Tuesday, June 7, 2022

What I’m Watching: Ridley Road (Series Finale)

Ridley Road: Season 1, Episode 4 (B+)

I hadn’t realized that the opening scene of the first episode was the same one we saw at the start of this hour, though there was much more intensity added to it once it became clear that Colin was fully aware of who Vivien really was. Baiting her with questions about her father was not a kind way to reveal that, and things didn’t look good when Jack was also being apprehended at the same time. Vivien did manage a daring escape on the roof, but then Colin showed up next to her on the train when no one bothered to respond to her calls for help. That might be more frightening and disturbing than anything else, the notion that someone could clearly be causing someone else distress and no one within earshot would do anything about it. Fortunately, Soly was able to communicate with Stevie and make it clear that they were on the same side so that he could get a message to his family. And after some severe gaslighting and some harrowing physical violence, Vivien did manage to make her escape, and it was affirming to see a happy ending. Nettie changing her perspective and even going so far as to sit shiva was a welcome development, one that’s hopefully representative of those who do manage to come through hatred and find inclusivity instead. This has been a very worthwhile series that effectively and expansively built its narrative in a short – I only wish it had been longer!

Series grade: B+
Series MVP: Agnes O’Casey as Vivien

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