Tuesday, October 8, 2019

What I’m Watching: Undone

Undone: Season 1, Episode 4 “Moving the Keys” (B+)

This episode’s title was fitting, as Jacob pushed Alma to concentrate and figure out how to move the keys, something that she eventually came to understand wasn’t about the keys themselves but more about her traveling through moments in time to when the keys were in a particular place. Her mom was predictably concerned about her and angry that she wasn’t communicating with her, and suggesting therapy led to surprising agreement from Alma, who didn’t really bother listening to the therapist’s reactions to the ideas she expressed. The more Alma becomes engrossed in what her father is telling and teaching her, the more she disconnects from the real world, resulting in events like her showing up naked in front of her students, something which she thinks was a dream but might not be. Managing to go back to her memories at the end brought her back to her breakup with Sam, leading to a haunting ending with her cutting her finger again because of the shock brought on by what she just learned. Sam jokingly suggesting that Becca slept with the bartender led to a much more serious moment in which Becca used what she knew Sam was keeping from Alma to blackmail him into keeping her secret from the very dopey Reed, whose exchange with Alma at the bar was very entertaining. Discovering Sam’s lie is likely going to send Alma to the one living person she thinks she can trust, but that’s just ultimately going to lead her to the fact that Becca kept the same crucial information from her.

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