Allegiance “Tipping Point” Review (Season 1 Episode 5)

Another subpar episode of Allegiance this week, though there were a few highlights that kept “Tipping Point” from being too dull to watch. The opening scene, juxtaposing Alex’s freak-out with his parents telling him their history, was solid, as were some of the one-on-one conversations between characters. On the whole, though, the show is still failing to fully justify its existence.

I appreciate the show’s willingness to let Alex in on his parents’ secret so early, if only because the subterfuge was already getting old. That said, I don’t know if I want them all on the same side if the result is going to be more clumsy scenes like the ones we got tonight. Did his parents seriously stop in the middle of telling him how to commit treason to ask if he had a crush on someone? I get that it was meant as a joke, but Katya, Mark, feel the room.

On the other hand, the brother-sister dynamic between Alex and Natalie has been handled really well. The discussion between the two was heartfelt and genuine in all the ways Alex’s talk with his parents wasn’t. In fact, Natalie is quickly becoming the easiest character to relate to on the show, her scene with her mother serving as the other highlight of the night.

The polygraph felt a bit too convenient given that Alex had just learned the truth about his family. At the very least, it would have been nice to get a better explanation than that “there’s always a mole” for why it was happening all of a sudden. Still, with everyone on his team not suspicious of him, it’s good to give Alex an opponent who doesn’t quite trust him.

Sarah continues to just sort of exist. I get that she’s supposed to represent the last innocent part of the O’Connor family, but she has no agency in the story. Even here, she doesn’t really have anything to do with Victor sneaking in and getting a new bug into the family’s house. And all through that dastardly Kinect, no less.

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