Friday, June 10, 2022

What I’m Watching: Barry

Barry: Season 3, Episode 6 “710N” (A-)

I’m still feeling pretty floored by that Los Angeles freeway sequence with the dirt bikes, which felt truly immersive and was stunning to watch. All the indiscriminate shooting and civilian casualties don’t feel good in light of recent events and the all-too-easy access to guns that those who shouldn’t possess them have, but that also feels tied to the message of this show. Barry is not equipped to be going through life in the way that he does, taking so many lives just because he was told to – and paid – by someone else, to the point that there could be multiple parties pursuing for revenge and only the last would be able to get to him. Speaking that text to Sally in the clothing store was a prime example of how he’s not able to take social cues, and that ending was masterful, with what seemed like it was going to be an uncomfortable experience for different reasons turning into an apparent poisoning attempt by a rightfully vindictive Sharon. We know that he can’t die, but that doesn’t make it any less intense. I enjoyed the through-thread of Mitch the barista giving everyone in line advice, and Hank’s reaction to it was probably my favorite part. As Sally scrambles to get her career back on track, Cousineau is finally doing well, but pushing to work with Annie and give her the chance he took away from her might not turn out as well as he expects. I’m intrigued to meet Janice’s father, played by Robert Wisdom, whose introduction was done in a very purposeful way.

No comments: