Monday, May 24, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 1, Episode 5 “Elvis, Jesus, Coca Cola” (B)

As if Justin Theroux and Melissa George weren’t already formidable actors to make watching this show worthwhile, now we have Ian Hart, an underrated performer who many might recognize from his role as Professor Quirrell in the first Harry Potter movie but who I know from his TV credits like “Dirt,” “Luck,” and “The Bridge.” He’s playing a formidable assassin reminiscent of Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men” who appreciates a bit of style with his vicious killings but also has an incredible network of young contacts to ensure that he’s able to find these fugitives with very little time or effort, albeit just after they got taken by another party. It’s not a surprise that Allie wouldn’t understand how much people are not into helping him given his penchant for disappearing, and his surefire ally didn’t want to have much to do with him, and, after putting him and Margot through a rather exhausting scavenger hunt, they’ve now both been taken to some unknown destination. Dina and Charlie may be relatively mature and capable, but they weren’t able to stay by themselves without revealing how they got there to and brandishing a gun at a group of clueless stoned tourists. More problematically, Dina googled her father, revealing that he kidnapped her as a child, which may or may not be an invented story by the agents very much on her tail who now know exactly where to look for her. With only two episodes to go in this show’s first season, things are not looking great for any of these family members.

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