Monday, March 24, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Red Road

The Red Road: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Bad Weapons” (B)

This episode redefined the relationship between Harold and Philip as one of absolute necessity, where both parties made perfectly clear that they did not like each other. Philip taunting Harold over the phone was a particularly bad moment, and he had no trouble punching Harold in the face when he showed up only shortly afterwards to warn him that the DEA was right behind him, ready to arrest Philip. Harold is clearly in over his head, since other law enforcement agencies are on to the fact that he should not have let Mike go when he arrested him, and I don’t know if Mike’s death is actually going to change his circumstances all that much. Mike unfortunately brought his fate upon himself by bragging about how he killed the missing college student. Philip telling him to empty the bullets out of the gun before he handed it over and then was promptly choked out was cold, and you can tell that he knows what he’s doing, making sure not to acknowledge or say anything when Junior was telling him what he knew about Mike’s actions and asking for clarification on every point. Jean made it back home okay to a relatively normal home, and Rachel is definitely in better shape now that she’s not head over heels in love with Junior, trying to take her life back and ensure that she isn’t destroyed by him. It’s Harold who’s unraveling, unable to accept the news of Jean’s condition. Things are only going to get worse in the season’s final two episodes.

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