Synopsis: When Rufus and Jiya add a fourth seat to the Lifeboat, for the first time ever, Connor Mason joins the team as they travel back to the dusty backroads and smoky juke joints of the Depression-era South to rescue the life and legacy of Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues, Godfather of Rock n’ Roll and a man who, legend has it, brought his musical genius from the Devil for the price of his soul. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher keeps Wyatt in the present to execute a dangerous raid on Rittenhouse headquarters.
Review: The team goes way back down to the Mississippi Delta in order to save the Blues and preserve the legend that is the late Robert Johnson.
As both a guitarist and casual musician and someone who appreciates the Blues and many other forms of music. I was episode looking forward to this episode and it didn’t disappoint.
Having the team made up of four members was a huge advantage for this story and having Connor Mason on the team proved to be a great asset given that his character is literally at the crossroads in his life. For those that are not aware of Robert Johnson and his contribution to popular music. Put it this way. Without Robert Johnson. We’d have likely never have seen the birth of Rock N Roll, Modern Blues, Jazz or any of the modern music we have today. His music influenced tons of people and he was one of the many blues players that inspired the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton to name a few.
As ever the episode riffs on the story of Robert Johnson and his making deal with the devil at the crossroads. The devil gets his soul and Johnson gets fame and fortune. It’s a great story and a fantastic mythology that gives Blues music a lot more authenticity than other music genres.
We get brilliant acting performances out of Patterson Joseph as Connor Mason who is wide-eyed and bowled over by meeting his hero. And we also get a nice performance and a pretty good vocal rendition of ‘Crossroad’ from Kamahl Naiqui as Robert Johnson.
The B – Storyline this week involves Wyatt going a mission to try and take down Rittenhouse, which inadvertently allows for Lucy and Flynn to become a little closer. Pryia has another one of her premonitions, and this one, in particular, is a big one that she cannot really keep to herself.
Overall. This was a really enjoyable episode and the fact that Lando Calrissian, which is Conor Mason’s chosen alias got to record Robert Johnson warms the cockles in this Star Wars fans heart. Of course, in reality, it was Don Law that recorded most the Blues Artists from the Mississippi Delta and recorded the late artist back in 1936.
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