Sunday, March 3, 2019

What I’m Watching: Black Monday

Black Monday: Season 1, Episode 5 “243” (B)

I didn’t know much about Michael Milken other than that he was the namesake of the high school my wife went to in Los Angeles, and I wasn’t entirely sure if he was real or not given how much of this show seems to be exaggerated and fictionalized (I’m never really sure what is and what isn’t). The invitation to the secret party hosted by three different people purporting to be Not Michael Milken, one of whom was played by Fred Melamed, turned out to be nothing more than an introduction to people who Mo already knew and had angered enough with his constant insinuation of their incest that they were more than eager to find a way to screw him over when presented with the opportunity. Dawn is a master negotiator in many ways, but using their readiness to get something that put him at a disadvantage led her to casually share the very damaging information that enabled them to buy his debt. I do like Ken Marino and I’m glad to see that the Lehman brothers are going to take on a more prominent role on this show going forward. It was interesting to see that the SEC, at least in this version of history, has its own version of hazing not too dissimilar to how Keith was treating Blair, and the secret of Keith’s sexuality that he spilled thinking no one around them spoke English may well lead to the downfall of the whole organization, and Keith at the very least. I also appreciated the spot-on casting of Bruce Dern as Mo’s mentor.

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