Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What I’m Watching: Killing Eve

Killing Eve: Season 3, Episode 2 “Management Sucks” (B+)

This show certainly has its own style, and you could never fault it for being uncreative. One of the things I like most about it is the relationship between Konstantin and Carolyn, who have been friends for so long even though they’re not always on the same side of the law and work for different organizations. I was excited to recognize Gemma Whelan from “Game of Thrones” as Geradline, Kenny’s sister, who was delighted when she realized who Konstantin was, first at the funeral and then again when she ran into him on the street. Carolyn wanted to present a polished front, even while she was mourning, and her early return to work didn’t go so smoothly. Eve was a mess, showing up drunk to the funeral and then making a scene when Carolyn just wanted to talk. Trying to guess Kenny’s phone password led to an unexpected invitation from Kenny’s colleague Bear and his boss Jamie, which in turn led to her showing up to Carolyn’s home, where the bugged magnet made it so that their conversation was not at all private. I wasn’t so sure about the idea of Villanelle being a handler and evaluator, but her quick takedown of nineteen-year-old Felix and her recommendation that he sustain his eagerness for travel by demanding first class tickets upfront was actually quite sympathetic. Their clown operation didn’t go as planned, however, and she likely failed her first big management test by executing her trainee. After Konstantin humorously remarked that having a new handler every time is like needing to explain all the same information to a new doctor before each check-up, his casual revelation to an unhappy Villanelle that Eve was still alive is sure to shake up whatever minor calm has existed so far this season.

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