Monday, December 19, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 7 “The Burning of Judas” (B)

I remember thinking recently that it was interesting that Justin Theroux was able to star in an adaptation of a book by his uncle, but any sentiments of nepotism or unfair access should be immediately dismissed given just how incredible he is in this role. His scene with Logan Polish in this episode where Allie responded to Dina expressing that she wasn’t sorry about anything but just sorry for him was absolutely terrific. At first it felt like he was an unconventional but supportive parent who was allowing her to chart her own course, but then he quickly got vindictive and mean to show her that there are consequences for her words, no matter how strongly she believes them. Margot took her own approach to parenting, saying that she was going to talk to Charlie and tell him that he’s not allowed to shoot Richard. That has less to do with the fact that her son would be killing another person and more to do with her using him as a pawn in her getaway scheme. Guillermo meeting his sister to discuss their father’s near-death shows how messy that family drama is, and how those in their orbit, like Isela and the Fox family, are going to get caught up in all the violence. Allie’s latest plan involving Sandpiper is sure to be risky, but he doesn’t really have a mode that doesn’t include insanely high and unfavorable stakes. There are three episodes left in this season and another round is far from secure, but I imagine we’ll end on a getaway similar to last season.

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