NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Dolphinnegan’s Wake” Review

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NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Dolphinnegan’s Wake” Season 1, Episode 5 – If you’ve ever wondered what The Silence of The Lambs would have been like had Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill been played by dolphins, this week’s episode of NTSF:SD:SUV:: would have answered all your questions. Sort of.

A predatory dolphin with a taste for human blood has been terrorizing the shores of San Diego. Its latest victims happen to have been Trent’s “best friends,” Bruce and Betty, who were really barely friends with him at all. In any case, Trent takes the attack personally and, at Kove’s insistence, he seeks the advice of another captured criminal dolphin.

The dolphins on NTSF:SD:SUV:: might be the worst looking fake dolphins I’ve ever seen, but that’s exactly why they were so hilarious. In contrast to the beautiful Southern California coastline and some of the great looking sets on this show, you’ve got a terrible plastic dolphin hanging from the ceiling of a prison aquarium for the criminally insane.

There were some cool cameos in this episode, but my absolute favorite scene of was near the end when Sam and Jessie are walking along the beach and realize they’ve stumbled upon the serial killer dolphin. Neither one of these two are action characters, so I loved it when Sam suddenly decided that he wanted to be a hero and jumped into the ocean to fight a losing battle against the vicious aquatic mammal. Sam ends up getting saved by Trent who dives in to physically beat the life out of the dolphin and almost deliver an execution shot right to head, and Sam thanks him by mumbling, “Guys, you suck!” with the follow up, “How do I get out of the ocean!?” Awesome.

Now that he’s escaped, I’m kind of hoping that dolphin Lundgren will end up being a recurring character in NTSF:SD:SUV:: as the one criminal that got away. I’d love to see a plot uncovered in a much later episode that has Trent chasing the tail of his criminal dolphin nemesis all over San Diego.