Thursday, May 30, 2019

Blood & Treasure - Code of the Hawaladar

As Farouk (Oded Fehr) searches for Cleopatra's tomb, Danny (Matt Barr) and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) continue searching for Farouk. Believing tracing the money Shaw (Michael James Shaw) was to be paid to be their best lead, Danny takes the arms dealer's place. Sadly, things don't go according to plan when Danny is recognized as a former agent of the FBI. Thankfully, Danny has better bargaining methods than the local police in getting the information they need as the series continues to showcase him as the white knight compared to Lexi's more gray leanings. The episode also builds in a little more time for Father Chuck (Mark Gagliardi) who is able to offer separate assistance to both Lexi and Danny and also sees another casualty when Asim (Patrick Sabongui) is killed on the raid of Farouk's safe house.

The third episode of the series downplays both cryptic threat of Cleopatra's tomb and the existence of the secret cult and thier conspiracy to keep others away from her (with the exception of one flashback to WWII) while focusing more on the current search. This turns out to be a good thing as neither was all that strong in the two-hour premiere. The death of Asim brings Danny and Lexi a little closer in the search, while also eliminating him as the possible mole feeding Farouk information. Other than step in to save Danny's ass when the sting goes bad, there isn't much for Gwen (Katia Winter) to do here. She's even left out of the big safe house firefight. And other than offer a bit of comedic relief, Shaw also draws the short straw (although he does manage to free himself from custody).

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