Samson's in Management's trailer, flipping though the Gospel of Matthias, when Ben enters and declares, "I got it figured out." Oh, good. Ben says they have to go west: "I felt him out there." Samson dryly says, "Is that a fact?" Ben, whose gifts from Management did not include the ability to detect irony, enthuses that if they hurry, they might be able to catch up. Samson asks who exactly they're catching, and Ben explains that if they follow "the bald fella," they'll find the Usher. Samson sniffs, "If you're so powerful, you bring him back." Ben frowns as he finally realizes that Samson's not quite on board with the mission yet. Samson asks what Ben did with Management, and shows Ben the sheet that used to cover the body. Ben huffs that there's no time for this, and finally sighs, "He...he, uh, ascended," and gestures upward. Heh. I like Nick Stahl. Samson asks what that's supposed to mean. Ben babbles, "He went up to, I don't know, to heaven." He's less than convincing. Which is why I like Nick Stahl. Samson, eyes wide, tells Ben, "I want you out of here, goddammit." Ben insists that he needs Samson's help, although this does raise the question of why, if it's so urgent, Ben doesn't just grab a truck and go on by himself. Samson unfolds the sheet and shrieks, "Look at what you killed, you ignorant hayseed!" On the sheet is a brown image of Management's face, à la the Shroud of Turin. Near tears, Samson yells, "Don't you see what he was?" Buck up, Samson: you can charge people two bits to look at that thing. Ben snaps, "I know exactly what he was, 'cause that's what I am!" Samson goggles, and finally says, "Well, there's one thing he was that you ain't. My friend." Which is odd, since I got the impression that Samson liked Management about as much as Ben did. I guess there were some scenes we didn't see where Management really did put on little puppet shows to entertain Ben and Samson. On the other hand, Samson's "You may be a super-powered deity, but I won't help you move" tone is kind of entertaining. After a long beat, Samson sneers that he'll help Ben if Ben brings Management back. And then he stomps out. The thing is, I had assumed that we, and Ben, were kept in the dark so that there would be a dramatic "all becomes clear" moment. And I suppose that there was one for Ben, but not for the audience. Ben saying that he figured things out is funny, because he didn't figure anything out. There was no learning process; he was given knowledge magically, and now he's Ford Prefect. I just don't understand why they went through contortions to avoid explaining things for so long just to set up some scenes full of exposition.
Episode Report CardStrega: A | 1184 USERS: B-
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