The Rook: Season 1, Episode 6 “Chapter 6” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Linda in a Checquy cell.
Linda: It's time I told you everything.
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As Monica comes to a realization about Marcus, Myfanwy provides all Conrad needs to seal Linda. Also, Bronwyn triggers Myfanwy’s memories.


Network
STARZ
Director(s) Sunu Gonera
Writer(s) Francesca Gardiner
Air Date 8/4/2019

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Recap

It’s Becoming Clear To Me Now: Bronwyn, Marcus, Monica, Myfanwy

Myfanwy decides to go see her alleged sister, and with her being at their childhood home, showing pictures, trying to jog Myfanwy’s memories, there is a spark. One which allows her to vaguely remember the past and you may think it would be enough for Myfanwy to retread her decision and seek to escape, but it doesn’t.

Which could become a problem for Bronwyn. You see, she and Monica met before the events of the last episode. She was an associate of Marcus, maybe more, and as Monica replays the night Marcus first said he loved her, she realizes Bronwyn wasn’t only there but passed a note to Marcus. Thus throwing her into disarray.

Browyn talking to Myfanwy.

I Don’t Want To Lie Anymore: Gestalt, Conrad, Myfanwy, Monica, Ingrid

Myfanwy has come to the point she doesn’t desire to have any secrets. So when interrogated by Conrad, she reveals all in terms of Nazim, Marcus hiring him to wipe her memory, and Linda’s part in the whole situation. This causes some shockwaves and Myfanwy is forced to answer Gestalt about why didn’t she trust them enough to which her only reply is, her memory barely extends past 5 days, so she didn’t know who to trust. Which none of them take lightly, at least 3 out of 4, so they seem done with Myfanwy and decide to focus on Monica. Someone who they are only able to discover thanks to Ingrid also confessing up what she knows.

But, rather than get her and bring her back for debriefing, a boundary is crossed. One which was going to become sexual but as one of the members of Gestalt, I want to say Robert, was stimulating Monica, Myfanwy engages Eliza, who is starting to seem like her favorite. This tears Gestalt a bit, since they still do have feelings for Myfanwy but hate the fact she lied to them. However, before coerced into making a choice, Ingrid interrupts.

The Fall of Linda Ferrier: Linda, Jennifer, Conrad, Myfanwy

With her debilitating sonic powers, combined with having Nazim and his potential, Linda thought she could get reinstated by Jennifer. However, thanks to Myfanwy’s recorded testimony to Conrad, Jennifer reneges. Leaving, after being told she is in a cell, Myfanwy confronting Linda who says she is going to reveal all now.

Review

On The Fence

The Downfall of Linda

Taking note Linda’s sonic boom like powers take a lot out of her, but she has trained to control them, how did she end up in a cell? Also, how and when was she captured considering her powers and then Nazim? Though, maybe that is the bigger issue here: We skip over Nazim coming with her, likely to her home, and his reaction to what’s going on. Leaving this gap in the story which shouldn’t be there.

The Realizations/ Reveals

Monica dealing with Marcus being a liar.

Unfortunately, The Rook remains consistent in its worse quality: Not being able to hype up a realization, or reveal, and bring a sense of energy to this show. Monica revealing Marcus played her? Flat response. Not getting to see Linda fight off or get dragged into a cell – missed opportunity. Nevermind Gestalt realizing Myfanwy’s mind was wiped, or Ingrid getting confirmation. Heck, even Myfanwy spending time with her sister didn’t stir up emotions. Like everything else, it just happened.

Which is incredibly frustrating for whether it is the vision of the creators to make the actors nearly monotone, or this being their interpretation of the characters, it is like you can see the pops and notable moments. The writing implies these moments should be bigger, and yet they flop one after another. Just above the point of you thinking folks are dialing it in.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 8 “Chapter 8” [Season Finale]In the finale, we finally get to see powers used for fights and a reason to want to see more as all hell breaks loose.
Director(s) China Moo-Young
Writer(s) Karyn Usher, Lisa Zwerling
Air Date 8/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Viktor Nick Moss
Sophia Poppy Corby
  • Nazim, Monica, Gestalt | I Just Want To Forget
  • Linda, Myfanwy, Sophia, Conrad, Jennifer | It Never Ends
  • Linda, Myfanwy, Viktor, Lorik, Bronwyn, Jennifer, Conrad, Gestalt | Until It Does
Season 1, Episode 7 “Prologue”Before the finale, we retrace what led to Myfanwy getting her mind-wiped and the incident at the Millennium Bridge.
Director(s) Rebecca Johnson
Writer(s) Al Blyth, Sam Holcroft
Air Date 8/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
Josie Rosie Sansom
  • A Predication Was Made: Josie, Myfanwy, Linda, Gestalt
  • Old Friends & Uneasy Allies: Jennifer, Conrad, Linda, Monica, Marcus
  • The Days Before & The Night Of: Linda, Lorik, Peter, Marcus, Bronwyn, Myfanwy, Nazim
Season 1, Episode 6 "Chapter 6"As Monica comes to a realization about Marcus, Myfanwy provides all Conrad needs to seal Linda. Also, Bronwyn triggers Myfanwy’s memories.
Director(s) Sunu Gonera
Writer(s) Francesca Gardiner
Air Date 8/4/2019
  • It’s Becoming Clear To Me Now: Bronwyn, Marcus, Monica, Myfanwy
  • I Don’t Want To Lie Anymore: Gestalt, Conrad, Myfanwy, Monica, Ingrid
  • The Fall of Linda Ferrier: Linda, Jennifer, Conrad, Myfanwy
Season 1, Episode 4 “Chapter 4”Alongside what happened at and to Glengrove House, we learn who caused Myfanwy to lose her memories and why.
Director(s) Sunu Gonera
Writer(s) Al Blyth, Sam Holcroft
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nazim Michael Karim
Dr. Bristol James D’Arcy
  • A Certain Lack Of Trust: Conrad, Linda, Myfanwy
  • The Search For An EVA: Monica, Robert, Eliza, Alex, Teddy
  • I Can See Clearly Now, The Wipe Is Nearly Gone:Nazim, Linda, Dr. Bristol, Myfanwy
Season 1, Episode 5 “Chapter 5”As Monica gains an unexpected ally, Linda overplays her hand. Leading to her having to reveal a secret weapon.
Director(s) China Moo-Young
Writer(s) Al Blyth, Sam Holcroft
Air Date 7/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lorik Michael McElhatton
Marcus Luke Roberts
Bronwyn Tamsin Topolski
  • Congratulations, You Played Yourself: Linda, Jennifer, Conrad
  • A Different Approach: Monica, Marcus, Myfanwy, Nazim
  • There Is So Much You Don’t Know: Nazim, Myfanwy, Bronwyn, Lorik, Conrad, Linda, Gestalt, Monica
Season 1, Episode 3 “Chapter 3”As one of Myfanwy’s pursuers get captured, complications with the Gestalt, Monica, and the relationship between Conrad and Linda continue.
Director(s) China Moo-Young
Writer(s) Francesca Gardiner
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Peter Von Syoc Barry Atsma
Danielle Shelley Conn
Gordon Steven Pacey
  • The Theories Aren’t Off & The Hive Mind Isn’t Always Advantageous: Danielle, Jennifer, Myfanwy, Linda
  • Sometimes I Feel Like Someone Is Watching Me:Myfanwy, Eliza, Linda
  • Trust Is So Hard To Gain & Easy To Lose: Gordon, Monica, Peter, Myfanwy, Conrad, Linda
Season 1, Episode 1 “Chapter 1” [Series Premiere]While The Rook seems like it could be intriguing, it faces an uphill battle by being everything we’re not used to when superheroes are involved.
Creator(s) Daniel O’Malley
Director(s) Kari Skogland
Writer(s) Al Blyth, Sam Holcroft
Air Date 6/30/2019
Genre(s) Fantasy, Action, Drama, Superhero
Good If You Like
  • Understated Supernatural Productions
  • Protagonists With Memory Loss Rediscovering Who They Are
  • Who Dun It Shows
Isn’t For You If You
  • Need At Least One Character With Charm, Charisma, Or Who Can Be Considered Comedic Relief
Introduced This Episode
Myfanwy Emma Greenwell
Season 1, Episode 2 “Chapter 2”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.
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
  • It Isn’t Only Linda Covering Up For Myfanwy: Conrad, Zef, Jennifer
  • Where Does Your Allegiance Truly Lay?: Monica, Ingrid, Eliza, Robert
  • Who. Am. I?: Linda, Myfanwy, Alex, Robert

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  1. Good recap and Analysis. You hit it on the head and until I read this print didn’t realize why I both like and dislike this show. I like the mystery in finding out more about these people but as you said, I thoroughly dislike the lack of any blood and guts passion, It’s monotone and more monotone.

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