Monday, March 31, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Red Road

The Red Road: Season 1, Episode 5 “The Great Snake Battle” (B+)

With just one episode to go, I think we’re finally on the right track here. Philip made a very deliberate play to get his father framed for the murder of the college kid, though unfortunately that didn’t work out so well given that he was fully prepared for the presence of two cops who didn’t know what hit them. Getting accused of being a dirty cop was obviously too much for Harold to take, and coming clean to his father-in-law to ensure that Jeannie would be fully protected from whatever fallout there was from Philip’s threats was brave and smart (though a little too late to be truly redemptive). It’s a bad time for that news given that Jeannie was on the upswing, cooking Harold a celebratory breakfast and telling him that she just wanted to be told the truth. Being furious at Harold for lying to her was understandable, though Harold reacted even more poorly because he’s gone so far to protect her. He did unknowingly make her think that she’s crazy by lying about Philip being at the house, and so he’s far from innocent in this situation. Philip continues to be a compelling character, telling Junior the story of how he accidentally killed another kid when he was younger. Now he’s going to have to act fast to escape Mike’s ghost and his final calls to two important people in his life as well as the wrath of Harold, who is not happy to see a guilty man go free.

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