's summer run has officially begun and, like you guys, I'm enjoying the ride so far. This show has been a labor of love for the people who made it, and it's great to see the show find such a devoted fan base after just two episodes. The fact that so many of you have started forming theories about Will Traveler and the Drexler Bombing has me fired up about where the show is heading. This interaction is one of the great hallmarks of the "cloak-and-dagger" genre, where individuals are placed into situations where their actions become representative of entire governments and political climates. And the audience starts asking what they would do if they were in that situation. Whom would you trust? How would you react? And most importantly for
, where would you run?
I was watching a great show on the History Channel this week called
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed
. (OK, OK. Now that I've admitted to being a
fan, you might be picturing me as a dude who spends most of his day in his bathrobe. But I assure you, I am wearing pants as I type this at 2 pm.) This show talked about the genesis of the
story line and how it reflected the times in which it was created. A time when America was locked in a war it wasn't sure it could win. A time when the American government had lost the trust of its people. A time when American values were changing. Hmmm. Sounds a lot like today, right?
Well, I won't even attempt to draw a parallel between
and something as sacred as
. But the climate of uncertainty in the '70s also led to some of the greatest cloak-and-dagger thrillers ever made, specifically
Three Days of the Condor
. Movies that both entertained their audiences and made them think about the world in which they lived. This mantle has been passed down to television in the 21st century, with shows like
, as well as
The West Wing
, taking an active role in reflecting society's unease with its current political leadership. Now, let me point out, this is not something divided down the party line of Democrats and Republicans. Regardless of party affiliation, it's getting harder to believe that one voice can make a difference in today's democracy. And that last idea will become key to
As for the near future, things will get tougher for Jay and Tyler before they start getting easier. As you saw in "The Retreat" (which is available to stream on
if you missed it on Wednesday), Jay and Tyler's Carlton Fog safety valve is no longer an option. That Mystery Man behind the Drexler Bombing, so perfectly played by the chilling
, infiltrated Carlton's estate and nearly killed Jay and Tyler.
So where do you go now? Do you head for the border? Spend your life on the run, knowing that someday you'll awaken to find a man with a gun entering your musty hotel room in Argentina? Or do you turn back and fight? Try to figure out who you're dealing with and how to stop them? By now you know our two guys. You know that Jay and Tyler will head back to Yale. To New Haven. The place where this all began and the title of this week's episode.
In "New Haven" you can look forward to learning more about Jay and Tyler's lives at Yale. You'll get a chance to see the FBI in action as they leave New York and follow their fugitive's growing trail of evidence while the Marlow/Chambers rift widens. And yes, there will be more Will Traveler. The enigma. An individual whose actions might one day have a lot to say about the world in which we live.
Enjoy the show. Continue to spread the word. And for those looking for some fun
stuff on the web, check out
. And please keep the questions coming. Next blog entry will be a Q&A based on your comments from the last three blogs!
See you down the road,