Believe: Season 1, Episode 2

Beginner's Luck (I) (16 Mar. 2014)

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FBI Agent Elizabeth Farrell is in charge of tracking down death row escapee William Tate but is informed by the Director of the FBI that for reasons unknown, Bo Adams is traveling with him. He makes it clear that Bo is far more important than Tate and Farrell is subsequently briefed by geneticist Roman Skouris about her abilities. Bo and Tate meanwhile are on their way to the safe house in Philadelphia but have to stop in Atlantic City on the way. They have no money - something they rectify by having Bo help Tate at the craps table. Bo decides to help a waitress whose 5 year-old son is quite ill but Farrell and her team are quickly homing on them. Written by garykmcd

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With the government now involved in the search for Bo, you are left questioning if Skouras is truly as much of a villain as he seems.
4 May 2014 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt this is a Touch clone, or at the very least inspired, but with Believe not having to deal with a TV star who commands too much which burdens the budget, consider this a reboot of the first season with a more likable child star and a more lovable dad. However, in this reboot, though albeit not officially, I think between Bo being presented as naïve and the growing love Tate seemingly will develop through her, while it maybe easy to compare this to Touch, it will likely far surpass it.

Topic 1: A Villain, or Misunderstood?

In this episode we get to see Roman Skouras a bit more as he begins to involve federal agents into his search to retrieve Bo. He even exposes his operation "Project Orchestra" to the federal agents in which we meet a weaker telekinetic named Shawn who is able to move massive blocks to mimic Lego figures he makes. And with us meeting Shawn we are presented a complicated man who has all the requirements of being a villain, but gives you enough pause to wonder if he is truly evil?

The reason I say this is, be it obsession or really caring for Bo, it seems like he is emotionally, and not financially, invested in her. And despite Winter's betrayal, he almost seems more hurt from a lost of brotherhood than stolen property. And even on that note, Skouras goes out of his way to make sure Bo is noted as a child, which sort of defies how most villains of shows like this talk. Making it hard to tell if maybe Skouras is this wicked man we saw in the first episode.

However, it was noted by Dr. Boyle, who replaced Winter, most of the people they house like Bo have various issues. So, it makes it really difficult to fully comprehend whether Skouras runs an evil empire for despite Shawn's issues, he doesn't seem sedated or traumatized. He is just a bit aloof. Making me wonder how the rest of the people are with abilities? Did Winter take Bo because he feared their method of training would create mental trauma, perhaps like Jodie had in Beyond: Two Souls, or maybe Skouras might actually be the evil one in some sort of twist?

Topic 2: Off to Philly We Go

With the first stop in Atlantic City, albeit not one Tate really wanted to have, we get to witness how Tate shall begin as a caregiver. And I say begin because, despite him trying to keep Bo at a certain distance, as she begins to feel some type of attachment to him, he ends up giving in near the end of the episode. However, being that Tate is a bit rough around the edges, and doesn't know Bo is his kid, he does begin to think about how he can use Bo to his advantage, like for gambling.

But, all can't be fun and games for a man named Marcus Greco, the replacement for last episode's tracker, is on his trail and, in a very strange move, beats the hell out of Tate, and Bo, I guess in shock, just goes with Greco without a scream or resistance. Luckily though, Tate seems to make comebacks like Goku on Dragon Ball Z and seemingly always ends up beating the hell out of the tracker. However, with him wanted and an Amber Alert on Bo, there is only so much Tate can do. Luckily though, Winter and Channing save him from being arrested, and seemingly they will be prepped to run another day.

Topic 3: Meet Bonnie

Like with the first episode, and probably future episodes, we meet a random strange who comes into contact with Bo and because of said meeting, their life changes. In this episode, a waitress at the casino named Bonnie is met. She is a sweet woman, working 80 hours a week to help her son battle Leukemia and she is kind to Bo while Tate uses her abilities to win $30,000 playing craps. But, with Bo meeting Jessie, Bonnie's 5 year old son, and getting some chance to have a childhood, she does what she thinks is right. So, when Tate asks for his winning, Bo tells him that since she was the reason he won, it was her money and she gave it away. Making it so Bonnie now has $30,000 to help pay for an experimental bone marrow transplant to possibly save her boy, and we begin to see how Bo is likely to operate in the future.


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