TV Recap: Dig, ‘Catch You Later’

Written by Marley Ghizzone

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Catch You Later Plot Summary:

Peter (Jason Isaacs), with help from Detective Cohen (Ori Pfeffer), delves deeper into the mystery connecting killer Yussef Khalid (Omar Metwally) and the dead American woman, Emma Wilson (Alison Sudol.)

The best part of the second episode of Dig, was once again in New Mexico. Debbie (Lauren Ambrose) is the emotional tether that keeps me connected to the show. She struggles to handle the loss of Josh 1 (Zen McGrath,) the disillusionment with the cause she has been working for for years, and the emotional support needed by Josh 2 (Zen McGrath).

Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood/USA Network)
Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood/USA Network)

There is so much happening within this one hour of television and yet I have absolutely no clue what is going on. If I didn’t have a slight background knowledge from previews, trailers, and reviews about Dig being about an apocalypse, I would be even more wildly confused than I am now.

This episode did not expand upon our very shallow characters, nor did it further the plot. Everything that happened felt like Fred Flintstone running in place. In this particular episode we are pulled back and forth from one storyline to another in abrupt and seemingly random orders. “Catch You Later” was filled with too much information and too many storylines. The episode felt rushed and fast-paced, but nothing was explained. We, as an audience, are not being given any reason to come back.

This is only the second episode of a ten episode series but I do not have much faith they will turn it around. There is a frantic need to stuff every cliched action/thriller gimmick along with every plotline that will eventually (hopefully) explain what is going on into a single 45 minute slot.

Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/USA Network
Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/USA Network

The most glaring example is at the end of the episode when Peter (Isaacs) is chasing Khalid (Metwally) through an underground tunnel- the second chase scene in a poorly lit underground cave-like area might I add. We are subjected to a bunch of shots playing with light and shadows. Peter draws his gun as Khalid runs in the background like a darting shadow prince. This happens multiple times, until Khalid breaks out someway I missed, because it was so dark and shaky, and out onto the street.

The cliches continue when Ambassador Ruth Ridell (Regina Taylor) is called out of a dinner party and walks down numerous hallways. She looks menacing as she glides out of the elevator and into her darkened office where Khalid walks up behind her (from the shadows again.)

With all these problems though, this episode is slightly better than last week’s if only because I wasn’t completely distracted by weird things. Besides that “Catch You Later”  was trying way too hard. Let’s see if next week will be toned down on cliches and toned up on plot development.

Rating: 4 out of 10

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Marley Ghizzone is the current music editor and former Breaking News Editor for The Pop Break. Aside from writing news, Marley reviews television shows and the odd film. Pop culture is her drug of choice and her talents include binge watching entire seasons of TV shows obsessively fast and crying over fictional characters. Marley is a graduate of Rowan University. Follow her on twitter: @marleyveee