Monday, May 4, 2020

Prodigal Son - Like Father...

The season finale of Prodigal Son opens with Malcolm (Tom Payne) framed for murder and Martin (Michael Sheen) transferred to general population in Rikers with a price on his head. Malcolm continues his own investigation, first through a bit of chicanery and later through the help of the police, which leads him face-to-face with the ghost from his past (Anna Eilinsfeld) but without a way to clear his name. Despite the advice from his father, Malcolm can't bring himself to kill Nicholas Endicott (Dermot Mulroney) even after he has Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips) is stabbed by one of his minions. However, the other of the Whitly children turns out to take more after her father.

While there will likely be plenty of fallout for the show to deal with when Prodigal Son returns for its Second Season, "Like Father..." answers the lingering questions of the show's First Season by identifying the girl in the box and finally offering Malcolm some closure. Will this be the first step to Malcolm getting over his nightmares and improving? Or will his sister's actions offer a new kind of torment for the Surgeon's son? Endicott's bloody end leaves questions about the case against Malcolm and leaves Martin in a sort of limbo. Will he be returned to his cushier digs? Or will the Surgeon need to continue navigating the harsher world of Rikers prison (which he is starting to get a knack for)? As for Ainsley (Halston Sage), what are both the short and long-term ramifications for actions? After several clues over the course of the season suggesting she was the more morally ambiguous of the two children, will this be her only foray into her father's profession... or just a first step?

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