Thursday, July 29, 2021

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail: Season 3, Episode 3 “Hunting Party” (B+)

I’m loving the wealth of opportunities for different characters to interact with one another in this season, and this episode offered plenty of that. It’s unfortunate that Ezekiel took what Prudence said about him the way that Benny interpreted it rather than as the compliment she meant it as, and as a result he felt the need to prove his manliness by going along with them. Just as Prudence is the voice of reason, so too is Ezekiel, who pointed out that the buffalo were large, slow-moving targets that didn’t require much in the way of skill to accurately shoot. Bears, on the other hand, are a bit more menacing, and as painstakingly recounted in the episode-ending funeral, not everyone made it back alive. Prudence asking Benny to train her to be a bandit was an entertaining exercise, one that involved surprisingly few conclusions, namely that it’s a good idea to just start shooting, not that Benny was prepared to do that when he just suggested that they die when they were under siege. Prudence’s eagerness to redo her entrance and show just how much of a natural she was proved entertaining. I was also excited to see the Gunslinger again, whose joke about also being a bounty hunter went over poorly but who was very well-armed under that fur coat of his that he decided to still buy after Benny and Prudence got away. I expect we’ll see plenty of him again, though he’ll always be a step behind the somehow still-alive Benny.

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