Rainn Wilson continues his portraiture of Backstrom in "Bella." This episode delivered a Backstrom who was difficult to find redeemable... until the very last moments. As viewers have yet to fully invest in this character, a more provocative (likable) character display would have made more sense so early on in the season. Nonetheless, Backstrom's disdain for the bullies and his thirst for revenge is understandable and entertaining even though he presents as crazed throughout most of the episode.
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While pursuing a serial arsonist who's heading toward using children as Roman candles, Backstrom and his team interact with two of his least favorite people in the world: fire fighters Nick and Sam D'Agostino. While Backstrom insists upon nailing the two professional heroes for both larceny and arson, Gravely insists on focusing solely on the arson, causing a division within the team. Throughout is the sense that Backstrom has gone off the deep end as a result of his obsession with revenge on his childhood tormenters. Finally, when he is at his lowest, he shares a human moment eliciting the sage advice of colleague John Almond and, surprisingly, follows it.