Saturday, January 22, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones: Season 2, Episode 3 “For He Is a Liar and the Father of Lies” (B+)

The next generation isn’t doing a great job of staying together, constantly switching sides when it comes to confronting Eli, though at least they could all agree that they were angrier at the idea of him dating someone other than their mother than at the notion of him having killed someone. It’s crazy that they all knew that Eli’s passcode must be his birthday but that none of them knew what date it was. I enjoyed that BJ contributed what he had noticed when he was out roller-blading, which allowed for a brief sequence where the much-mocked partner got to be seen truly enjoying himself. Eli’s made-up story about manscaping was relatively tame until all the blood, and he would probably do better to work with Junior than now have him as the enemy he’s declared himself to be. The biggest threat to the health of the church at the moment is Kelvin’s need to be liked and respected, and his propensity for stunts that have now caused his authority to be questioned. Forcing his challenger to bear a cross was quite literal and miserable, and that whole process felt very cult-like. The earlier mishap resulted in shocked looks from all of the children who were present at a very serious and unpleasant situation that didn’t find adults behaving in the way they should be. Jesse’s family discussing Eli’s potential guilt at the fast food place made for an entertaining scene, one showing the kind of ideas that having Jesse Gemstone as a parent can foster in theoretically bright minds.

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