“Glory” provided more of the same, which is hardly a bad thing, as The Equalizer continues to be a promising procedural.
This The Equalizer season 1, episode 2 recap for the episode titled “Glory” contains spoilers.
After The Equalizer episode 2, “Glory”, most of what I liked about the premiere hasn’t been challenged. This is both good news and bad. On the one hand, this could stand to be a better procedural, at least on the level of its actual cases. This week’s, like last week’s, passed by virtually unnoticed, an excuse for a couple of quick action scenes and little more. But on the other hand, the storytelling bedrock of compelling characters and wider-scale intrigue really works, buoyed by Queen Latifah’s excellent performance in the lead role. Thus far, the cases have existed to established her principles and past as much as her badass bonafides. And that’s fine.
Thus far, The Equalizer has been tight-lipped about Robin’s past and what led her to forge her own career path, and “Glory” doesn’t buck that trend, but it also sees her return to the fold on her own terms, working freelance for William. It feels like the logical progression of what we’ve seen thus far.
It’s how all this relates to Robin’s home life that’s most compelling. Her absences have led to a strained relationship between her and Delilah and a closeness between Delilah and Aunt Vi that shakes up the usual family dynamic. It was easy to imagine that Vi was there to basically keep Delilah out of the way so the show could focus on Robin taking down criminals, but that doesn’t seem to be the direction it’s heading in. The lies about where she’s going and what she’s doing are evidently going to catch up with her, and it seems to me that the show is looking forward to how exposure of Robin’s secret life is going to alter her family relationships even further.
Despite the speed with which the case rocketed along, at least The Equalizer season 1, episode 2 has a mind for structure. There’s a clear setup and resolution, and the storytelling is confident – there just isn’t enough meat in the middle for my tastes. Perhaps that will change, and we’ll get arcs that stretch over a couple of episodes, but I’m nitpicking at this point. With Dante digging into Robin’s past – she’s a ghost, obviously, which only piques his curiosity more – there’s evidently going to come a point where things can’t just proceed along typical case-of-the-week lines. The progression of these character-centric storylines is what I find most promising about the show right now.
Also on my wish list, though, while we’re on the subject, is more of Harry and Mel and their unconventional off-the-books setup. There was some development of Robin’s relationship with Mel here in “Glory”, but for now their involvement always has a whiff of plot convenience about it, with one or the other just turning up to provide the next crucial clue or to save the day. More focus on them as individuals, not to mention some more time with William and a filling-in of the unaccounted time between Robin’s military service and whatever she was doing before becoming the Equalizer, would help to round the show out and give it some welcome texture.
So far, though, so solid. The Equalizer season 1, episode 2 was more of the same, but the same in this case isn’t so much of a bad thing.