Monday, May 3, 2021

Round Two: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 1, Episode 2 “First of the Gang to Die” (B+)

This episode was just as captivating as the one that came before it, continuing along and letting its plot fully drive all the action. We still don’t know much about what Allie did to warrant being so wanted by authorities, but we did see how serious his pursuers are about finding them. Being so ready to call in local militias on the southern border to apprehend them underlines the serious threat that they believe him to pose, and Jones didn’t even hesitate to call out what she saw as illegitimate and high-minded in Dina’s recitation of her father’s philosophy to her over the phone. In the heat of the moment, it was Margot who acted boldly, telling her children to get out of the car so that it would provide a necessary distraction to enable her husband to gain the upper hand. Spinning a tale about being gay was somehow more acceptable to them than the idea of them trying to cross the border, but of course that didn’t last too long, and now they’re on the run with dead bodies in their wake. The notion of giving less information is definitely working in this case, and while I do want to know more, and I think watching this family figure its way out of complicated, seemingly impossible situations is probably going to be worthwhile enough all on its own. I do think that this show will withhold details until much later, but the big reveal won’t be quite as startling once we’ve seen more of what they’re all willing to do to survive.

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