Title: "The Boone Identity"
First Aired: 1/28/07
Harry Dresden, Chicagoâ€™s most famous supernatural crime investigator since Carl Kolchak, gets mixed up with an ancient Egyptian artifact that allows a vicious killer to jump from one host body to another. The biggest felon in this convoluted mess of an episode, however, isnâ€™t Gus Boone, the monster-du-jour Drez faces off against. Itâ€™s whatever producer forgot to check with the showâ€™s Continuity Department and turned characters weâ€™ve barely come to know into completely different entities since last week’s premiere.
The shame of it is that this second installment of The Dresden Files starts out promisingly enough. Drez is summoned to a high-end antique shop by Harding, a dealer whose daughter Lisa was murdered during the theft of an object called The Lock of Anubis. (As any fan of Stargate SG-1 can tell you, the mere mention of that jackal-headed horrorâ€™s name is reason to fear that trouble awaits.) Lisaâ€™s spirit refuses to move on from the shop. At first, Drez does a doubting Dana Scully on Harding. That is, until he gets whapped upside the head by a vision of the girlâ€™s murder at the hands of bad guy Gus Boone. Drez does some digging and discovers that the police consider this case as dead as Boone himself, who sucked down a face full of lead soon after the theft while attempting to carjack millionaire businessman Edward Miller. Miller is a collector of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Hmmmâ€¦coincidence? Even more curious is the tattoo Drez spies on Millerâ€™s neck, a collection of glyphs identical to those on Boone. Through a series of deductions, Drez concludes that the Lock of Anubis allowed Boone to body-hop into Miller.
Last week when we met law-lady Connie Murphy, she was all too happy to have Drezâ€™s help solving the case of that skinned-alive corpse. This week, Connieâ€™s meds must be off. She swings into bitch-on-wheels territory when Drez seeks her help in the Harding murder case. Halfway through, the action ramps with Miller blowing his brains out and Boone hopping into Connieâ€™s body. While Drez manages to drive Boone out through the use of black magic and a voodoo doll, Boone-Connie was almost nicer than the shrewish Connie-Connie we are forced to endure this time around.
And whatâ€™s up with Drez himself? Forget that this swarthy All-American Joe is being portrayed by a very proper Brit, and that sometimes as a result of the switch in accents, it sounds like Harry Dresden is talking through a mouth of wet cotton after chugging down a twelve-pack. Drez’s passivity around Connie may be the biggest mystery of the entire episode.
Next up: A serial killer is preying on werewolves in the cheekily-titled â€œHair of the Dog.â€
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