After six grisly ritualistic slayings of sex workers in each location
of a Christian revival tour frustrated and terrified ministry aid
Sister Allison McKenzie (Barbara Williams) looks for help to discover
the source of the carnage. She turns to mysterious operative Stingray
(Nick Mancuso) - a man who is affordable because he trades his services
for the favors his clients are in unique position to provide. Those
favors seems invariably to be used to help other clients.
In a superficial exploration of spiritual themes we see a Christian
woman negotiate with a dark man of mystery (one who has almost
certainly killed) over a vague exchange of favors. It bears resemblance
to temptation from the devil. For his part Stingray appears to be
drawing redemption from past sins an act which if not holy is at very
But the subterfuge they employ together to allow him to infiltrate the
revival tour is of a kind a true Christian woman would almost certainly
frown upon. Stingray happens to be conspicuously adept at becoming
whatever he thinks he needs to be. In this episode he convincingly
poses as a preacher with crash preparation and no real religious faith
(Secular humanism does NOT count) to lean on. The ruse is of
questionable necessity if any to his goal though it costs him a big
favor from a past client to pull off.
When the compelling mystery finally unravels it is after resting
comfortably within some excellent red herrings. Flawed though it is,
this is one of my favourite episodes of the series. Barbara Williams
and Nick Mancuso are two of my favourite Canadian actors and among our
very best. They worked especially well together.
The episode illustrates an attempt at reconciliation between religious
teachings and their application in some very dark corners. The fine
line betwixt faith and fanaticism is also explored in a way few if any
network TV series would dare to try. This sets it apart from other
episodes in the series.
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