Thursday, February 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: House of Lies

House of Lies: Season 4, Episode 5 “The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule” (B+)

There’s something about having a party outdoors that gives it the potential to be all the more volatile. That was certainly the case here, as Kahn and Associates continues to be a train wreck with Ellis at the center. There’s no way that this partnership is ever going to work, but to be honest both Ellis and Maya seem to be working incredibly hard to ensure their mutual destruction. I think they’re both equally strong characters, Ellis a pompous intellectual who chooses to be ignorant when it suits him best and Maya a determined visionary who won’t let anyone get in the way of what she wants to accomplish. Putting them together is almost as volatile as having Marty and Jeannie in the same place at the same time, always ready to sabotage each other purely for their own pleasure. There’s still something mesmerizing about seeing them work, when they’re able to stop fighting long enough to work their magic. Kelsey and Clyde are a terrific business team, but he crash-landed hard when he tried to be way too confident by making his move. That was a rare win for Doug, who deserved to come out on top after being tricked into sucking up to a teenager who he thought could be a major investor. Seeing the members of the pod all looking miserable at the table after each suffering a personal defeat was a confirmation that this group has sunk low, and it’s going to take a lot of perseverance and luck to get back to being relevant again.

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