Monday, December 5, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 5 “Positive, Front-Facing Optics” (B)

While there’s not much that happened back at the place that’s increasingly looking less and less like utopia, this episode did see a major development in the introduction of Guerrero and the unconventional pairing of Allie with the man who was previously hunting him, Bill. I’m a big fan of Ian Hart, an actor I think I first remember from “Dirt,” and it’s fun to see him in a less intense context. I also can’t have been the only one who saw Allie being fitted for a suit and immediately thought of that mind-bending episode of “The Leftovers” in which Justin Theroux plays twin brothers. It’s just jarring anyway to see Allie in such a buttoned-up context since he’s been off the grid for so much of this show, and while he did succeed in saving the life of the innocent tech that Bill was prepared to shoot, they’re now both trapped there with someone who could easily identify them. I like the casting of Reed Diamond from “The Shield” and “Dollhouse” as the primary speaker who is surely going to want to talk to the people he suspects disrupted his big launch with their threatening video. After spending so many years hiding the truth from her children, Margot talked openly about it with Richard when he showed up and Dina managed to hear the entire thing. Expressing that she wished her mother had slit her wrists was unnecessarily cruel, but this family dynamic hardly boasts the best parenting ever seen.

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