Thursday, September 23, 2021

Nerds Rewatch: What We Noticed in ‘Prodigal Son’ Season 2, Episode 9

Prodigies, welcome back to the second installment of Nerds Rewatch Prodigal! If you’re not familiar with this series, every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, we’ll be pressing play on Twitter to rewatch and live-tweet an episode of Prodigal Son. Last week, we put our rewatch goggles on for episode 8 of season 2, “Ouroboros.” This week, we delved into the events of the season’s ninth episode, “The Killabustas,” with a new perspective now that we know what events unfold in order to point out some of its most striking moments and features. Without further ado, let’s jump into what we noticed in episode 9!

Blaze Ignites A Fire in Edrisa’s Heart

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One of the highlights of this episode was seeing Blaze and Edrisa’s whirlwind romance. In light of the awkward incident earlier in the season with her and Malcolm at the morgue, it was nice to see Edrisa be with someone who could reciprocate her feelings. Blaze — or as Edrisa first knew him, “Mr. July” — was smart and devilishly handsome, but the reasons fans took such a liking to him so much was the obvious respect and passion that he and Edrisa shared. While it seemed that he may have been the culprit of the week at one point, it turned out that Blaze was the good guy after all, in more ways than one.

Malcolm Doesn’t Wait For An Invite

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Malcolm is not known for his patience, or his self-control when it comes to involving himself in cases. So it should come as no surprise that upon discovering that Gil is at a crime scene and didn’t invite him, Malcolm is not thrilled. Actually, upon Jessica pointing out that she can’t ask Gil for help with her book right now because he is out on a case –- as seen on the news –- Malcolm exclaims, “They didn’t call me? Why didn’t they call me?!?” Then, being his impulsive self, Malcolm simply invites himself to the crime scene. When Gil points out Malcolm really should not be on a case because he just lost someone in the field, Malcolm simply cites, “Come on, trauma’s my middle name.” So, naturally, Malcolm ends up on the case. At this point, Malcolm’s ability to talk his way into being part of things he shouldn’t be should come as no surprise. However, given his mental state following the events of last episode, perhaps he really should have sat this one out.

Who Ya Gonna Call — Killabustas!

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This episode gave Edrisa the chance to be in her element, and she shined. But she didn’t shine alone — she had the Killabustas! The Killabustas were a hilarious addition to the show, but the storyline was surprisingly moving. The writers took care to show that these online friends were close, and Edrisa telling the team about what the group has meant to her was lovely. The show also makes sure to not make fun of citizen sleuths and in fact makes note of the ways in which Internet crime solvers have helped the police in recent years. The actors all had great chemistry, and we would not say no to a Killasbustas-focused spin-off!

Malcolm Hallucinates Martin … Again

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Anytime we get to see Malcolm and Martin together, it always provides some insight into both their minds, but this episode took that a step further and once again used a hallucination of Martin to show us Malcolm’s inner thoughts and desires. This time, it’s mainly his internal war regarding his feelings for Dani. Hallucination Martin encourages him to make a move, confide in her, act on his crush. Logical Malcolm thinks he can’t do that without jeopardizing her safety and also believes himself to be too damaged. While we don’t often side with Martin of all people, we can agree with hallucination Martin that Malcolm should come clean about his feelings. Sadly, just as Malcolm is about to, Martin pops up again and effectively ends that confession. The slow burn between them has been one that fans loved watching, and it was painful to have that moment squashed (though in retrospect, we love that passionate kiss that’s coming!).

Make sure to join us next Tuesday for our live-tweet event under the tag #NerdsRewatchProdigal and the Twitter account @Call4BackupPod as we press play at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on episode 8. Additionally, you can listen to our corresponding commentary for this week’s episode on our podcast Call For Backup here. Make sure to stay up to date with all of the news concerning Prodigal Son and the campaign to save the show here. Until next week, Prodigies!

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Kenedi
Kenedi Lynch is a college student pursuing her BS in Biology. She hopes to attend medical school at Stanford or Johns Hopkins to obtain her MD-PhD and become an orthopedic surgeon. When she isn't hard at work, Kenedi enjoys reading, watching her favorite shows on Netflix, and listening to music. Some of her favorite fandoms are Supernatural, Harry Potter, Bones, Criminal Minds, and Percy Jackson.

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