Blood & Treasure Recap: Well, That’s The Most Interesting Character In The Show Killed Off Then

July 10, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
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Summary

“The Shadow of Projekt Athena” saw the usual routine become highly tedious, and now that the most interesting character in the show has been killed off, you have to wonder where things are going.

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Summary

“The Shadow of Projekt Athena” saw the usual routine become highly tedious, and now that the most interesting character in the show has been killed off, you have to wonder where things are going.

This recap of Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 9, “The Shadow of Projekt Athena”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


The life of a double agent is far from easy according to Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 9. Poor Fabi. All he wants to do is sneak information to the Brotherhood of Serapis, in order to keep Cleopatra out of terrorist hands and presumably prevent whatever kind of terrible long-term plans Farouk has for the old girl. You’d think a do-gooder like Gwen would see that, but she’s a spinning-kick first, ask questions later kind of gal.

This is all Danny’s fault, obviously. Last time he gave Fabi’s phone number to Interpol in a little fit of jealousy after finding it on Lexi’s burner phone; in “The Shadow of Projekt Athena”, he needs Fabi’s help with Operation Paperclip, the sneaky government program that hid Nazi scientists so they could be put to use in the Cold War.

And who better to find Nazis than Nazi Hunters? It only takes a five-minute sit-down with one — it makes you wonder what the Brotherhood has been doing all this time? — for Danny and Lexi to pinpoint their next destination: Quebec, Canada, the site of a highly coincidental dam collapse in 1945. One of those comical flashbacks with the “this is the past” filter highlights that Projekt Athena was a disaster, so there’s no wonder its shadow looms so large.

Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 9 recap: "The Shadow of Projekt Athena"

There’s a higher-than-average number of one-liners in Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 9, and for the first time, they started to grate on me. I’m also a bit sick of the whole “Danny and Lexi impersonate an interested couple to sneak into a location” bit; haven’t we done that in every episode? “The Shadow of Projekt Athena” might get a bit more mileage out of Canada’s greenery, a welcome change from the sandy sepia backdrops we’ve seen thus far, but take away the pretty location photography and it could have been set anywhere, really.

Fabi, having escaped from police custody and set out on the same trail of clues, is a more interesting presence in “The Shadow of Projekt Athena”, in part because we’re so used to seeing Danny and Lexi endure the same routine of investigation-capture-escape-success that when they get, say, tasered and held hostage, there’s no question that eventually they’ll find their way out — and probably better off for the experience. But Fabi, a peripheral character, is vulnerable to real consequences. And he experiences them in Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 9, when he’s shot and killed right after revealing that his former partner in the Brotherhood was Lexi’s mother, not her father.

Twist! Yet it doesn’t really mean anything because all Lexi’s family history seems to be written on the fly to accommodate moments like this, and doesn’t ring true in any way. If your international mystery is interesting enough, you shouldn’t require the leads to have a personal connection to it; problem is, the mystery in Blood & Treasure still doesn’t have a real shape, or a clear end goal, or anything, really. It’s just a string of isolated incidents and competing parties all after the same thing, but for reasons that thus far remain almost completely nebulous.

“The Shadow of Projekt Athena” was fine, as this show tends to be, but it was the first episode during which I felt extremely tired of the whole endeavor, which at this point is stretched so thin that it’s almost transparent. Even some forced moments of emotion at the end fell flat. So, RIP Fabi, the most interesting component of a show that needs a few more. I don’t know what we’ll do without him.