The Rook: Season 1, Episode 2 “Chapter 2” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Linda (Joely Richardson) sitting in her office.
Linda (Joely Richardson)
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As it becomes the left-hand doesn’t know what the right one is doing, we dig deeper into why and who was trying to hunt Myfanwy and the price they were willing to pay.


Network
STARZ
Director(s) Kari Skogland
Writer(s) Al Blyth, Sam Holcroft
Air Date 7/7/2019
Introduced This Episode
Linda Joely Richardson
Conrad Adrian Lester
Zef Nikolaos Brahimllari
Monica Olivia Munn
Ingrid Ruth Madeley
Eliza Catherine Steadman
Robert Ronan Raftery
Alex Jon Fletcher
Jennifer Gina McKee

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Recap

It Isn’t Only Linda Covering Up For Myfanwy: Conrad, Zef, Jennifer

Everyone is checking into what happened at the Millennium Bridge and at Mansel bank, but most aren’t making headway. Which, for Home Secretary Jennifer, is a huge issue since she reigns over the Checquy and clearly the incident was caused by someone within the EVA (Extreme variant abilities) community. So, Conrad, working on his own, checks into a Lugat member named Zef. Someone he, originally, tries to be friendly with since the Checquy has need for underground connections to get work done. However, with Zef not presenting the whole truth, Conrad is forced to use his powers.

This leads to us learning that the Lugat seemingly were trying to capture Myfanwy to sell her but failed. Which, considering all Conrad knows, if there is one thing he doesn’t take well to is the trafficking of his kind. So, while he killed a few Lugat members, he leaves Zef alive to warn his boss, Lorik, to stay away from Myfanwy.

Now, as for why Conrad would protect her, even to the extent of lying to Linda, is anyone’s guess?

Where Does Your Allegiance Truly Lay?: Monica, Ingrid, Eliza, Robert

Monica (Olivia Munn) pushing Ingrid to help her.
Monica (Olivia Munn)

While Monica tries to present herself as a friend, nearly everyone recognizes she is there for selfish purposes. Ingrid, the genius office manager, knows it, as well as the members of the Gestalt. However, none of them are able to catch Monica in the act as she tries to rescue the reputation of her ex Marcus while throwing off the Checquy. But, with the discovery of Babylon, where people can participate in an auction for EVAs, who are worth millions, maybe she’ll be more forthcoming since her super strength can only get her so far.

Who. Am. I?: Linda, Myfanwy, Alex, Robert

With notes littered everywhere, Myfanwy not only has trouble trusting Linda, but also herself. Yet, with every interaction, she learns more. Be it from Alex, who makes it seem she rarely leaves the office, and only hooks up with him when drunk, or Linda, who makes it seem she has OCD. Each person presents a piece to her mosaic, but often with chipped edges. Take, for instance, Linda making sure Myfanwy doesn’t get to see pictures of her parents.

All that Myfanwy could want to know requires doing more espionage than it seems she ever was willing to do before. Leading you to wonder, before the memory loss, was Myfanwy a real asset to the Checquy or just a liability kept close so she couldn’t cause trouble?

Review

Highlights

It’s Getting Better

Myfanwy asking what kind of monster is she?
Myfanwy: What kind of monster am I?

I think the best way to appreciate The Rook is looking at it as story-driven than character-driven. Which, when it comes to supernatural people, is either rare or just not done. Yet, between all the lies, uncovering Myfanwy’s past, and the espionage/investigation angle, I think this could become a wood-burning oven kind of show. One which certainly doesn’t win people over with the pilot but that’s probably why when critics get screeners they usually get around 3 or so episodes. For, increasingly, it is becoming clear very few shows are truly capable of hitting it out of the park on their first outing.

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