Saturday, November 19, 2022

What I’m Watching: Avenue 5

Avenue 5: Season 2, Episode 6 “Intoxicating Clarity” (B+)

This show has always been over the top but this episode took it to an entirely new level, and given that a third season feels unlikely, I’m starting to imagine that this show might end with Avenue 5 getting destroyed. That does seem to be a distinct possibility given that it just happened to the ship on the show-within-a-show, though Ryan does appear to have quite a bit of power considering how one of the show’s cast members happened to die just after Ryan expressed his opinion about her. The presence of a meteor with lithium does change things, but of course the missile can’t be stopped now that it’s already been launched. Iris represents the best course of defense given that she assembled a secret police even though Ryan told her not to, and she’s managed to keep order in some way even as it all descends into absolute chaos. Matt’s crossbow rebellion didn’t last too long, and I enjoyed the ridiculousness of him ending up in the sickbay after being injured in cuddle club. Billie forgetting that she was only supposed to be insulting Ryan to pretend that she wasn’t on his side was entertaining, as was Ryan’s reaction to that, but Judd wins the award for the best lines of the episode. Suggesting the invention of a compass that tells you where you are was among his less intelligent ideas, and his determination to leave but not to stand was a humorous setup that made absolutely no sense yet he wanted to be true to his word.

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