Monday, January 17, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones: Season 2, Episode 2 “After I Leave, Savage Wolves Will Come” (B)

So much for Jason Schwartzman being an enduring guest star on this show. The opening indicated that Thaniel wasn’t going to have an easy time of staying in the South thanks to his condescending attitude and his free snorting of cocaine and smoking outside the cabin that wasn’t supposed to be on Airbnb. He wasn’t subtle in his approach to Eli and his threat to go after his wife, and the Gemstone siblings arrived late enough to slip and get covered in blood, something they thought to immediately wash off but which apparently didn’t occur to Eli with his pants. Junior’s influence does not seem to be good for him, and Judy was sure that they were having sex, something that doesn’t seem likely but which doesn’t prevent Eli from engaging in other theoretically sinful behavior, like violence. The free offerings of Judy’s services to entice Thaniel which were backed up by Jesse show how strange and depraved this family really is, and it’s a shame that they continue to alienate those who just want to be part of it, like BJ, who was told he couldn’t come along when he so clearly wanted nothing more. Being married in and accepted does help, as Amber jumped in to do her part when they realized they needed ten million dollars to be all in on their dream project, something they won’t be able to do since, as Jesse pointed out, all his money is tied up in the church. Getting written up for corrupt behavior was one thing, but now it seems like all the Gemstones may be implicated in a murder, which will not be good for business.

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