Monday, May 8, 2023

What I’m Watching: Barry

Barry: Season 5, Episode 2 “bestest place on the earth” (B+)

Barry is going down a dark path, flashing back to his childhood and his first time meeting Fuches, and repeatedly apologizing to Sally when she came to see him show that he knows that people don’t see him as a good person, which is not what he wants. The trajectory of events in this episode was fascinating and also deeply stressful, since Fuches decided not to take his deal to stand by Barry while Hank planned to rescue him, and now that he’s the one cooperating with authorities, Hank is going to use his newly-gathered squad to kill Barry instead. That entire operation is so on brand for this show, with Cristobal and Hank preparing the ultimate presentation to convince sworn enemies to join together for a common cause at the Dave and Buster’s in Torrance. My favorite part was them admitting that they might not end up with a romantic connection like them as a “unicorn.” While Cousineau went to great lengths to (literally) string along Lon to get him to hear his story, his most potent scene was the one where Sally confronted him for not telling her his suspicions about Barry. I’m always pleased to see Matt Servitto, a mainstay from “The Sopranos” and “Banshee,” as Gale Winograd, the lawyer whose manipulative methods are surely inspired all too much from the real tactics of sleazy advocates who wish to hide the obvious guilt of their clients by putting on a show that makes a mockery of the legal system.

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