Crossing Lines Season 1 Review “The Terminator”

Crossing Lines Episode 3 The Terminator (3)

Crossing Lines took a strong step forward with “The Terminator,” this week’s episode. Though the show has yet to find the perfect balance between the weekly case and long-term character development, the shorter runtime and stronger crime made for a better experience overall.

One of the major problems with the premiere was that the middle of the episode dragged, with numerous plot points repeating and a general lack of action. Things were better here, though it leaned a bit too hard to the other end of the spectrum. Nicole’s poisonings were never really built up, with only one crime actually taking place on screen. In fact, the investigation team didn’t even learn about the crime for a third of the episode, making for a rushed series of events as they moved to capture her and the art thieves. As a result, Nicole’s motivations were murky at best. By the end, we knew little about her other than the fact that she hated men and was in debt to someone called the Russian.

I’m curious to see if there’ll be any mention of the Russian moving forward. The show seems intent on being more than just another procedural, with all of the characters slowly gaining long-term plot threads. Given Louis’ remarks about big criminals in the EU, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more of the Russian in future episodes.

The problem is that none of the storylines have been particularly engaging or original so far. A large part of the episode was dedicated to the death of Louis’ son, but the scene was played out by two characters we’ve yet to spend much time with. As is, the smaller character moments, such as Sebastian’s terrible bedside manner, have been more enjoyable. They’re also the type of moments we need more of before we can get invested in the larger mysteries.

Still, Crossing Lines has improved a great deal following the pilot, so things are certainly looking up. Though the mystery of the week and character moments could stand for better integration, it seems there’ll be enough to enjoy moving forward.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!