Thursday, September 3, 2020

Take Three: Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves: Season 1, Episode 3 “Virtual Faith” (B-)

I’m trying to figure out if this is a show I want to continue to watch, since the premise does intrigue me but the execution is inconsistent. Opening with Mother telling the story of the wolf blowing the house down was quite on the nose for her continued narrative of the threats outside their camp, which of coursed turned out to be much truer than she ever thought with those creatures roaming around and attacking them. Asking Father to deactivate her if she did in fact kill the kids was an interesting turn of events, but she quickly returned to using her eyes and setting out to first find meds and then the missing Paul, leaving a path of destruction in her midst. Father is also confused about his purpose since he needs to be of use to the family, which is something he hasn’t felt in a while given Campion’s rebellious nature and Mother’s frightening shift. It turns out that the ark had plenty of survivors, including Sue, who I now realize is played by an actress I’ve been watching in another HBO Max show, Niahm Algar from “Pure.” I was also excited to see Matias Varela, the standout of season three of “Narcos,” as Lucius, who nearly caught Marcus in a lie before he came to his own defense with a reference to their deity. Otherwise, he’s not doing a great job of keeping his cover, and his playful behavior in the simulation during their journey was also indicative to his son that he had indeed changed. The emphasis on military hierarchy is excessive, especially when it comes to carrying a man on a throne through the desert, and I think that’s one system that’s going to cripple as Mother continues to pursue them and they inevitably encounter the creatures who are also roaming the planet.

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