by Matt Sernaker, Managing Editor
Breaking In continues it’s sophomore season with this week’s episode “The Blind Sided”, where the team from Contra Security must track down and apprehend the malicious (and talented) hacker known as Rembrandt. When it is revealed that this uber-genius turns out to be a 14 year old prodigy named Jamal, Veronica decides to bring him to Contra as their new intern, to give her a Blind Side moment (yes it is exactly what you think… and acknowledged in the show). Now the team must find a way to overcome by utilizing their special skill sets to help move Jamal away from a negative life path…if it’s the last thing they do.
“The Blind Sided” features a guest appearance by Bobb’e J. Thompson (30 Rock, Role Models), as Rembrandt. Some of the best moments from the episode come from Thompson as he clashes with the Contra team, adding Thompson’s usual brand of humor to an already impressive comedic group of individuals.
With a few of the main cast members unavailable for the full season, the creative team has made good use of it’s second tier background characters (I.E. Creepy Carol, Buddy, and Ricky) to help fill the void. We all have certain individuals that we work with that fit these stereotypes, and it’s nice to see the writers putting these characters to good use.
Since the show started, fans have been wondering if Cam and Melanie would actually get together (pulling a Ross and Rachel “will they or won’t they” since the pilot episode). Cash attempts to help his friend win the girl by creating a life-sized metal statue of Melanie for Cam to give as a gift, but this token of affection is not taken so well by Mel. While staking out their target, things start to heat up for the two as the accidentally fall into a cuddle moment…followed by a mid-rain kiss with the best soundtrack available. Things start to look up for Cam, but he soon learns the hard way that we can’t always get what we want. While this development has been a long time coming, it is somewhat frustrating that Melanie would just take off when we have seen her engage in a relationship in the past. It feels somewhat forced, but it still works for the overall dynamic of the series…We hope that Odette Annable is not gone for very long, as her contribution to this team’s dynamic has been fantastic since day one.
Three episodes into the second season, Breaking In continues to excel with some fantastic writing and quality character development. If you aren’t watching this show, you are missing out.
ComicsOnline gives Breaking In “The Blind Sided” 4.5 Girls with Yoda Ears at Comic-Con 2009 out of 5.
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