Thursday, May 20, 2021

What I’m Watching: Rebel

Rebel: Season 1, Episode 5 “Heart Burned” (B+)

I’m sad to report that this show has been cancelled and will not return for a second season, which is a shame given that it’s great light entertainment and has such a great cast. At least there should be a few episodes left to enjoy before it’s off the air. Grady and Rebel really have made up, and Ziggy wasn’t happy to walk in on them having a great morning rather than trying her proposed solution of therapy. I was just as startled as everyone to see a video of a nude Luke playing guitar, and the character who had previously seemed like an oily opportunist was quite humanized as he dealt with a major revenge porn situation. Cassidy was eager to step in and help, though her reasoning for doing so was mostly to ensure that the more common victims of revenge porn – women – can now be protected based on this precedent. It was interesting to see the dynamic of honesty and respect between Cruz and Benji, and to hear from a passionate Mark Duncan that he isn’t some corporate villain but instead a man who believes strongly in the integrity and helpful nature of his product. It was sweet that Ziggy offered up her college fund when Helen desperately needed to pay off her $143,000 outstanding bill, but the joy of that successful operation was short-lived since Angela had bugged Cruz’s office and stepped in to steal the valve so that it couldn’t be studied. There’s going to be a lot of rage soon from both Rebel and Cruz, especially when they realize that Angela is the one behind it.

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