Sunday, March 9, 2014

Round Two: The Red Road

The Red Road: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Wolf and the Dog” (B)

After an intriguing start last week, this show continued with a second installment that was much more narrowly-focused than I had expected. Jean’s nighttime drive was on everyone’s mind, and hardly stayed under the radar the way that it should have given the conversation that Harold and Phillip had at the end of the pilot. I think that their interactions are by far the best part of this show, since both men come with their own baggage but also a strict loyalty to where they came from. Phillip calling up Harold at the station when the victim’s father went to look at the car was a direct move that indicates that these two are going to be thick as thieves going forward. That’s a fearsome thing considering how Phillip dealt with something that could be described as a mere annoyance, being tailed by a deputy of his father’s, and let’s just hope his business sense is able to quell his anger if Harold ever upsets him. Watching Jean try to give a statement was painful, and it’s clear that there’s much more at play here than just a grieving alcoholic. I don’t really like actually hearing a dead person’s words as Jean thinks she hears them, and seeing her almost climb out the window was very creepy. I’m still compelled to continue watching this show, and given that we’re now exactly one-third of the way through the season, I think that it could still go plenty of worthwhile and eye-opening places.

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