Friday, August 5, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Station Eleven

Station Eleven: Season 1, Episode 5 “The Severn City Airport” (B+)

Another episode, another completely different focus. Though I would have liked to experience this show with others when it first aired, I do appreciate the fact that I can now watch something like an episode per day and not have to wait an entire week between installments to piece together the many facets of this show’s universe. I’m very glad to see that Caitlin FitzGerald is in more than just one episode of this show, and she underwent quite the character transformation here as Elizabeth was initially quite haughty and rude to Clark and then became one of the leaders of the community at the airport. It’s both intriguing and terrifying to see the similarities between this show’s world and our own, and how the pandemic portrayed here was much worse than ours in so many ways. Having Clark and Miles offer Elizabeth and Tyler labeled KN95s did feel a bit too close to home, but that’s hardly the fault of the show. The notion of someone like Nick the janitor posing as a Homeland Security agent before breaking off with his survivalist group makes a lot of sense, as people in a crisis often defer to authority figures without checking on their credentials. Tyler’s precociousness combined with Clark and Elizabeth’s on-air conversation suggest that he may be the prophet, reading lines from his father’s copy of Station Eleven and going around to terrorize people after faking his death. But there’s also Brian, who we saw with a thick accent as Elizabeth’s agent, and the fact that what Clark was talking about putting together sounded a whole lot like a museum of civilization.

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