This third episode turned the spotlight on new recruit Ames (Janet Montgomery), the sexy thief who joined the team in the premiere; a somewhat flaky addition, designed to add estrogen to the show alongside billionairess Ilsa (Indira Varma). "Taking Ames" saw her character drawn into a diamond heist to help childhood friend Brody (J.D Pardo) pocket a seven-figure sum, only to sense that their African client Mr Markus (Hakeen Kae-Kazim) has no intention of letting them live when the job's done. Ames therefore requested Chance's help, resulting in him going undercover as part of Markus's assembled gang (posing as "Mr Chicago" the torturer/cleaner), and sabotaging the heist from the inside.
Chance: Look at this place,
Guerrero: Yeah, looks a bit different than it used to.
Guerrero: Too early to tell.
Overall, "Taking Ames" was still a solid hour's entertainment that I enjoyed while it lasted, but nothing stuck with me afterwards. Chance's homespun way of restarting a dead man's heart using a fizzy drink and electrical cable was eye-opening, the episoe's two fight sequences were brutal affairs, and the pyrotechnics had a real kick to them, but all of that's a very technical appreciation. On a story and character level, there wasn't much going on here, and as a showcase for Ames, it wasn't particularly impressive -- partly because Ames herself melted into the background once Chance got involved on the heist.
- Ames's codename "London" was probably because Janet Montgomery is British. Incidentally, is her American accent good, viewers in the USA?
- I'm pretty sure the warehouse set used for the scene of the thieves planning their heist was the same set used throughout season 4 of Prison Break. The stairway of the museum also looked like the one used in Matrix Reloaded.
- I'm not sure the insertion of contemporary pop songs is helping this show. Or, perhaps more accurately, the choice of music can be suspect. Far East Movement's "Like A G6" basically killed a scene at one point.
- You may recognize actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim from 24 (where he played Colonel Dubaku in season 7), X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End.
WRITER: David Simkins
DIRECTOR: Paul A. Edwards
TRANSMISSION: 1 December 2010, Fox, 9/8c