There Is No End takes us into the final episode of Intruders, and back to Queens, New York, 23rd July 1931, the time of Bix Beiderbecke when he was at the height of his fame and talent, playing for all he’s worth. He’s with Rose, and she knows they can be together again when, two weeks later, he kicks the bucket.
Back to the present day and Jack’s staring at Gary’s lifeless body, the man who fell backwards in the last episode, and seems to have perfectly calculated his trajectory so he doesn’t twist or turn in the air at all, landing perfectly on his back and splattering his brains all out the back of his head and onto the pavement.
Then inside the building, wouldn’tcha know it but Jack finds a door to a hidden passage! Woooh! Down the end is a locked door, but rather than a typical cop kicking it down, he actually bothers to find the key and open it properly, quite out of character with his usual maverick self.
It transpired that Marcus was killed by being put behind a wall and it was sealed up. With Madison still in the building and following in his direction, she comes to the wall while he ends up in a library full of books which all are linked to the Reverti and show that it includes such luminaries as Nikola Tesla and Ronald Reagan(!) Also, there’s a drawer full of triggers which he begins to destroy, but his attention is drawn when, nearby, he hears Madison chipping at the wall which held her prisoner.
As she explains why she’s Marcus Fox, and the connection being Rose and how she should be bumped off, Jack’s having a hard time grasping this, but he attempts to join in and “Berlin Wall” it down anyway. Elsewhere, he sees Cranfield’s body being bound, ready for burial, all the work of the Reverti, unaware initially that they have company…
Jack then sets first to the library which explodes into flames ridiculously quickly, some books combusting before they’ve even had a sniff of a flame! This is a good ruse as it forces all the returning nutjobs out of the building, but it also leads to a showdown between Jack, Amy, Madison and Richard… well, a brief one as they all soon disperse, chasing each other through the burning smoke.
Meanwhile, Gary’s body STILL lies on the pavement with the cops not bothering to cover it up whatsoever!
Outside, Madison and Jack duck out of the way of a few pot-shots from Richard, who’s with Amy, but somehow Madison cops for one, despite seemingly being in the clear, which causes her to be dead… and that’s where we see the real Madison meets Marcus Fox in the afterlife… huh? Never mind, because in a neat moment, the youngster survives and shakes Marcus off.
Then, waking up in hospital some time after, Jack confirms to Blanchard that Fox’s body was underground in the burning building, but the cop confirms that there certainly won’t be anything left of him now, and queries all the Qui Reverti business which was taped to Gary’s chest, but that plot point is thrown away by saying he was insane.
And just when Jack thinks it’s all over… a potential for season two is proferred as a young boy in the hospital whispers in Spanish, “I’ll take my revenge from the other side”, and makes an obscene finger gesture to get across that he’s one of the baddies Jack blew away some time ago, and keeps popping up in this series.
Back home, Jack calls Gary’s answerphone, leaving a rambling, obscure message about how Gary was a good person and that “maybe we’ll meet again”, as if he believes what’s about to happen.
By the end of There Is No End, Richard makes himself at home in Jack’s house. He said, previously, that if he meets Jack a third time, it means someone’s asked him to kill him. However, here, he explains that Jack, himself, can effectively come back and passes him a conspicuous-looking box, concluding “In the end… there is no end.”
Inside is a series of “9” cards, with the first one being named “Jack Shepherd”, making him one of the shepherds in the Reverti… and then it ends, with Bix Beiderbecke/Peter Nui never showing up in this episode, so he’s currently “at large”, and the whole thing left sort-of opening up for a second series, but this is one show which I doubt is getting a second breath of life…
Intruders didn’t go out with a bang, but more like a whimper, and it certainly felt like they were throwing a lot of crap at the wall to see what might coherently stick. This rubbish won’t do much for John Simm‘s Stateside career, but they’ve definitely found a new star in Millie Brown.
Director: Daniel Stamm
Producers: John Martini, Angie Stephenson and Amy Hodge
Screenplay: Glen Morgan and Kristen Cloke (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
Allison O’Donnell: Sonya Salomaa
Detective Ron Blanchard: Daryl Shuttleworth
Todd Crane: Andrew Airlie
Bix Beiderbecke: Richard Harmon
Evan Shepherd: Alessandro Juliani
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