's just not interesting, why do they keep using him so much? So although the plot definitely was toned down a bit and there weren't any real break-throughs or new developments, they still delivered a solid and enjoyable episode. I'm looking forward to see what happens next. Though I have to say that this show sadly pales in comparison to what Fringe will grow out to be. I watched the pilot a couple of days ago and I must say I was very, very impressed with it.moreless
  • great episode

    10
    Molly and Cavanaugh disguises as DHS agents in order to investigate a case of an illegal immigrant stealing microchips. This illegal immigrant isn't so ordinary, it turns out that he possesses powers induced by the alien signal. Unknown to the Threshold team, the real Homeland Security is investigating the same case and gets in way of their work. This is a nicely done episode, it's really exciting to watch. The cloak and dagger thing looks cool for this kind of show, it's this kind of show that makes make believe plotlines look so cool. I really enjoyed this episode, I'm surely waiting for the next episode.moreless
  • Good but expected

    6.8
    I think this episode shows that how the Threshold Red Code team think that they are above the law.

    Instead of the detective being charged, the Threshold team should be in more trouble for intefering in a police investigation and that that they may had passed along some information and conspiracy to pose as Homeland Security agents.

    Goes to show you that the federal government can do as they please.

    Molly came off as better than though in the beginning as well as of course, Cavennaugh.

    But then they allowed the detective to know the real secret.moreless
  • There was nothing overly original or new in this episode, but it was above average nonetheless.

    7.5
    The latest episode of Threshold brings us the discovery of another Big Horn crew member and another hunt for him before he infects people. There was nothing overly original or new in this episode, but it was above average nonetheless.

    The plot seemed to go back and forth one too many times, and the 'capture the two other guys' sub plot was not really needed. That being said, it was still a good episode and provided the usual excellent production values and character interactions that we've come to expect from the series.

    It seemed like nothing earth shattering or big happened (except in the very end I suppose), but I guess you can't have huge news in EVERY episode. If this is what a regular episode of the series is like, then it's not too bad at all. I guess I was just expecting something huge like the first few episodes.

    Overall, the episode was pretty good and I'm looking forward to seeing more of this excellent series.moreless
  • A good example of how humans can cause bigger problems than the aliens.

    8.1
    This was a much better episode than I expected, thanks in no small part to the way it actually seems realistic. That the Threshold team was going to run into another government agency was inevitable but the way it was handled was unique.



    I enjoyed Molly\'s reaction when the Homeland Security chief turned her down. You can tell she was so completely sure (as were we) that the Chief woud fall over backwards to give up the suspect once he knew of the threat. Molly\'s expression was great when he turned her down.



    The thing is, I truly believe it. I can actually buy that HSC would be more concerned over the possibility of a terrorist attack than the very real alien threat. The agent did raise a good point in how more people died on 9/11 than the aliens have killed so far.



    I think this can be a good point to play with during the series, that Molly is thrown to discover some in the government aren\'t as worried about the aliens as they should be (which, sadly, is something you can truly imagine the government doing in real life). That has some nice tense potential for the show.



    I liked the cop they worked with and how well she did with the unit. I got the feeling there was a LOT more to her and Baylock (father/daughter perhaps?) and I hope she comes back. And yes, I truly did think Molly was letting her in on the truth and finding out she thought it was terrorists was a nice touch. Also nice was Fenway\'s calling Molly on it.



    The changes in Lucas are intriguing and seem to set up a bigger plot for him. Cavenaugh\'s plot wasn\'t as big as I would have hoped but may turn bigger soon.



    So a nice new twist in the team\'s mission which promises more tension as the series goes. Sadly, it\'s not beyond the realm of reason that if the aliens win, it\'ll because the government couldn\'t recognize it.moreless
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