We’re here! Following the previous episode, The Rookie 4×20 “Enervo” is the resolution of the two-part special event and we get to know Simone a lot more… to the detriment of our favorite characters. Time for a review!
Here we go!
Paradoxically, Simone had more prominence in The Rookie 4×20 “Enervo” than in the previous episode called “Simone.” And that confirms what I wrote last week. I could literally copy and paste my previous review into this post and every word would apply to this episode (yes, now I see that it would have been best to do a single review for both parts).
Simone works, her family works, her relationship with her new partner works, and even her bond with The Rookie characters works. And we love her. However, we feel like we missed out on two episodes here. Two episodes of The Rookie were wasted to introduce a possible spinoff with Simone as the leading lady.
And The Rookie has its own storylines to focus on before the finale. Can everything go too fast now in this show? Because let’s remember, they’re only two episodes left for the season finale. Perhaps, these two episodes, wasted in presenting a possible new series, would have been necessary to develop the plots of this show.
That unnerves me. Because everything could be great if it had been the other way around. Just imagine it. I mean, the right thing to do would have been to risk making Simone’s pilot episode with The Rookie characters in it (so it appeals to the show’s fandom) but outside of The Rookie regular season. Because we love Simone, she has potential…but we don’t love feeling like she took time away from the important plotlines of our show.
So we’re full-on Simone… but we need her on her own show. We do sign up for a crossover from time to time, though.
Thus, there is little to say about The Rookie 4×20 “Enervo” beyond what we saw on our screens. And that’s not good because it shows how little character development we saw beyond introducing Simone and the case. We only have three points to make.
Simone and Agent Fox work…in more ways than one. This duo was what we enjoyed the most about The Rookie 4×20 “Enervo.” The two fit because they complement each other.
Agent Fox needs to be more like Simone in the sense of following her instinct, even if it deviates from the rules. And Simone needs to be more like Fox in the sense of learning to follow protocol more and be more formal in the FBI way. In Simone’s series, these two are going to be a bomb. Just like Simone and her father, a dichotomy that we still find very interesting.
The villain was too easy to catch. That’s probably because the show established that this villain was so good and so capable of doing everything without getting caught, that the capture felt completely anticlimactic. I was disappointed in a big way.
Speaking of the villain, as the third point, where are the backups when they’re needed? We don’t believe that Simone and Nolan went after a mass murderer alone, without backup and that backup arrives when all the action and danger is over. The logical thing would be to mount an operation. So the capture of the villain is not only too quick and anticlimactic but also very poorly planned.
And that’s it, folks. I would really like to write more but The Rookie 4×20 “Enervo” is not enough to write more. Again, this is an episode that won’t work for you if you’re hoping to see a regular episode of The Rookie.
However, it might work if you’re just hoping to see the second part of an introductory episode of another show. For us, it didn’t end up working like that either. Simone was great but the resolution of the case that brought her into our lives didn’t make sense.
With this episode, The Rookie has already tried to be something it is not four times (“Real Crime,” “True Crime,” “Simone,” and “Enervo”). And, as we always tell you, stepping out of its comfort zone for a show is fine, but trying to be something that it’s not is not ok and it never works out very well.
Personally, I can’t wait for The Rookie to be itself again next week. And you?