Private Eyes is Back!

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Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley as Angie Everett and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley as Angie Everett and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”



Private Eyes is back, and Angie Everett is in prison for espionage. Angie, played by  Cindy Sampson, is one of the two lead characters for the series. The other one, played by Jason Priestley, is former hockey player-come-private investigator Matt Shade. Priestley is best known for the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sampson is known for her work on Supernatural.

Private Eyes Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
Private Eyes Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

Second Season Recap

Is There a Trailer?

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the Private Eyes third season premiere, you might want to watch it before reading past this point.

Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson as Angie Everett in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson as Angie Everett in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

The Shawn Piller-directed “Catch Me If You Can,” televised in Canada on Global Wednesday, 29 May 2019, picks up the story began in the season two finale. In that finale, “Shadow of a Doubt,” the dynamic private investigative duo got played. This is the reason Angie is in prison at the beginning of the episode.

Screen Capture: Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson as Matt Shade and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson as Matt Shade and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

The narrative seen in the second season finale marked the one-year anniversary of Angie and Matt working together. How does that work? Does this mean the first and second seasons are set during the same twelve months? It certainly seems that way.

What’s Wrong with Private Eyes?

In a word, nothing. Private Eyes is a fun private investigator series with personable characters. There is something charmingly charismatic about the way Priestley presents his character. But is it distinctively Canadian? Many Australian and British productions are distinctive of their respective national identities because show-runners are looking to please domestic audiences. Can the same be said of Canadian productions? To a certain extent, yes. Do you recall The Listener?

Even though NBC dropped The Listener after only nine episodes, the series ran for five seasons. Despite the series not achieving high ratings in these United States, show-runners saw the value of The Listener because they were not seeking American approval. Interestingly, growing the time-slot significantly, Italy’s audience was significantly more appreciative of The Listener than Americans. What does, other than Ennis Esmer being in the cast for both productions, The Listener have to do with Private Eyes?

Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Detective Kurtis Mazhari in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Det. Kurtis Mazhari in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

Private Eyes is not The Listener by any stretch of the imagination; however, both shows work because of the casts and characters. There is an ineffable quality to the Private Eyes cast which makes viewers return to the series episode after episode.

“That was immensely satisfying”

Screen Capture: Jason Priestley, Colin Ferguson and Cindy Sampson, and as Matt Shade, Dominik Chambers and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Jason Priestley, Colin Ferguson and Cindy Sampson, and as Matt Shade, Dominik Chambers and Angie Everett, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

Was “Catch Me If You Can” as satisfying for you as it was for me? The awkwardly bumbling cops, except for Esmer’s Detective Kurtis Mazhari, are on Angie’s tail. With a little elegant driving, Angie gives Sergeant Ellis the slip. Repeatedly using a cattle prod style taser on Colin Ferguson’s character must have been satisfying, especially considering how he played Matt in the second season finale.

There is a ring of truth to what Dominik says to Angie. “Criminals don’t care that normal folks think they are criminals.” Why would criminals care what normal people think? If they did, they would not be criminals. Think about it.

There are times when people do care. If anything, Angie personifies this point in every episode of Private Eyes. As well as helping to prove her innocence, at the tail end of “Catch Me If You Can,” Angie gets to reunite a mother and daughter. It’s a feel-good moment that does not always play out in the real world, but then this is television. It isn’t reality.

You Really can Con a Con

Screen Capture: Jason Priestley as Matt Shade in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Jason Priestley as Matt Shade in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

Can you con a con? A commonly used phrase, “you can’t con a con,” suggests it’s not possible to con a con artist. Dana and Dominik must have thought their plan clever. When you think about it, it’s ingenious. Smuggling the hard drive out of the country with priceless Japanese antiques would have been a nice move if Angie and Matt had not figured out it out. The use of blank bullets and blood bags work nicely. Ellis gets the criminal and the hard drive. All’s well that ends well.

Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson and Laura Vandervoort as Angie Everett and Dana Edson, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Cindy Sampson and Laura Vandervoort as Angie Everett and Dana Edson, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

How Much of a Joke is IMDb?

Sometimes, seriously frustrating, the IMDb website is a complete waste of time. Each episode page should list all the acting talent seen in the production. IMDb should be comprehensive. It is not remotely close.

Screen Capture: Jordyn Negri and Jason Priestley as Jules Shade and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Jordyn Negri and Jason Priestley as Jules Shade and Matt Shade, respectively, in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

While there are references to the characters Sean Baek, Ennis Esmer, Caroline Lesley, Jean-Paul Najm and Laura Vandervoort play in the third season premiere, there is no mention of Jordyn Negri, Samantha Wan, Colin Ferguson and Lucas Bryant as Jules Shade, Zoe Chow, Dominik Chambers and Sergeant Ellis, respectively. Someone at either Corus Entertainment or IMDb should address this issue.

Screen Capture: Samantha Wan as Zoe Chow in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”
Screen Capture: Samantha Wan as Zoe Chow in the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can.”

Final Thoughts

Screen Capture: In the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can,” the business gets a new name.
Screen Capture: In the Shawn Piller-directed Private Eyes episode “Catch Me If You Can,” the business gets a new name.

Do Canadians seek American acceptance or is that something Americans tell themselves because they have not gotten over getting their collective butts kicked in 1812? Canadians had no interest in being American 200+ years ago and that has not changed. Canadians are perfectly fine being Canadians. They do not need to pretend being Americans.