'Blood and Treasure' flits smoothly between mystery and white-collar crime in the art world

'Blood and Treasure' flits smoothly between mystery and white-collar crime in the art world

Spoilers ahead for 'Blood and Treasure' premiere episodes

From the mystery of where lovers Cleopatra and Anthony are buried to white-collar crimes, specifically art theft, CBS's new show 'Blood and Treasure' flits between the two smoothly.

The show which premiered with two episodes introduces us to an interesting plot - that of archeologist Anna Castillo (Alicia Coppola) who has been researching about the resting place of Queen Cleopatra and her lover Anthony, and how she finally finds it.

Weirdly enough, her research leads her to a pyramid which is at least 2,000 years older than Cleopatra's death. When she reaches the insides of the tomb she comes across only one sarcophagus and two bodies and she sees that something is off.

Matt Barr as Danny McNamara, Sofia Pernas as Lexi Vaziri in 'Blood and Treasure'. (Source: CBS)



But before she could inform the Egyptian government and her own, the researcher is kidnapped and the pyramid is blown up. Media calls it a terror attack, but her mentee Danny McNamara's (Matt Barr) associates do not agree. 

Anna and Danny's common associate Jay reaches out to Danny to help him track her down and retrieve the stolen treasure.

However, neither Jay nor Danny is aware that Anna only found one sarcophagus, and it did not belong to Cleopatra. To help his job, Danny reaches out to Lexi Vaziri (Sofia Pernas), an accomplished art thief to help him out.

The premise is intriguing and as the episode unravels, we see that the show balances the scales of being a show about treasure hunting/white collar crime in a nifty manner. It is the addition of the terror angle to the story that leads 'Blood and Treasure' to an interesting space.

From the premiere episodes, we see that there will be a lot of action, of the variety that Lexi seems to be super excited about. She is the rebel and Danny is her cause, in certain cases, even her moral compass.


Lexi Vaziri and Aiden Shaw, in a still of 'Blood and Treasure' premiere episode. (Source: CBS)


For instance, when Danny initially approaches her to ask for help, he prods and pokes about all that is right and wrong before Lexi agrees to help but not before she negotiates a handsome price for work done in the future.

Their equation so far is interesting and the repartee is amusing.

However, it is yet to be seen whether the show builds layers over the season? That's something we would have to wait and watch. 

This brings us to the role of other players in the show. For instance, we will be seeing a lot of Danny and Lexi in the future episodes, but we will also see arms dealer Aiden Shaw (Michael James Shaw), Interpol agent Gwen Karlsson (Katia Winter), who play important roles and their character arc would be something to watch out. 


'Blood and Treasure' airs on Tuesdays at 9 pm EST on CBS.

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