In Review: Blood & Treasure – Code of the Hawaladar

Danny poses as an arms dealer to extract information from a middleman used by terrorist Karim Farouk

Synopsis: Danny poses as an arms dealer to extract information from a middleman used by terrorist Karim Farouk.

Review: Danny and Lexi begin to realize some of the potential implications of Farouk’s plans in this intriguing episode of the series.

The Story

Danny and Lexi are continuing to work alongside Roman Authorities and Interpol in their efforts to track Farouk and a tip-off leads them to a ledger of antiquities with information that leads them to one of Farouk’s safe houses. While working in Rome. Danny and Lexi are staying with Father Chuck who is reluctant to have them stay due to Lexi’s background as a master thief.

They eventually come across a clue that proves that the Nazi’s had possession of Cleopatra’s sarcophagus and took it to Germany in 1944.

The Acting

Yet again Sofia Pernas steals the show with her mix of wit, sex appeal, and sass. I particularly enjoyed the scene at Chuck’s place where she immediately makes herself at home. She also has a great scene with Chuck midway through the episode in which Mark Gagliardi unravels a few layers of the character as he talks to Lexi about how he grew up with Danny.


This episode builds onto the story arc as Danny and Lexi get slightly close to finding Farouk, but it seems they are not aware that he has already found them. So we have an interesting cat and mouse dynamic happening.

Thus far am liking the Nazi connection to the artifacts and how that element of the story has been used to inform Farouk’s plans. Whatever they may be.

Although Sofia Pernas is properly selling us her role as Lexi. Matt Barr seems to be a little behind the curve on revealing who Danny is thus far, but he is beginning to warm up as more is gradually revealed about Danny. That said, it feels like many of the supporting characters are more interesting than the two leads.

Overall. An entertaining hour with some fun performances.

Blood & Treasure - Code of the Hawaladar
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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