Synopsis: In Jyu Sa. After a tip from Evan leads Nicky and Mia to a secret meeting between Juliette and a mysterious scientist, Nicky begins to question whether she should approach her relationship with Mia as a friend or a shifu. Elsewhere, Henry’s findings lead him to an expert that may be able to help decipher his research.
Following up on last week’s episode. Nicky having found Mia now has to figure out if she should be a friend or a shifu to her, which seems to be one of the main plot points of the week. The bigger picture sees Juliette Tan doing her father’s bidding by stealing some rare gems and sheet music for Russell Tan to use in his plans to destroy San Francisco. A scheme, which he needs Mia for as something in her blood has a certain reaction to the gems. But for a better chance of the Tans plan to work. They need to remove Henry from the equation.
Elsewhere in the story. Althea has an unexpected reunion with her old boss who sexually abused her. Additionally, we learn that her old boss was in a business partnership with Dennis’s father.
By far the strongest performance this week comes from Annie Q who channels her more menacing side as Juliette Tan. In the scene where she plays some sheet music knowing of its power to kill people who are not wearing ear guards was pretty chilling.
Olivia Liang fell a bit short of the mark this week, which I feel was partly to do with the writing. The whole thing of her being a friend or a shifu sort of got in the way of just telling the story. It overcomplicated things given that Nicky and Mia are supposed to be Cousins who have only just met. The interactions between Liang’s Nicky and Vanessa Yao’s seemed a little forced at times. Hopefully, this is just a blip.
It was nice to see Vanessa Kai return as the spirit of Nicky’s former Shifu and mentor Pei-Ling Zhang. But on the downside. This character seems to be doomed to exist only as a plot device from now on. A bit like Yoda in the original Star Wars movies.
Jyu Sa was a bit of an uneven episode, which may have tried to cram too many subplots into the main story. For example, as much as I love the characters Jin and Mei-Li Shen. The Launch Party of his community arts thing felt like it might have been better used as a backdrop or even a setting for any number of episodes. It was full of nice character moments for Nicky’s parents. But it didn’t really feel that important to the main driving narrative.
Overall. Not a bad hour, but not all that great either.
- CGI & Stunts9.0
- Incidental Music7.6