Monday, January 11, 2021

Take Three: Coyote

Coyote: Season 1, Episode 3 “Sin of Origin” (B-)

One frequent facet of TV and movies is that characters will be trapped in an inescapable situation in which they are forced to do something only they can do, yet somehow those pulling the strings have seemingly unlimited resources to tail them constantly and exert influence over everyone in their lives, no matter how safe they may theoretically be. That begs the question of why that person is so necessary in the first place, if the cartel was able to track Ben’s movements, find out he called Frank, and bring him to Mexico in the trunk of a car within a few hours. What can Ben do that they can’t? He also can’t naively expect that they’re going to let him go if he does do what they ask, which wouldn’t be smart given that El Catrin’s promise that Dante can take care of him once he’s served his purpose. I would also have thought that Ben would have seen Neto as an ally even if he did look the other way with the cartel rather than someone he needed to hold at gunpoint to get to the private plane that he thought was taking him back home. He does have Silvia and the guy nice enough to help him do a good deal of work on the house without realizing Ben just wanted him there for his cellphone, but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be enough to get out of this mess. Acting normal in front of his wife and daughter who don’t realize that Frank is dead is likely to be the most difficult part of it all.

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