The Crossing Place takes us into the penultimate episode of Intruders, and clearly the BBC have lost interest in this show by junking it to the weekend graveyard on BBC2, but I’m prepared to see it through to the bitter end…
Much like Jack, who had a shock revelation when he found out what Rose/Amy had done with their baby, and he wants answers… so he tries to get them out of a vicar, as to whether we can be reincarnated. However, he’s shouting like a demented loon, and storms off before the religious man can barely get a word in edgeways, which just tells us that Jack’s lost the plot… but we knew that already.
He then goes back to Amy’s hotel room, causing a ruckus before he’s been asked to leave by the security guards, but oddly, when he’s banging on the door, it’s practically bending like it’s been imported from the set of Prisoner Cell Block H! That ain’t real wood! Turned away, Jack goes kicks open the door to Todd Crane’s apartment and extracts answers from him with the help of a big dollop of extreme violence, Crane eventually giving up the information that Cranfield’s going to be offed later that evening.
Meanwhile, Madison tracks down his daughter, Meadow, pretending to be all sweetness and light, as if it’s her first day at school, but with the hidden agenda of kidnapping the girl. Poor Meadow? Well, it was a daft name anyway.
Later, Jack wakes up in jail with a demented prisoner in the same room, whose gibbering is making some sort of sense, claiming he’s talking to to his son, and he even knows the names of both Amy and Rose. Confused? This is all going a bit “weird for the sake of weird”. Once out of incarceration, he tries to explain things to the Detective Blanchard, the man who knows what’s going on yet obviously isn’t revealing what *he* knows, although he plays a video and Marcus Fox is shown on tape, admitting to murders dating back to 1791, during the time of Mozart. Of course, to any police at the time, he’ll just come across as a raving madman.
Elsewhere, Amy/Rose is helping Bix/Peter Nui adjust to his new life, although he isn’t particularly happy about being brought back from the dead.
Then Crane’s day gets even worse when he undergoes more violence, this time at the hands of Richard, who wants him to drop the charges against Jack so that the Reverti don’t attract any undue attention. And Shepherd Jr, who Jack also identifies from a series of sketches, is tasked with tracking down and killing Marcus Fox (aka Madison), yet any viewer can see from a mile off that she’s easily going to get the better of him.
In addition, it all gets to Gary and he jumps off the infamous Burnell Lytton building, explaining the method in his madness that with wife Donna dead, and daughter Emily having been turned to the Reverti, the only way he can fight for the latter is to do so from the other side. Jack screams for him as he falls, yet John Simm did exactly the same thing to ‘get back to the other side’ in Life on Mars, back in 2007, so he should know what it’s all about…
By the end, it really just isn’t Todd’s day, as he gets a third dose of the old ultra violence, this time from Madison, as he gets Meadow away from her, but for his trouble he takes a knife slash to the thigh.
Overall, this was a fairly lame episode, and I can see why viewers are leaving it. It’s mostly a case of just throwing a lot of mud at the wall and seeing what sticks, and then trying to write a narrative around that. With just one episode left, will they bring everything to a head or just leave it open with a view to a sequel season which, in my view, just isn’t going to happen…
Intruders concludes on Saturday on BBC2 at 11.00pm.
Director: Daniel Stamm
Producers: John Martini, Angie Stephenson and Amy Hodge
Screenplay: Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan (based on the book “The Intruders” by Michael Marshall Smith)
Creator: Glen Morgan
Music: Bear McCreary
Madison O’Donnell: Millie Brown
Jack Whelan: John Simm
Amy Whelan: Mira Sorvino
Richard Shepherd: James Frain
Gary Fischer: Tory Kittles
Peter Nui: Trieu Tran
Allison O’Donnell: Sonya Salomaa
Detective Ron Blanchard: Daryl Shuttleworth
Bellman Thomas: Mig Macario
Jim Shepherd: Giovanni Mocibob
Paige Crane: Shanae Tomasevich
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