Saturday, May 25, 2019

What I’m Watching: Barry (Season Finale)

Barry: Season 2, Episode 8 “berkman block” (B+)

There’s a switch that seems to go off in Barry’s brain when he goes into an operation with just one aim in mind, and it’s mesmerizing to watch. Esther recognized him when he came in screaming for Fuches and he just shot her, targeting anyone who stood in his way after that. Barry’s inability to help Hank when he called him was the perfect in for Fuches, who hilariously strolled out to talk to Cristobal and Esther while they tried to figure out if he was actually talking to them since they couldn’t hear anything. Fuches lamenting his own split with Barry was sweet, though it seems his intentions were a bit more malicious than just trying to get Barry back into his life. Barry dropping a Chechen pin into the trunk so that the police wouldn’t hold Gene could have solved the whole thing, but Fuches knew exactly what he was doing by whispering that Barry did it into his ear while he was still in shock. I don’t know how he’s going to handle that information, but it won’t be good. Sally asking Barry how his audition went before immediately telling him that she wasn’t actually looking for an answer indicates some increased coldness in their relationship, which may have contributed to her totally shifting the balance of power in her big scene. Watching her get showered by praise after an uncertain reaction from her team of agents was unexpected, and it may lead to greater roles for her in the future. I love that Hank called customer service to ask questions about the heroin table he couldn’t quite find online, and that he greeted his replacement with casual friendliness after the big shootout. This has been another superb season, and I can’t wait for season three.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Bill Hader as Barry

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