Thursday, November 19, 2020

What I’m Watching: Valley of Tears

Valley of Tears: Season 1, Episode 4 (B+)

After they both experienced shock at the end of the previous episode, both Melakhi and Meni rallied to deal with the chaotic bureaucracy they encountered when they went in to ask questions about those important to them. Dafna wasn’t pleased to learn that there wasn’t help available and that she couldn’t get an answer about how Yoav was doing. On the battlefield, there was such joy that the exposed soldiers felt upon realizing that the plane was above them was friendly which was almost instantly taken away when it got down. Rallying to save the pilot was an affirming, and they’re definitely not out of harm’s way even though they managed to take out the Syrians who nearly got the ejected pilot back to their Jeep. Avinoam’s encounter with a Syrian soldier who just wanted water and even invited him to come visit in Damascus if they ever achieved peace was a poignant moment, but also one that was quickly replaced by a sense of dread that this kind of exchange was fleeting and unrealistic. There’s a good deal of discord between the strongest personalities who are facing difficult circumstances, and Caspi once again seemed like he was making reckless decisions that were going to get the rest of the unit killed. We also got confirmation on the identity of the shell-shocked soldier who has now snapped back to reality, and Yoni is now fully embroiled in everything that’s going on after being confronted with a life-or-death situation in which he reacted and saved the life of the pilot by shooting the Syrian soldier.

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