Friday, May 21, 2021

What I’m Watching: Mare of Easttown

Mare of Easttown: Season 1, Episode 5 “Illusions” (B+)

It’s never a good sign when a character in a dark drama gets a special spotlight and seems like they’re about to change their lives for the better. I like Evan Peters a lot and have greatly enjoyed seeing how he plays Colin and the way in which he interacts with Mare, and it was good to see him start to stand up for himself when Mare didn’t even pretend to want to be on a date with him for any reason other than to be able to work on the case. She didn’t even offer him a bite of her tortellini when he explicitly asked for it! Things got serious fast when they tracked down the man they were looking for and didn’t entirely realize it, and it certainly looks like he took a gunshot straight to the head that doesn’t give him any chance of surviving. That was an extended very tense scene when Mare managed to outrun Wayne and then eventually shoot him with Colin’s gun, and it’s going to be a difficult road back to normal for everyone involved. This episode was packed with other worthwhile content, like Helen’s affair being exposed by Glen after his wife’s death, Helen explaining her motivations for helping Carrie, and Dylan and Brianna comparing their options for the future given recent revelations. Though the main mystery has been solved, there should be plenty more collateral damage and relationships to deal with in the final two episodes of this limited series.

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