Friday, May 13, 2022

What I’m Watching: Barry

Barry: Season 3, Episode 3 “ben mendelsohn” (B+)

I wasn’t sure what to make of this episode’s title, but I did enjoy the notion that Ben Mendelsohn should play the next Spider-Man, as offered up by Sally when she didn’t know what to do with that question during her junket. I also think that he bears a resemblance to Thomas Haden Church, who appeared in a few films as the villain Sandman, so it’s funny to think of them together in a movie. Sally did seem thrown by the lackluster nature of the junket, mistaking Cake Boss for a member of the Avengers, and she’s missing a sense of purpose that she needs from her craft. Barry, on the other hand, was lapping up his newfound stardom, and he was being a bit too honest with Cousineau when he told him that he was the reason his beloved girlfriend had to die in response to the question about her having suffered. That slap was pointed and poignant, and Cousineau isn’t the only person who’s been severely offended by Barry. His unwillingness to apologize to Fuches after he did so first is only going to be his undoing, since now Fuches is going to put together a group of those he’s wronged to get back at him. Noho Hank will not be among them, but he’s sorting out his own issues where Barry happens to be uniquely able to help. I do like Hank quite a bit, and so I hope he’s able to find a way out of this that doesn’t end in heartbreak for him.

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