Thursday, April 11, 2019

What I’m Watching: Barry (Season Premiere)

Barry: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Show Must Go On, Probably?” (B+)

This was one of my favorite new shows last year, and I didn’t realize that it was coming back at this time. It’s off to a solid start, and, earlier this week, it got renewed for a third season. I like that there’s some ambiguity about what happened with Detective Moss, and Barry was stressing that no one knows that’s she actually dead. The enthusiasm with which he was trying to make sure that the show went on was somewhat inspiring, though people didn’t seem to be into it. After he was putting on an accent at his day job, pissing off his British boss played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste from “The Good Place,” Barry made a compelling case to Gene, who in typical fashion cancelled the show without offering any refunds, by talking about what happened in the war. He is sharing more and more about himself, and he seems to be in a good place with Sarah. Unfortunately, his focus on his newfound professional career has led him to be careless, prompting a footage connection that may well put him right in the detectives’ crosshairs. I am happy to see Sarah Burns from “Married” as Detective Mae. I was happiest to get to see Noho Hank, who described with such admiration his friendship with Cristobal and then got much more serious when Barry didn’t want to give him the time of day after he saved him from the mob. Fuches is making enough messes for himself on his own, and it doesn’t seem like it will be easy to weasel his way out of his present situation.

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