Sunday, May 9, 2021

Take Three: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 1, Episode 3 “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (B)

This episode wasn’t nearly as formidable or gripping as the first two, in part because it was just them wandering through the desert, which reminded me a lot of “Coyote,” a show from earlier this year that featured a whole lot of that in each episode. We also stayed with that group for the entirety of the episode, without any additional developments from Jones or the NSA as they presumably continued to hunt for Allie and his family. Whatever he did is being built up into something very monumental, with both Chuy and the kids asking themselves and others what it is that he could possibly have done to make him such a wanted man. When he wasn’t diagnosing the failure of others to survive because they were conserving the very water that would have kept them alive, Allie was typically excited at the success of his latest technological hack, which in this case was the admittedly impressive feat of hardwiring a cell phone to get a signal in the middle of the desert. Their near-clash with the group of migrants was avoided thanks to Chuy’s quick movements and resulting snake bite, but it does seem like they’ve made it to a safe place now with a crew very willing to come help them and get them to some sort of shelter. What comes next – and if the money Allie has will be enough to right whatever Chuy needs to fix, provided he stays alive – remains a mystery, but that will surely be the subject of a more eventful and invigorating fourth hour.

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