I know many fans will hate me for this, but I was not impressed with the season 1 finale of Breakout Kings titled “Where in the World Is Carmen Vega.” There is no doubt that the episode is intense, however I didn’t like the fact that in solving the case our con-men are not in the top of their games.
For the whole episode, Shea and Erica are worried about their families. I salute Lloyd for being calm though he also thought of the idea of running at some point.
TV Fanatic: Vega started off as the grieving mother, but we quickly learned that not only did she use her son’s funeral to escape, she’s the one who ordered the hit. That won’t exactly win her mother of the year, but does make her worthy of running a Columbian drug cartel.
Shea waited an awfully long time before he told Charlie and Ray that Vega had his girlfriend Vanessa. He seemed to figure out early on that his contacts weren’t going to be able to help him. If capturing Carmen was his end game, why not enlist Charlie and Ray’s help?
Instead, he confided in his fellow cons and the fear just ran rampant. Erica was scared for her daughter’s safety and considered running, while poor Lloyd was terrified of the thought of being bounced back to maximum security.
The death of Carmen’s mole felt a little contrived. It would have had more impact if it was a character we’d already met before this episode. His words to Charlie were disconcerting. “It’s easy to justify Charlie because it happens slow. Bit by bit.” Could this be foreshadowing for next season?
There wasn’t as much humor or one-liners in this episode as we’ve seen in others, but I loved when they called out The Mayor for dropping the name Jose Rodriguez. “You throw a rock in Queens you’re going to hit a Jose Rodriguez,” Charlie quipped. He wasn’t kidding. I wondered if the 102,093 Jose Rodriguezes that Julianne found in the city was an accurate number? It wouldn’t surprise me a bit.
It was nice to see the cons confiding in one another a little more, even if it was based in fear. I could really feel Erica’s terror over her daughter being in danger and how trapped Lloyd must have felt being caught in the middle. However, my favorite was Julianne. For a character with such perceived weakness, she certainly found her inner strength when it counted.
The end scene with the team bonding over beers was perfect. I love this scene!
Even though I’m not that impressed with the season 1 finale of Breakout Kings I’m still hoping that this show will be renewed. Let there be season 2 because fans are surely wanting for more.
You can check Breakout Kings Season 1 Reviews and Spoilers HERE.