Sunday, October 25, 2020

What I’m Watching: Manhunt: Deadly Games

Manhunt: Deadly Games: Season 2, Episode 6 “Army of God” (B+)

I think this episode has gained an increased relevance since it originally aired on Spectrum in the early part of this year and we’ve seen militia groups trying to fight for what they believe is right when it stands in direct opposition to what the country is doing. The preacher’s words were indeed powerful, decrying violence but charging that everyone should indeed be enlisting in an army of God. Hannah was almost in awe when she came upon Rudolph in the woods, and Big John compared him to someone bombing Auschwitz, taking a stand to save unborn children from mass murder. Earl spent some time in town to get a better sense of things, and he appeared to make a major discovery when he was politely excused from the bar by Big John. Rudolph being responsible for Centennial Park is an example of the best argument against those who claim to be pro-life but desire no common sense gun laws, something that stands in direct opposition to the actual notion of being in favor of life. I’m not sure that would have convinced any of the militia members, but what Brennan did was absolutely ineffective. Freeh is losing patience and wants to appear strong rather than be right, a foolish position that isn’t going to serve anyone well. The newly-formed Army of God may not end up doing anything all that destructive, but they’ve now welcomed a wanted fugitive into their ranks with open arms, something that is going to make him much harder to catch and not easy to arrest when they do end up finding him.

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