Monday, June 8, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ramy

Ramy: Season 2, Episode 3 “Little Omar” (B+)

Given what’s going on in the world these days, it felt refreshing to see someone whose brother was outside a mosque protesting it treat three of the people from that very mosque with respect and appreciation, even if he did make a comment about Zainab’s English being good given that she was born in the United States. She was ready to answer that ignorant remark respectfully, while Ramy could easily have punched him when he followed it up saying that, if his brother died, it would have been doing what he loved, which apparently was protesting other people’s rights to worship. Malik really is a contentious do-gooder, heading straight from the hospital to the jail to see Dennis, who seems quite broken up about what he did. In trying to control what Dennis was sharing with Malik, Ramy demonstrated that he isn’t fully committed to the truth, something that Malik noticed and made him realize that Ramy wasn’t quite as focused as he needed. The way that he said “It’s not our time” when Ramy tried to cross the street before the walk signal came on showed just how seriously he approached life, and he even managed to finish his prayer before running to the sound of the barking dog and miraculously opening the conveniently unlocked door. I’m curious about Dena’s apparent infatuation with Malik, which could be interesting to see develop now that he’s discharged Ramy from their intimate mentoring relationship. We’ll see how well Ramy takes care of his newest charge.

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