Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Round Two: Mare of Easttown

Mare of Easttown: Season 1, Episode 2 “Fathers” (B+)

This episode matched the grim nature of the opening hour while giving us considerably more insight into all of the characters. This is such a small town and community that it’s hard to believe things could be happening without anyone knowing. That scene where Dylan went into the gas station where Dawn was working before Mare later came in and was threatened by Tony encapsulated it all, even topping Siobhan showing up on the video when Colin asked earlier in the episode. I wouldn’t have thought of Evan Peters, an excellent actor from “American Animals,” “WandaVision,” “Pose,” “American Horror Story,” and much more, to play this relatively normal part, but it’s good to see him as someone who respects Mare and her relationship with others in the town but definitely, as Siobhan warned him, has expectations that are far too high of what Mare is willing to give. It was strange to see her get all dressed up and go meet Richard at his event in the middle of all this, and he didn’t do a great job of acknowledging her while she was busy spitting out the food and hiding it in the gaps in the couch. Kenny took irreversible action when he found out about his daughter’s death, and now it seems that Dylan wasn’t even his grandson’s father, putting Mare even more in the middle of all this then she already was. I am intrigued, and the strong character development is helping to compensate for the daunting misery on display here.

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