Thursday, June 9, 2022

What I’m Watching: Under the Banner of Heaven (Penultimate Episode)

Under the Banner of Heaven: Season 1, Episode 6 “Revelation” (B+)

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is how Pyre grapples with the fact that these people share some of the same tenets of faith, even though they’ve clearly interpreted things very differently. It makes sense that Allen might be the one he could most relate to, someone who always looked to the apparent piety of his older brothers and ultimately rejected them because he saw what it did to them. Allen slapping Brenda when she confronted him for not being around was an important turning point, and it was difficult to watch him reject the authority of the church council only to have them then send Brenda right back to him so that she wouldn’t abandon the relationship. Betty was rightfully devastated about how she sent Brenda to the church rather than giving her the help she might have needed, and Pyre affirmed to her that she had done what she thought was right. That moment where Josie wandered in to the kitchen while Pyre was talking to Betty and her father helped to really soften the mood, if that was at all possible. It’s going to be difficult for Pyre to muster spiritual strength, something that Rebecca has asked of him so that he can show resilience for his daughters. Bill finding a seemingly cooperative Prophet Onias doesn’t say much about where Ron might be now, but finding a different form of salvation through polygamy doesn’t appear to have given him a helpful perspective, certainly not for his return home in the middle of this episode.

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