Tuesday, November 15, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 2 “Least Concern Species” (B)

This show is back to its old ways in a sense, which is that it’s just following its characters as they’re struggling to stay alive despite multiple threats emerging. I suppose it’s impressive that an entire hour of television can be made from so little, but I’d also appreciate the presence of other characters and more substantial developments than creating a makeshift solution from boat supplies and stealing medicine from an abandoned oil rig. Dina doesn’t seem willing to acknowledge that the man they’re talking about died, while Margot is sure, and she had to spring into action with the brain that she half-inherited from her father to figure out how to repair the boat while her father was feverish and unable to help. He did manage to barely evade that crocodile only to then nearly succumb to the parasite, and fortunately Charlie and Margot had success getting the medicine they needed to save him. Margot expressing that she believes it’s sometimes an obligation to use violence explains why she’s in this position, while Charlie has learned his own survival skills like the ability to test a high voltage fence to ensure that it’s not actually electrified. Dina reflecting on that story that made her terrified as a kid is emblematic of the way that Allie was a parent, and that helped shape her into someone who’s able to subsist without anyone else around and barely any resources to tap. Now, what’s going to happen when they run into other people soon?

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