Thursday, November 3, 2022

What I’m Watching: Avenue 5

Avenue 5: Season 2, Episode 4 “How It Ends: As a Starter and a Main” (B+)

As usual, the level of incompetence is just jarring, and every time Ryan has the opportunity to handle something in the right way, he absolutely does not take it. The most humorous misunderstanding was Rav’s belief that red meant clear, and as a result that red meant not recording, hence her inability to turn the broadcast off when she checked in with Ryan to let him know that everyone was not aware of the presence of the cannibal. The way in which mob mentality can quickly take over was fully on display as they frantically searched for the cannibal, and Karen didn’t help matters at all by neglecting to share the important details she knew about his true identity. Frank had enough trouble convincing everyone that he was the host of his popular cooking show, and, as Rav put it, he was more willing to let a cannibal live than admit to being casually racist. Nathan ended up having a very therapeutic session with his group once he finally convinced them that he was telling the truth, an entertaining interaction that also featured Mia repeatedly apologizing to young Paloma for cursing. Doug didn’t have a much better time when he got his leg caught trying to run out of the airlock, and the man he was trapped with got mistakenly detained when they felt like he met the description of the cannibal. Ryan quickly realized he too could have been a suspect save for the important fact that he was the captain. Having Iris and Judd work together doesn’t result in good decisions either, like Judd voicing his TV character and spilling the beans on the lithium shortage in a way that, like on the ship, is sure to create a lot of panic.

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