For a show that typically relies on self contained episodes, last week’s episode of DEBRIS uncharacteristically ended on a cliffhanger. This week’s installment picks up with the ‘Groundhog’s Day’ fun, with a reset occurring after each contact with the debris of the week (or in this case, debris of the two weeks).
In the prior episode, I liked how subtle changes gradually grew to a string of different partners for Bryan. This episode takes that concept a step farther, Bryan’s partners showing up again in different configurations. While they each had very little screen time, the actors managed to give each enough personality to make an impression.
I’ve made comparisons to X-FILES before, but this episode is the first time I’ve felt there may be something brewing in Bryan and Finola’s relationship beyond being work partners. It’s a credit to the performance of Jonathan Tucker and Riann Steele. Steele in particular puts in her best performance, playing a different version of Finola with subtle differences while staying true to the core of the character.
Special effects wise, this episode stepped up the ‘other dimension shimmer’ from the last episode. It lacked the creep factor of prior special effects, but it did play a more critical role in the plot.
For an episode that resolved a two episode arc with one of the strongest DEBRIS plots yet, this episode moved the relationship between Bryan and Finola forward in fun ways. It will be interesting to see if the universe damage has any lasting effects on the show’s reality. The series is one of my favorite new shows, and I recommend starting at the beginning. But at a minimum, you should watch episode 9 before seeing this one.
DEBRIS airs Mondays on NBC at 10pm Eastern and Pacific.
Check back soon for my thoughts on the eleventh episode of the show, which is titled “Asalah”.
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