Tuesday, June 1, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 1, Episode 6 “Calaca” (B)

I now realize that the point of this season has been to get to the Mosquito Coast, a place where this family might be able to live freely and function in the way Allie intended, but I hadn’t expected when it started that all seven episodes would be exposition. Given that it hasn’t been granted a season two renewal and the reviews aren’t great, I don’t think we’re ever going to get to see them in their new habitat and how they can live there. This episode at least got us somewhat closer, and brought in a familiar face who I always like, Paterson Joseph, who starred in “Timeless,” “Babylon,” “Avenue 5,” and a number of other projects. He enjoyed talking about torture and then threatening Margot’s life just to find out how well Allie was able to protect information, a test he passed but which got Margot rightfully angry that he was willingly to potentially sacrifice her life without being worried about it. Dina and Charlie didn’t get in much more trouble than they were in before, and Estelle and Don showed up just in time to fight the cartel rather than be able to arrest Allie and Margot. They didn’t get far and both paid for their intervention efforts with their lives, while the family once again managed to get away. Allie realizing that Bill couldn’t shoot him triggered an excitement and cleverness in him that really drives this show, and I’m hopeful that the season finale will include more of that in a way that feels satisfying even if it’s the last we’ll see of this show.

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