Sunday, December 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 8 “Dead Totems” (B)

One of the consequences of being unconventional parents is that kids aren’t prone to listen to you, which can mean one of two things. In Charlie’s case, he’s prone to constantly following his parents into dangerous situations, and while he possesses certain skills that can be useful, that still gets him into trouble. And Dina is all about blaming her parents for everything that’s happened to her, and so she tends to want to run away. She got further than before in this episode as she went from forging a friendship or maybe a relationship with someone only to wait mere seconds before trying to steal his car. The problem is that they’ve come into contact with too many people, and even if Isela is no longer as much of a villain as Guillermo is, it’s going to be too easy for them to leverage people or information to keep them firmly planted where they are. Allie and Charlie made a big discovery that will enable them to negotiate with Guillermo, which hardly seems like a good idea, while Margot found something that did not sit well at all. She’s only trying to get into Richard’s latest job so that she can turn him in, but finding a passport with her photo on it was a jarring development that shows that he’s just as much invested in what happens to her as she is ready to use him to her advantage. There’s no way this all ends peacefully in the final two episodes of the season.

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