Thursday, October 15, 2020

Carmen Sandiego - The Day of the Dead Caper

Carmen's (Gina Rodriguez) search for mother is put on pause when she runs across a promising young thief named Sonia (Jeannie Tirado) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead who has caught the eye of a V.I.L.E. recruiter (Sylvia Villagran). Although Sonia is at first uninterested in traveling to any sort of school, both Carmen's abilities and her attempts to convince Sonia not to enlist have the opposite effect she intended. The Carmen/Sonia dynamic is fun for an episode, and Sonia is one character who I wouldn't mind seeing more of in the future. Eventually Sonia proves to be as much like Carmen as she hoped, both helping Carmen escape V.I.L.E. capture and choose a path of her own inspired by the woman in the red coat and fedora.

The episode is also notable for V.I.L.E.'s bizarre Halloween celebrations which include one hell of a creepy clown costume and bobbing for haggis. Elsewhere, Julie Argent (Charlet Takahashi Chung), no longer interested in the hunt for Carmen Sandiego (although she still believes there's far more to the story than A.C.M.E. is interested in) decides to tender her resignation in favor of a more normal life. The promise of Argent, at least to this point, still feels unfulfilled, and it's sad to see her exit stage right in a subplot that is completely disconnected from the main story.

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