Blood & Treasure Recap: I Knew There Was Something Funny About Him Back From the Dead

August 7, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“The Revenge of Farouk” brought the first season to a pretty exciting close, and promises more to come.

3.5

Summary

“The Revenge of Farouk” brought the first season to a pretty exciting close, and promises more to come.

This recap of Blood & Treasure Season 1, Episode 13, “The Revenge of Farouk”, contains spoilers. It also contains spoilers for the events of Episode 12, “Legacy of the Father”. You can check out our thoughts on Episode 11 by clicking these words.


Despite its many flaws — chief among them an overreliance on played-out genre tropes and more absurd contrivance than you can shake a dusty relic at — Blood & Treasure turned out to be reliably decent summer escapism. The aptly-titled Blood & Treasure finale, “The Revenge of Farouk”, brought things to a relatively exciting close with a last-minute twist and the promise of more adventure to come. I can’t say I’ll be disappointed when the already-commissioned second season rolls around.

The first half of Blood & Treasure Episode 13 was devoted to unraveling the extent of Jay Reece’s corruption; how far he had gone to cover up his fatherhood of Farouk, and how many lives had been lost as a result. This was particularly difficult for Danny to deal with — after virtually a whole season of dealing with Lexi’s parental drama, it’s nice for Danny to have some of his own. And it’ll become important towards the end.

Because these episodes seem contractually mandated to include attendance at a certain number of glamorous events, “The Revenge of Farouk” includes a whole gang get-together at the swanky unveiling of Antony and Cleopatra — even Father Chuck attends! It’s nice to see him out and about and not just implausibly retrieving plot information from random books, although there was a bit earlier on when a random imam he knew in Egypt just sent him some incredibly important information to keep the plot moving.

Anyway, let’s talk about all that revenge business. See, you might recall that the name “Karim Farouk” wasn’t actually the name of the terrorist baddie we pursued for most of the season — it was just an alias he was using, which means that despite his death there’s every chance the real Farouk, Jay’s real son, might still be at large. And the Blood & Treasure finale reveals that he has been much closer than we thought this whole time: He’s Simon Hardwick!

This, I suppose, makes a degree of sense, and a flashback helps to make it clearer for those who weren’t following along. His real revenge is due to take place at the unveiling, giving the full crew — including Aiden Shaw and Gwen — an excuse to save the day once again. There’s some action, there are some character turns — Danny wants to leave Jay to die, but Lexi won’t let him: role reversal! — and there is a resolution to virtually everything. It’s what a finale should be, really. Blood & Treasure Episode 13 brought this season’s storylines to a close while also creating a status quo on which the second season can build. The revenge of Farouk was thwarted, but the adventure, we’re promised, will continue. Worse things have happened.

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