National Treasure: Season 1, Episode 3 (B+)
I’m relieved to see that Dee’s vehicular incident wasn’t in fact a fatal one, though she’s still going through a lot. It seems that it has actually opened up a dialogue with her father for him to talk about what he may have done and for us to see back into the past for more damning evidence against him. Marie’s visit to the set to find Paul didn’t recommend his character all that much, but there was nothing more memorable in this hour than the death stare that Dee gave her mother when her father came to hug her after her overdose. Evidently, things have changed after so many years when, as an adult, she wants to move back home, but it’s just as obvious that she has always preferred her father, something that surely doesn’t sit well with her mother. Paul describing his father’s abuse of him and how it would paint him in a bad light didn’t do anything to help his case, and the casual nature of his recounting was disturbing. Offering to go to the police to tell them that he remembers something was an empty gesture both because the police were no longer the ones in charge and because all Marie wanted to know was whether he actually remembered doing it or if he was just saying it to be perceived more favorably. I can’t imagine we’ll get too much resolution in the one remaining episode, but this has undoubtedly been one of the more moving and involving shows that I’ve seen recently even with just a few episodes.