Thursday, July 4, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Detour

The Detour: Season 4, Episode 2 “The Return” (C+)

Sometimes, this show goes big, like sending Nate on an international hunt for the daughter who never left the state of New York, and other times, it attempts blunter and less creative comedy that doesn’t exactly land. Introducing the Jewish grandfather of Delilah’s new boyfriend paved the way for an obvious trajectory towards jokes about Nazis, with repeated denials from both Nate and Robin as they began to understand what was happening as a result of their actions. Delilah’s boyfriend screaming about how he loves aids was most evidently not referencing the deadly virus, but it’s helpful once in a while for Robin to be the dafter one who in this case was almost charged with a hate crime even though Nate was the one beating up a group of deaf kids. Delilah’s not all that different from her mother, set off by being told to relax by a man, and she managed to save her irritating parents from likely jail time in Syracuse. There was nothing more horrific than the video made by the eager police officer who did little to console Nate and Robin about their missing daughter, and it got hard to take any of this hour seriously when the severed head of a child started talking and warning about how this was pretty much the only outcome that was possible after going missing for seventy-two hours. They know where Delilah is even if they haven’t actually laid eyes on her just yet, and I hope that things will cool off and become a bit more bearable going forward.

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