I was very much surprised that no one has yet reviewed "The Mask"; it's one of the best ones I've seen yet! (I'm new at this whole DS thing; started from the middle of first season.) The whole episode is a delight from start to finish--the "fish out of water" humour (wonderfully accentuated by the presence of Eric), the moral ambiguity of the search, the little touches of fantasy... The marvelous Due South subtlety is at work here, from Ray's palpable disbelief at suddenly being surrounded by *two* exasperating Canadians, to Fraser's vision in the sweatlodge, to, at the end, a scene that fully humanizes the impossibly perfect-seeming Mountie. It's obvious who got the original masks. It's equally obvious that Fraser--yes, Fraser himself, sworn to uphold the law no matter what the personal cost is--doesn't care. Well done all around.
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