Deception Season 1 Review “Good Luck with Your Death” – Is This The Beginning of the End?

Now, of course, my subtitle for this review of Deception‘s “Good Luck with Your Death” could pertain to the fact that we’re nearing the end of the season, but for me, it also means the fate of the series as a whole. For about one episode, I was certain that there was still some life in the show, but now, I’m beginning to question it again. Everything’s resolving toward finality, it seems, and that’s not just what you want if you want your show to last for several seasons. I suppose the one way it could last is if they turn Robert into a Lex Luthor-type character who is rich and powerful enough to evade the law and Superman’s grasp (“Superman,” in this case, being Joanna).

What are my problems with this episode? Well, the main one is Joanna waffling once again between Will and Julian. Puh-LEAZE, Joanna! Why are you getting back with Julian? How will that help you in this case that you’re beginning to lose your grip on? Is it a covert way to get closer to Audrey? Because there are certainly other ways to get close to her.

Secondly, Joanna’s lack of undercover cop skills. Now, of course, I’m no undercover cop, but I do think Joanna’s skills are a bit lacking. As Will said, he can’t keep covering Joanna when she’s acting reckless. I mean, her cover’s basically over–she failed the polygraph test, is acting shiftier and shiftier with each day she’s at Bowers Pharmaceuticals, she’s checking on Audrey and Ben’s college history right on a company computer that can could have tracking and can’t even lie well enough to cover her mother’s innocent chatter about her life.

I will say Haverstock’s cancer storyline is interesting, as is what Wyatt has to do with Sofia and her marriage to Robert. Also interesting is exactly what Audrey has to do with Vivian’s death. When she was working for Robert, was she really the one the hitman organized the murder with? Were the Lyritrol test results faked in order to ruin Robert? What’s going on here? However, I fear that these are questions that might not have enough power to sustain the show. Even S. Epatha Merkerson’s wonderful guest appearance on the show might not be enough to keep the show’s steam going. I’m just not sure.

Perhaps I’m just too jaded at this point. There are so many serialized shows on television that it’s hard to sustain interest in them after a while. It’s doubly hard for them to keep up their promised intrigue and mystery. I think television should come to consensus that lightning doesn’t generally strike twice in the same place; shows like Twin Peaks, Alias, Lost and most currently, Scandal somehow have the ingredients to create a cult following. Not all shows have that same power and, frankly, not all shows should try to live up to that almost-impossible goal. I think the less a show tries to be the next “insert-show-here” is when they really succeed.