The coffee in Boston's FBI offices must be a really special kind of black sludge, capable of turning ordinary investigators into relentless machines. Or maybe Special Agent Erica Reed has just transcended the need for rest or relaxation, for a mere day after the traumatic events of The Hangman, she's back at work, solving another gruesome case.
Cognition's second episode, The Wise Monkey, has clearly been developed by a team growing in confidence. It's a tightly-paced thriller, more comfortable in its homage to televised serial police dramas than its predecessor. Yet, sacrifices have been made to keep up the tension, and some missing elements stop this from being the significant improvement it could have been, leaving it lacking in the characters and relationships that make dramas compelling.