Tuesday, January 3, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast: Season 2, Episode 9 “The Counterfeiters” (B+)

Dina’s journey in this episode was definitely not what I would have predicted, though I guess it does make sense that she would have inherited the resilience and creativity passed down to her by her parents and especially her father. It felt like she went a short distance and ended up in an episode of “The White Lotus,” but one where she was much cleverer than any character on that show, able to very easily get a keycard and room number from the front desk. Aside from that feast of all the food she could see, she did a decent job of keeping a low profile and not attracting too much attention, but unfortunately she’s in exactly the wrong place. That was the big, miserable surprise that this episode had coming, something that Margot wasn’t even watching for as she inched her way closer to Richard so that she could deliver him to JJ. Getting a signed deal and agents in place to arrest him as the operation was in motion with just a day’s notice was impressive, but Richard was aware that Margot might betray him, and not only did he smoke her out by only telling her that particular plan, he also had the real mission in place at the same time so that she and JJ won’t be able to do anything to prevent it. Allie, who was able to negotiate his plot of land after causing apparently fatal injury to an innocent person while he was stalling for time, did his best to encourage Dina to return home, but he’s never going to be able to forgive himself if the latest act of violence that he abhors results in her death.

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