Pearson Recap: Does This Spin-Off Work?

August 7, 2019
Daniel Hart 0
TV Recaps
2.5

Summary

Pearson Season 1, Episode 2, “The Superintendent” raises eyebrows in whether this spin-off is going to work, with a dramatic story lacking purpose.

2.5

Summary

Pearson Season 1, Episode 2, “The Superintendent” raises eyebrows in whether this spin-off is going to work, with a dramatic story lacking purpose.

This recap of Pearson season 1, episode 2, “The Superintendent” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.


I’m a little hesitant with Pearson at present. While I appreciate the sentiment and giving the character a spin-off, I’m not entirely sure what’s the point of the story apart from improving Chicago against corrupt forces. What needs to be asked is — what is the point of the character?

And that question is further enhanced in “The Superintendent”. Due to Jessica’s (Gina Torres) reputation in the press, the new police contract is in jeopardy, meaning they have held off signing it.

The whole purpose of Episode 2 is that Jessica is seen as anti-police due to her involvement in trying to sue them. This forces Jessica to work with Keri Allen (Bethany Joy Lenz).

Now in the real world, Jessica would be fired purely based on reputation alone. A police contract to protect the streets is vital for everyone’s safety. Despite crime spiking and families at risk (including her’s), the story is played out with Jessica finding a way to extinguish the fire. Pearson is Suits, but instead of corporate problems, its political nonsense, but I am not sold that Jessica fits the whole concept. She kicked a*s with Harvey Spectre, but this is a different world run by different people.

Of course, Jessica finds solutions in Episode 2, meeting the Superintendent herself and finds negotiation points and leverage; it turns out Jessica was not the real problem, they just wanted to find a way to gain a better contract.

Leading up to all the drama, tensions appeared to be high, with journalists pressing Bobby Golec’s (Morgan Spector) intentions for hiring Jessica. Pearson season 1, episode 2, “The Superintendent” was dramatic for drama’s sake, and I am not convinced it worked.

Audit Records

  • Bobby’s brother Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides) is still spying on his brother, but on the other hand, making sure Jessica is cared for.
  • Keri and Jessica are still clashing, but they made some progress together in Episode 2.
  • Jessica hires Yoli Castillo (Isabel Arraiza) — a staff member that was sacked for the misuse of social media, but she sees ambition in her.
  • At the end of Episode 2, Angela gives back Jessica the money that was spent on groceries. Angela does not want her family to be a charity and urges Jessica to spend time with them.

You can read the recap of the next episode by clicking these words.

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