“The Secret of Macho Grande” maintains the same level of quality, as a photograph of Nazis leads to new clues.
This Blood & Treasure Episode 4 recap for the episode titled “The Secret of Macho Grande” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
As far as breezy summer entertainment goes, Blood & Treasure Episode 4 is quite alright. It has absurdly good-looking leads and eye-rolling banter and a jet-setting plot full of wild implausibilities and contrivance. There are red herrings and double-crosses and clues squirreled away in musty tomes. It has all be done before, and done again many times since, but “The Secret of Macho Grande” does it quite well.
The problem with Blood & Treasure Episode 4 is that it’s a bit too enigmatic for its own good. Some of the peripheral characters are so shady that their eventual heel turn is just an inevitability — it makes them less interesting in the short term, which is probably just as well since the show doesn’t really have time for anyone beyond its central trio anyway.
That trio, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is Danny, Lexi and Father Chuck, and in “The Secret of Macho Grande” they’re scaring up clues from an old picture of Nazis stood posing in front of Cleopatra’s sarcophagus. Their dynamic is perhaps more important than the plot itself; despite its obvious continuity, Blood & Treasure feels like each episode could stand on its own if a few details were changed. But what remains constant is Danny’s archeological altruism, Lexi’s revenge mission, and Chuck’s ability to find out any piece of information the plot requires by shuffling around some archives.
On the subject of Lexi’s revenge mission, at the end of “The Secret of Macho Grande” she came face to face with bad guy terrorist Farouk, who remains one step ahead of them at every turn. And nothing much came of it, really. An anticlimax? Or a sly commentary on how the concept of revenge is pointless in and of itself, important only to the individual feeling slighted and almost certain to be of no consequence whatsoever to the other party? I’m leaning more towards the former.
Anyway, he threw her down an elevator shaft.