Friday, May 22, 2020

What I’m Watching: Run

Run: Season 1, Episode 6 “Tell” (B)

It’s very possible that this is the second-to-last episode of this show that we’ll see since HBO has yet to renew it for another round, and I’m honestly not sure what kind of story there is left to tell. Last week’s episode took things in a different direction, and this show has felt much more unhinged and directionless since its protagonists left the train. The idea of them getting back on is indeed a positive one after they spent a while yelling at each other in the woods, but we’ve met two characters who may change things if they can take enough time away from flirting with each other to focus on the circumstances of Fiona’s murder. I had a feeling that Phoebe Waller-Bridge wouldn’t just have appeared in a one-scene role, and she took on a much bigger part in what initially seemed like a purely tangential thread. The cops seem just as unconcerned with reality as our traveling friends, more interested in catching the latest episode of their favorite show that calling forensics in to their sleepy town to determine if there was a dangerous killer on the loose. Detective Babe Cloud really let Laurel redirect her interrogation, with the two of them asking each other if they had girlfriends rather than stopping to think about the two out-of-town strangers Laurel happened to give a ride to ride by the dead body. Billy’s inability to remember his outerwear may be their undoing, though there’s not much guarantee that, even if Laurel and Babe catch up to them, there will be any true consequences. I’d like some satisfactory resolution from the finale, but I’m not sure we’ll get it.

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