With fairy tales and fantasy still relatively in vogue between the Snow White movies and TV’s “Once Upon a Time,” it was only a matter of time before a show like “CSI: NY” threw its hat into the ring- if it hasn’t already & my memory is just failing me, which is entirely possible. (I know for a fact at least a few crime shows have mined “Alice in Wonderland” for material before.) Anyway, with “The Lady in the Lake,” the show gave it the old college try, and if it sort of stretched for connections at times- not to mention verged on overkill by dragging aliens into it- it was still a relatively solid tale reasonably well told.
The show even featured a wrap-around connecting storyline, as Adam (A.J. Buckley) more or less got his day in the spotlight in this character-centric season, serving as the narrator to the story of a fallen princess, which he dictated to a couple of waifs, including Jo’s daughter (Sydney Park). Said princess turned out to be an imposter to the throne of sorts, a former drug addict gone straight who landed a bona fide prince, or at least a really rich New Yorker with a good heart.
Unfortunately for this would-be princess, the evil mother did not approve, and tried to buy her off, to no avail, leading her to strike out at the girl, sadly killing her in the process. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out mother was a bit overprotective from the jump, but I did enjoy the various fairy tale references, nonetheless, and it provided a welcome distraction to the fact that the central “mystery” in “The Lady in the Lake” wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen a million times before.
As for the Martian factor, it turned out to be the remnants of a crashed Russian Mars probe from the 80s, much to Adam’s dismay & disappointment. I got a kick out of the moment when Dr. Sid, after Adam telling him his wild Martian theories, advised him: “Don’t pitch this to anyone who can fire you.”
Indeed, there were some good lines in this episode, surprisingly enough, helping add to the watch-ability factor. For instance, Danny’s chagrin when Jo used his catchphrase “Boom!”- “Did she just use my word?” LOL. Also, given my name, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mac’s admonishment to Adam: “Don’t ever call me MT ever again.” Amen, brother. Add “Marky Mark” to the list and we’ll definitely be in business!
Speaking of Mac, he slipped up again in front of a cop this time, leading him to instantly call Christine. It looked as if he was ready to spill his big secret, but alas, it was not to be, as she didn’t answer and he opted to delete his message at the last minute. On the bright side, he did apologize to Jo for jumping down her throat last week, so there’s that. (Although after citing “Kokomo” and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as the best evidence of late 80s rock music, I’m tempted to take her to task myself- not too cool, Jo-Jo.)
What did you think of “The Lady in the Lake”? Did the princess look a bit too shiny to be a former meth addict? Did you think calling her a “virus” was a bit harsh?
Did you, too, have to look up what the hell “proscribed wildlife” was? Have you ever been bitten by a toucan? Will you never look at a box of Fruit Loops the same way again? Let me know in the comments!
PS- I know that Green Day fan that got all haughty last week will jump down my throat for asking, but did anyone know the song playing during the autopsy of the princess? It sounded like Lights or maybe Ladyhawke, but I can’t be sure and imdb.com was no help…thanks in advance.