Monday, May 11, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Red Road (Season Finale)

The Red Road: Season 2, Episode 6 “Shadow Walker” (B+)

This may well be the last episode this show ever broadcasts, which would be a shame since I think that it is definitely headed to very interesting places. Starting in the middle of the action with Philip and Harold running towards Junior in the woods didn’t end in a bad place since all three of them made it home safe, but there was plenty of volatility going on by the time they got there. Jean confronting her father about what he did to Brian and then trying to suffocate him was nothing compared to not calling 911 and letting him die of a heart attack. Jean comparing Junior to Philip rather than Harold while talking to Rachel provided some enlightening insight into her perspective on two very different men in her life. Harold has his hands full with everyone blaming the Lenape for poisoning the water and tensions preparing to explode, and the Lenape themselves appeared ready to bring a case against the government for their contribution to the poisoning. Philip was fortunately on his toes when Junior’s father paid him a visit, and the fact that he offered him money to spare his life right before Philip killed him was a crucial sign that he doesn’t have principles, just a desire to be rich and remain alive. Philip solving one problem in his life wasn’t enough, as he showed up to find Junior shot and Marie, a great character on this show, dead. Things were in miserable shape at the start of this season, and I can only imagine how desolate they’ll be when this show returns for a hopefully existent third season.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Jason Mamoa as Philip

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