Friday, November 5, 2021

The Lost Symbol - Noögenesis

"Noögenesis" fills in the events of Zachary Solomon's transformation into Mal'akh (Beau Knapp), without actually explaining much of anything on how he died but survived in prison and was reborn. There's really nothing to be gained from the episode other than than to prolong the larger mystery another week. Mark Gibbon guest-stars as the cryptic mentor Zachary found in prison who taught him impossible healing techniques based on humming and heavy breathing. Yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds.

In the extended flashbacks, we also see how close Robert (Ashley Zukerman) came to proposing to Katharine (Valorie Curry) until their relationship started to unravel leading the pair to go their separate ways. The only events which take place outside of the flashbacks are the capture of Mal'akh by the Freemasons, who still want the artifacts, and his conversation with Sato (Sumalee Montano) which works as a lens for the flashbacks nobody asked for to be explored in depth. Despite his apparent willingness to share his story and hand over the artifacts, Mal'akh has other plans than to remain the prisoner of the Freemasons which lead to the death of another supporting character.

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