REGULAR CAST, GUEST CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
COMMENTARY by Beboman
Crispin Bonham Carter (Preston Bailey)
Ian McNeice (Lord Andrew)
Written by Jurgen Wolff
Directed by Chris Bould
Filmed on location in Canada (Toronto), the UK, and Spain by Fireworks Entertainment Inc. and Gaumont Television.
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Sydney and Nigel are in Seville when a mysterious woman wants a letter from the Duke from Nigel. She escapes, and it turns out Nigel's brother Preston was the one she was after. He lures them to a Lord Andrew's manor with the story of a vial of water brought from the Fountain of Youth. Rival relic hunter Sean James is also there working for the Lord. Andrew has gambling debts, which the woman Mavis was trying to procure. After finding a clue, Sydney sends Sean off on a wild goose chase while she, Nigel, and Bailey go for the vial. Lord Andrew locks them in at gunpoint and Mavis takes the vial from him, and Sydney beats her up and takes the vial. It is empty, however, but Nigel decides to let his desperate brother Preston take the credit. TVTome.com
This commentary is by Beboman.
I have to say that this was a "so and so" episode. I would not say it was totally bad, but it was not one of the best this season. All in all, it was entertaining.
It is interesting to see that even in the confusion between brothers, people that go after Sydney know the weakest link (no pun intended) is Nigel.
So, once again, a tall, blond beautiful woman who wants to hurt him to get information stalks Nigel. In reality, she was after Preston, Nigel's brother.
This episode revisits the sibling rivalry between Nigel and Preston, and once again Sydney is caught between the two of them. If it had been me and I had to chose between these two babbling fools, I would have gone with Nigel, even with all his whining and weakness. He has come through for Sydney many times and because of this, we have learned to trust him. On the other hand, Preston is an unknown and we know from his last appearance, not someone you can totally trust.
I really did not like the idea of Sydney leaving Nigel behind without even thinking about it twice and going off to find a relic with Preston. It just did not feel right. It was as if Nigel was not even an afterthought. That was not fair to Nigel who, as I have said before, has saved the day on more than one occasion. Then, to make matters still worse, Sydney runs across Shawn, another relic hunter who has a past with Sydney. We get the feeling that coming across him is something that doesn't really bother Sydney. We can tell because of that slick smile she has. Shawn represents just as great a challenge for Sydney as finding the relic and we all know how much Sydney likes challenges.
There is another element in this episode, Lord Andrew, a drunk, boorish nobleman, on whose property the relic can be found. The relic in this episode is a vial that contains the water from the Fountain of Youth found by Juan Ponce de Leon.
Lord Andrew needs to find the relic so he can pay off some gambling debts. Here is where we meet Mavis (tall, blonde), the collector of the gambling debt. That is her link to this episode. I think that Mavis should attend a few acting lessons. At least we get to see that some really good butt kicking in the form of one Sydney Fox is the reward for bad acting.
I guess the best part of the show for me was the fight scene between Sydney and Mavis. It was very good. In the end, the vial with the water from the Fountain of Youth was opened by accident during the fight and the water spilled, so one no ended up with it.
In addition to the fight scene, there were also a few other scenes that were good, such as when Nigel finally catches up with Sydney and Preston. Sydney recognizes that she has hurt Nigel and asks for his help. That was a good touch on her part. But then she blows it when they are close to finding the vial and Sydney calls Nigel "Preston", which was not cool.
Then there was the scene in which Sydney tricks Shawn by sending him to London on a wild goose chase. That was good and both Nigel and Preston caught on to what she was trying to do and backed her up.
In general, as I said before, not a bad episode. I could have definitely done without Mavis. Her character had nothing to offer to the show, other than a good fight, not even to provide some good acting. The fight scene could probably have been better accomplished with Sydney and Shawn fighting for the vial. We could have known about Lord Andrew's gambling debts from a few phone calls placed to and from Lord Andrew to whoever he owed the money.
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