Tuesday, January 12, 2021

What I’m Watching: Coyote

Coyote: Season 1, Episode 4 “Juan Doe” (B-)

It’s hard to shake the notion that there’s far too much access to almost everything that the cartel needs to make holding anything over Ben’s head at all worthwhile, but he did get tapped to do the one thing only he could: walk into an immigration detention facility and try to simply escort a detainee out. That went somewhat awry, leading to a violent double beheading that seems like it would attract far too much attention from American law enforcement. It makes little sense that the sicarios wouldn’t be able to follow them through the hole he cut in the fence – or just shoot them from the other side – but killing two government employees, leaving them with no heads, and freeing a group of detainees wouldn’t be seen as too potentially visible? I also found myself mapping out the distance between Guerrero and the California-Mexico border, which is apparently very far and would take more than thirty-six hours to travel, which explains why Dante was so upset to return to Guerrero again. The opening flashback to the scarring experience endured by Sultan was informative about his worldview, and his uneager participation in this episode’s activities make it unlikely that he might have a soft spot for Ben and somehow help him. Instead, there’s a new member of the family for Ben to contend with, someone who seemed anonymous but is apparently much more influential than he first thought and might have different plans for Ben than El Catrin, which isn’t likely to be a good thing.

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