Wednesday, November 30, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 4 “A Rag, a Bone, a Hank of Hair” (B)

This show is back to a relatively glacial pace in which very little actually happens over the course of an hourlong episode. Fortunately, what did happen was relatively intriguing, but I wish things were proceeding at a more gratifying and enthralling rate. What was most striking is that Allie confronted Margot about how her plan would never have worked and she expressed how little faith she has in him. When Dina asked if he was mad and she retorted “as in angry or,” it became clear just how much she’s on her own now and not interested in his wellbeing. As if that wasn’t enough of an indication, she quite explicitly offered him up to Raban on the phone, who said he wasn’t interested and reminded her of what we already know, which is that she was the one who killed a woman for no apparent reason in the attack we saw in the season premiere. Isela appears to have her own reasons for keeping Allie and his family around even though she’s being told from all sides that he’s a liability. Charlie’s monkey-saving efforts hardly seem productive given that it’s just going to earn them more enemies. Bill being on his own without Lucrecia almost makes him more dangerous, and he’s doing whatever he needs to in order to protect himself. He may not be the most imminent threat to the livelihood of this forever-on-the-run family, but he’s close enough that he’s likely to do some serious damage soon.

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