Hoo, boy. Well. That was an episode.
I mean. I don’t know what to say. I didn’t dislike it. But I thought last week was much stronger. If you follow me on twitter (if you don’t, you should) you might have seen me tweet a link on Friday to this interview with Nic Pizzolatto from last summer. He talks about a lot of different things, and if you have 57 spare minutes, I recommend watching it. But one of the topics he covers is very dear to me, and I almost wish he’d talked about it for longer: characterization. He and the moderator (Dan Harmon) talk about how you have to have characters driving the story. When you have characters, the story doesn’t really matter. It’s in the background. It’s something that happens to the characters, but it’s them with whom the real story lies.
Obviously, I talk about this a lot. And Pizzolatto was really good at it last season. And he’s actually been really good at it this season, for the most part. And you know what? I love that this episode didn’t really have any Paul characterization because he’s probably the most boring out of the four. But the gripe I do have with the episode is that it didn’t go anywhere—at first. I actuailly shocked myself halfway through the episode when I wrote in my notes that there wasn’t enough happening in the story. Where was the plot? It was just Ray having a supervised home visit with his super sad son, and Frank visiting Dead Stan’s family and giving his son some precious, precious advice. And Ray doing enough coke to put the entire 1970s to shame. And it was all SO FANTASTIC.
But then the episode switched gears. And it felt so clunky, and so strange. Like, “Let’s get all the character stuff out of the way at the beginning, and then have them do a bunch of stuff that doesn’t really have anything to do with what we just showed about them for the second half.” That applies to everyone except Ani, who we see at the Sex Party™ trying to keep her bearings, trying to stay in control, and eventually swiping a
trident knife off the buffet table, and killing a dude. She should probably think about laying low for a while. Read the rest of this entry »