TV Review - Deception (2018)
Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life) stars as Cameron Black, a magician in the broadest sense. He refers to himself as the world's greatest illusionist. He does everything from card tricks to escape acts. He even made an airplane disappear. He had a TV show, which he did live from Las Vegas. Now, he's a consultant for the FBI office in New York City. Blindspot also had an unconventional consultant for the FBI in Manhattan.
Gero had fun in building a puzzle and connecting the dots. That, in addition to the martial arts and gun-play made the series extremely fun. Fedak has his fun too. A lot of that fun is deconstructing Cameron's magic tricks and him and his team figuring out ways to use them to help the FBI solve crimes unrelated to his twin's incarceration. The fact that a magician has a twin or a clone is an idea from The Prestige (2006), which is a far better deconstruction of what illusionists do.
This series is less about the business of magic. It really runs with the premise of cops pulling tricks or illusions in order to catch criminals. Essentially, cops already pull tricks to catch criminals. They're called going undercover and sting operations. The fact that Cameron and his team can perform sleight of hand gives them some kind of advantage, but we'll have to see how far Fedak can stretch that so-called advantage.
Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions and She's Gotta Have It) is African American and she's the co-lead of this series. She plays Kay Daniels, a NYPD-turned-FBI agent. She reveals that her sister died of a drug overdose, so she understands what it's like to lose a sibling. She promises to help Cameron get his twin back or at least out of jail. Most likely, the end of this season will be her doing just that, but we'll see how Fedak keeps it going. Gero found ways to keep his series going despite having what seemed like a limited premise.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Sundays at 10PM on ABC.