"Ancient Chinese Secret" which is hands down a fatal though convincing verdict for Backstrom, introduces a burgeoning romance within the squad, and reveals Gravely exhibiting some of her lieutenant's less attractive characteristics. But what about the... I mean... Where's the... Let me start again. After last episode's powerful reveal about the Lacy Siddon abduction
-- the case which unhinged Backstrom's psyche seven years ago -- some serious follow-up was in order, was it not? The continuity of that whole storyline seems to have stalled the hard-won momentum "Bogeyman" spurred. Or, did it? Could it be that the sticky strings binding the overarching drama together were simply of the more subtle variety this time round? Something to think about, without a doubt.
It seems at first glance that "Ancient Chinese Secret" fell victim to a serious case of schizophrenic scheduling. What the what? As logic would suggest, several episodes of a new show must be completely ready to air prior to the premiere. What can
be changed at the last moment, however, is the order in which those episodes appear on the schedule. This episode didn't seem to follow the previous one smoothly at all for me -- until I began to really think about it. More on this later; let's get into the case.