I’ve been a fan of Noah Baumbach for a long time now, ever since I saw The Squid And The Whale (2005). His films have been solid, well written, witty. But with Marriage Story, Baumbach goes to another level. He’s created a master work, a really great film. Expectations will be higher next time out. It has some Woody Allen vibes but this is no knock off. This is an extremely well written, well directed, well structured film. The performances are amazing. The emotions are raw and it feels very genuine and real. It’s a painful, sad film but don’t be scared away by that. Embrace it. Good films don’t just make you feel good. Good films make you feel. This one stays with you.
Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlet Johansson) are a young married couple with a young son that lives in Brooklyn. Charlie is a theater director who runs an experimental theater company and Nicole is his star. But after ten years of marriage they are separating and preparing to divorce. They agree to work things out themselves without using lawyers but things change when Nicole heads to Los Angeles with their son to do a TV pilot. A meeting with a lawyer, wonderfully played by Laura Dern, leads Nicole to see things differently so when Charlie comes to visit the divorce gets real. Fast.
The emotional rollercoaster is relentless. Charlie desperately does not want to lose his son and keeps flying back and forth from one coast to the other. He meets with lawyers as well, an expensive, no nonsense, slick Ray Liotta and a sweet, old family lawyer beautifully played by Alan Alda. Unfortunately, divorce never ends well.
Adam Driver and Scarlet Johannson are great. They really dig deep and you care about them and feel every heartache they feel. All the supporting roles are well cast and well performed. Julie Heggerty (Airplane!) is a hoot as Johannson’s mom who loves Charlie. Alan Alda is so good in this you wish Charlie would listen to him but he can’t see past his own pain and anger. Every scene matters, fits together to create a wonderfully constructed piece of work. It’s a true achievement. It’s playing on Netflix so you can watch and cry in the safety of your own home, sipping your wine under your favorite blanket. You’ll thank me for it.
Wow! Each episode keeps delivering the goods and the surprises! Things are heating up and picking up speed! This episode focused on Angela’s childhood and we get some delicious little details that fill in some blanks. But the finale was huge! Talk about the elephant in the room!
Let me start with the trial of Adrian Veidt. Veidt sits in the courtroom in full Ozymandias garb as it looks like his fate is sealed with the verdict being decreed by a squeeling pig. When it came time for Veidt to present his case, he stood, cleared his throat and let out a big, noisy fart. “The defense rests.”
We believe that he is imprisoned on one of Jupiter’s moons. The trial has been going on for ‘365’ days which means we’re not sure when in the time line this is taking place. A couple of theories I have heard are very interesting. One is that the bronze statue of Veidt in Lady Trieu’s garden is actually Veidt! Perhaps his cumuppence of the trial? He got Han Solo’d! Another theory is that the object that came crashing down out of the sky in front of Lady Trieu and the couple whose land she had just bought could be Veidt returning to Earth. In any event, Veidt’s fate will be known in the next two episodes and my feeling is that He will be alive and play an important role in the finale.
“People who wear masks are dangerous and you should be scared of them. They’re hiding something”
Angela is being looked after by Lady Trieu. She has a big IV attached to her arm with a big tube that is supposedly attached to grandaddy Will. Lady Trieu admits that Bian is not her daughter or a clone of herself but actually a clone of her mother and she has been downloading her mother’s memories into Bian. It’s likely that Lady Trieu’s mom was killed in Vietnam by Dr. Manhattan.
Angela follows her IV to a door she believes Will is behind. But when she gets in she sees that her IV was actually attached to a huge elephant! That creeped me out! It makes sense that Lady Trieu is housing memories in an elephant. How many people’s memories are in that one elephant?
We get to see what happened to Angela’s parents. Her father was in the military and they are both killed by a suicide bomber. Angela is placed in an orphanage from hell and for a moment you think she will be saved by her grandmother June who comes to Vietnam with the intention of bringing her back to Tulsa. Unfortunately, June has a heart attack and dies. We know Angela stays in Vietnam and will meet Cal and we see here that a female Vietnamese cop was kind to her and made an impression on her and she will grow up to be a cop.
Back in the present, Lori goes to see Jane Crawford and suprise, surprise! Jane is in cahoots with Senator Keene and the 7th Kavalry. She pushes a button and Lori falls through a trap door in the floor. She is held captive and gets a visit for Keene who gives her a clue as to what their plan is, “It’s extremely difficult to be a white man in America right now so why not try being a blue one?”
Angela stumbles into a room where she sees people in the Blue phone booths where they can leave a message for Dr. Manhattan on Mars including the one Lori made in Episode 2. Lady Trieu waks in and they have a showdown in which Lady Trieu says, “Angela, are we going to keep fucking around here or are we going to be honest with each other?” Dr. Manhattan is not on Mars. He’s in Tulsa pretending to be human. Holy moly!
Angela high tails it out of there even ramming Red Scare’s car on her way out. She gets home and tells Cal that the time they talked about has come. He seems confused. She takes ahammer and hits him in the noggin, knocking him out. She then proceeds to whack him a few more times and reaches into his skull and pulls out a circular object that looks like the symbol on Dr. Manhattan’s forehead.
“Hey, baby, we’re in trouble” she tells Cal and a piano version of Life On Mars plays the episode out.
Cal is effin Dr. Manhattan!!!!! No wonder he doesn’t believe in a heaven or hel. He’s a God!!
Cal is reading For Whom The Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway when Angela comes home. Any significance to this? The hero of that book dies in the end, heroically.
The US won the Vietnam War and became the 51st state.
Images of Dr, Manhattan are everywhere in Vietnam. The children in the orphanage spend some of there time painting Dr. Manhattan dolls.
Sister Night was a movie that young Angela saw in the store and always wanted to watch but wasn’t allowed. Grandma June was going to watch it with her once they returned to Tulsa but they never made it. I’m sure Angela eventually saw it and of course took the name.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Dr. Manhattan can’t die!
2 Dr. Manhattan will save Lori
3 Keene and the 7th Kavalry will capture Dr. Manhattan.
4 We haven’t seen the last of Don Johnson. One more flashback.
5 Angela will make up with Wade and team up to take on the 7th Cavalry
I’ve been trying to think what other movie Parasite reminded me of. It reminded me of some Claude Chabrol films, perhaps some Hitchcock but it really is an original. It is a comedy, a drama, a thriller all wrapped up in a social satire about economic status and class warfare. It is an extremely smartly written film and beautifully directed by Bong Joon Ho (Snow Piercer). It is obviously this year’s Roma but will it get nominated in both Best Picture and Best Foreign Film as Roma did?
A down on their luck family find ways to scheme and scrape together a living while dreaming of a big payoff that will set them up for the rest of their life. They’re a family of con men and they zero in on a young couple and their family. They manage to get jobs with this family without them finding out that they are related. Everything goes as planned until something happens and their plan gets derailed. The film takes a huge turn from being an amusing lark into a harrowing ordeal.
The performances are perfect. You really get drawn into the story and taken places you didn’t expect. The direction is creative and the set design is terrific from the little basement hovel the family live in to the gorgeous, sprawling home of the wealthy family. I found out that the house was built just for the film! That is amazing! I expect an Oscar nod for Production Design.
I urge you to see this film. Don’t be scared off because there are subtitles. You will quickly be captivated by the well written story and find yourself absorbed by the plight of both families. Parasite is one of the best films of the year.
The Lighthouse is a highly unusual and stylized film. It feels like a ghost story, a horror film and a Beckett play all in one. Director Robert Eggers (The Witch) has created a unique and original film. It is beautifully shot in black and white and takes place entirely on a small island. It is creepy and haunting and unlike anything you’ll have seen before.
Two men arrive on this small island outpost off the New England coast to man the lighthouse. An older man, Tom (Willem Defoe) and a young man, Winslow (Robert Pattinson). There are only supposed to be there for four weeks but of course, things go awry. You couldn’t ask for two different people. Tom is an old sea dog with a thick Scottish accent and a limp. Winslow is a brooding handsome lad who seems to hate being there. Tom is demanding and annoying, constantly farting and drinking and he will not allow Winslow to take a shift manning the light tower. Winslow must do his daily duties which is nothing but monotonous drudgery. Eventually these two men bond, become friendly, become adversarial then begin mistrusting each other. Isolation can be maddening and madness begins to take hold of these two odd men. But the turning point hinges on an ornery sea gull and Winslow’s temper. Oh and did I mention the mermaid?
This is a psychological play on film. A two hander as they say in the theater. Dafoe and Pattinson give their all and play off each other very well. Dafoe has some lines of dialogue that are just magnificent and being from the theater, The Wooster Group, specifically, Dafoe has no trouble going bog with a character. Pattinson has been making some well thought out choices in his film roles since the twilight movies. He really takes strides in his street cred with this performance.
The film starts off slow and dreamy and builds confidently with a growing sense of dread. It’s a wild ride filled with disturbing imagery and violence. But it is a very well crafted film. Think of what an episode of The twilight Zone might have looked like if Edgar Allen Poe had written it and Ken Russell had directed it. I didn’t pick Poe out of the air, the film is based on an unfinished short story by Poe himself.
“The uniform a man wears changes him. Make sure the uniform you wear changes you for the better.”
The opening sequence is part of an episode of American Hero Story. Hooded Justice is being questioned by two detectives. They want him to take the hood off so they can take a picture of him to use as blackmail. They want him to steal some photos that his lover, Captain Metropolis has that show Metropolis with J. Edgar Hoover! HJ takes off the hood to reveal a very “pretty” white man. But HJ isn’t playing their game. He proceeds to beat them to death.
Well, this episode was simply amazing! Director Stephen Williams does a masterful job creating a dreamscape of Will’s memories where Will is played sometimes by Regina King and mostly by Jovan Adepo, also another cast member from Lindelof’s The Leftovers. The black and white photography, the editing, the music, the acting, the directing are all masterful and I expect many Emmy nominations for this episode alone. It simply can’t be described. You need to experience it. But here’s a humble recap anyways.
Angela has downed most of the bottle of Will’s Nostalgia pills and goes for a little ride. Lori tries to get her to tell her where Will is before she is overtaken by the pills and fails. Soon Angela is seeing a man drumming in her cell and a woman playing piano. What follows is not only Will’s backstory but the origin story of Hooded Justice because will and HJ are one and the same.
“You are an angry man, Will Reeves” June
Will has moved to New York city with his wife June, who was the baby girl wrapped in an American Flag that Will saved when he was a boy in the Tulsa massacre aftermath. Will becomes a cop, inspired by the hero from his favorite film Trust In The Law about Bass Reeves, the black marshall of Oklahoma. But in the real world he is not wanted by his fellow cops who moonlight as klansmen. When he graduates the academy, the white chief skips him in the line and he is instead welcomed by the famous black lieutenant, Battle, who shispers in his ear, “Beware of the Cyclops”.
When Will arrests a white man who tosses a molotov cocktail in a shop owened by Jews he quickly is taught a harsh lesson. Some of his fellow cops take him out of town, put a hood on his head and a noose around his neck and strings him up from a tree. The POV shot during this is horrifying. They cut him down, only meaning to scare him. He wanders back into town, the noose still around his neck, he hears screaming coming from an alley. A white couple are being attacked by three white men. Will puts the hood back on and proceeds to save the couple.
When he gets home June tends to him and the next morning his heroism is all over the papers. June tells him, “You aren’t going to get justice with a badge, Will Reeves, you’re going to get it with that hood. And if you’re going to stay a hero, townsfolk are going to have to think one of their own is under it? So he applies make up around his eyes to make him look white and goes out wearing the hood and the noose and becomes the first hooded vigilante.
At one point, Will/Angela freezes in mid air as she jumps through a window. Lori has given her a sedative to slow down the effects of the Nostalgia and brings in her husband, Cal, to try to break through to her and bring her back but it doesn’t work, she keeps reliving Will’s memories. Will is visited by Nelson Gardner who says he represents Captain Metropolis. There are several people who have been inspited to become masked crime fighters like the famous Hooded Justice. They’re forming a group calling themselves ‘The New Minutemen” and they want HJ to join. June is against it but Will still wants to find the Cyclops and he’ll need help which he won’t get from his fellow policemen.
Of course, Nelson Gardner IS Captain Metropolis and he and HJ become lovers. I now see that, what I thought was porn that Wade was watching in Episode 5 was actually an episode of American Hero Story. However, it seems that Captain Metropolis isn’t much interested in fighting Will’s war. When violence breaks out a movie theater in Harlem, Will discovers that the KKK are behind it and are using a special strobe machine that hypnotizes people into making them susceptible to suggestion.
Will calls Nelson to assemble the Minutemen but Nelson refuses. Will runs into that same old white guy that he arrested at the beginning of the episode and that he encounters mid way through, running a store that doubles as a cover for a KKK outpost. He learns that the big warehouse nearby is his and decides to take matters into his own hands without any help. He shoots him in the head then proceeds into the warehouse and kills everyone in it. He saves the strobe machine, piles the dead bodies to form a pyre and sets the place aflame. As he stands outside watching it, it reminds him of watching Tulsa burn when he was five.
When he gets home he finds his son applying the white makeup around his eyes and wearing the noose around his neck. He just wanted to be like daddy but Will flies into a rage and starts wiping the make up off his son’s face, scaring the boy. June swoops in and has had enough. She’s moving back to Tulsa with her son.
We finally see what happened to Judd. Will used the mind controlling technique on him to make him hang himself. He used a flashlight sized strobe to hypnotize Judd. Judd was lucid for a minute, long enough to say that the KKK outfit in his closet belonged to his father, just as Wade suspected. Why Will wanted him dead, i’m not sure. Perhaps Judd’s great grandfather was sherrif in Tulsa in 1921? Or he’d run across Judd at some point that we haven’t seen yet.
June wakes up, a tube in her arm, apparently providing some life saving medicine and Lady Trieu watching over her. How did she get there? Where’s Lori? What does Angela think about her grandfather now?
Jovan Adepo played Regina King’s son in The Leftovers.
Hooded Justice’s back story was not included in the original Watchmen graphic novel so Lindelof had wiggle room to play with his origin story.
Lt. Battle was a real person! And was the first black lieutenant on the New York police force.
Interesting how Will is shown having relationships with men and women and not a whole lot of commentary about it. It’s just how he was. The director, Stephen Williams, says they considered Will, ‘sexually fluid’
The book that the KKK learned their mind controlling technique from is called Mesmerism for The Masses written by WC Florentine. Will we meet this person I wonder?
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Will and Lady Trieu’s plan will use the mind controlling technique using the Millennium Clock.
2 Lady Trieu is rejuvenating Will with one of her transfusions.
3 Angela’s parents were killed in Vietnam by The Comedian, her father.
4 Lube Man must make a return appearance!
5 Veidt will escape his prison and will meet Wade.
“Accept the future.” Dante
Well this was a pretty dark mid season finale! It sets everything up nicely for the back half of the season which should prove to be very exciting and tense.
The cold open was a doozy! Rosita comes to check on Saddiq con baby. They’re greeted by Dante who speaks Spanish to Rosita. Nice touch. But Rosita senses something’s wrong and when Dante can’t convince her to go he comes at her with a knife.
Meanwhile Saddiq reanimates! He comes out of the bedroom and heads straight hit the defenseless baby laying in the corner, crying. Can you imagine seeing your zombie dad coming to eat you? Chilling! Rosita manages to subdue Dante in time to stab Zombie Saddiq in the noggin. Roll the opening credits!
Aaron makes progress with Gamma. She’s willing to trade telling them where Alpha is keeping the walker herd in exchange for letter her see her nephew. Aaron takes the message back to Alexandria and discovers that Saddiq is Dead. Dante refuses to talk. These Whisperers are dedicated to their leader. Why is Gamma so easy to blab?
They have the funeral for Saddiq and then Daryl, Carol and Aaron are off to rendezvous with Connie, Magna and Kelly to see if Gamma’s info is correct.
Rosita tried to work off her grief by killing some walkers but gets in trouble until Eugene comes along to help her out. It’s a very awkward but sweet reunion. Oh you can see the writing on the wall!
“Encourage your paranoia about us, which will push you into bad decisions. Places like this are cruel promises to their people and they crumble at the smallest nick. Hell, I’m going to enjoy watching you tearing each other apart wondering what to do with me, just like with Negan.” Dante
Rosita tried to open up to Gabriel about how she’s afraid to tie and leave her baby alone. Gabriel has more important things on his mind and basically tells her she’ll get over it. That didn’t sit well with the little lady. Knowing he needs to make amends he goes to visit Dante in the cell and makes the call. Justice must be done so he proceeds to ventilate Dante with about 15 new holes. Rosita watches him leave the scene if the crime with his hands covered in blood. She cuddles her baby and seems to nod in approval.
“My mercy prevails over my wrath”
Meanwhile, Michonne, Judith and Luke are making their way to Oceanside. Luke is whistling Rachmaninov because he’s in love and convinced them to stop at at a library along the way for some new books. Luke gets assailed by sone walkers and sone guy comes out of nowhere to save him. Michonne gets word about Saddiq and they make Oceanside post haste. The Good Samaritan left his bag at the library and follows them to Oceanside to retrieve it but gets caught. Look, he’s a shady looking character who shows up with a herd of walkers behind him. Judith sliced his leg as he tries to escape and Michonne questions him.
She is tough on him but he says something that triggers her. “Mercy is in short supply these days”. Michonne remembers what Rick said once. The things that Carl’s death inspired in him. The resaon he didn’t kill Negan. “My mercy prevails over my wrath”. She decides to trust him and believes he’s not a threat. He’s just trying to get back to his family who apparently live on a nearby island and also happen to have a cache of weapons. So she decides to go back with him on a boat to his island.
The end of the episode is just crazy stupid. Gammas info turns out to be bad. They don’t find the walker herd. But Carol sees Alpha and decides to chase her which is what she wants! And of course, the rest of the group go after them. It’s a trap of course! They end up trapped in a cave with the walker herd! No way out! Negan will have to go save them! Of course! Carol has acted stupidly all season. Daryl is to blame too for knowing this and allowing her to put all their lives in danger. It should be an exciting last 8 episodes!
Speaking with my friend Charlotte, we just can’t believe that any Whisperer, after seeing Alexandria, wouldn’t want to trade in their skin suit and side with Michonne!
I have to say I’m with Gabe on this one. Dante needed to die.
Judith is badass just like her step mom!
There are way too many characters! Some of them go missing for many episodes at a time. Where is Aiden? Yumiko?
I loved the little scene between Ezekiel and Carol. So sad.
5 Things I Think I Know
1 Carol has gone loco. I think she’s gonna die in the season Finale. Probably saving Connie’s life.
2 Gamma. I can’t figure out her purpose. Is she really going to sell out Alpha or is she scheming to take control of The Whisperers? I have to say she has to have a bad motive to help Alexandria. She hasn’t been around long enough to have a conversion.
3 Eugene will get together with Rosita! It’s gonna happen!
4 Ezekiel will go out heroically.
5 Michonne is going to find proof that Rick is still alive and will go off in search of him. That’s how she makes her exit
This episode centered on Siddiq and that’s not always a good thing. I always complain that there are too many characters on the show and that they need to be thinned out. I finally got my wish.
First though, Carole brought her prisoner back to Alexandria which infuriated Gabriel. They had to kick Lydia out of the cell to through this guy in. It looks like he won’t talk and then Lydia suggest using sugar instead of threats. Carole puts in her Homemaker Carol face and brings the prisoner homemade bread and various jams. At first, it looks like it’s gonna work until he spits it back in her face. He is never going to talk. Carol very calmly stands, outs her wedding ring on and starts beating the prisoner. Once Gabriel and Daryl pull her off, Siddiq and Dante come in and treat the prisoner. The prisoner looks at Siddiq and says “I know you” and Siddiq freaks out and Dante tells him to go outside.
Carol talks to Lydia and convinces her yo come gown to let the prisoner see her. Alpha has told her people that she killed Lydia so seeing her alive would shatter them. But by the time they return to the cell, the prisoner starts having seizures and dies. Dante discovers that he was given hemlock and suggests it was Siddiqs fault because he packed the medical bag.
Saddiq feels like he’s losing it. He has a long scene with Rosita where he opens up to get snd she comforts him snd gives him support. We’ve seen very few scenes of these two though we know they had a relationship and a child but this is the first time we see the attraction.
Poor Siddiq visits the old lady he’s been looking after that has whatever has been going around the community. And when he discovers Dante digging a grave and seeing that it’s the old lady he loses it. He sits by the man made lake they made and decided to end it. It made sense. I was expecting it. But the Rosita jumped in after him and saved him. She gives him a pep talk and he pulls himself together. He even has a ‘eureka’ moment and realizes that people are getting sick via the water filtration system.
He goes back to his room and Dante comes to visit. Saddiq has a new found energy. He seems like he’s about to recommit to bring better and helping people. And that’s when he realizes something. He knows Dante from somewhere else. He recognizes his voice. Dante was in the barn with him when Alpha was chopping heads. He was the Whisperer holding Saddiq down. Holy crap! Just as Saddiq realizes it Dante stabs him! Farewell, Saddiq! I did not expect it!
Meanwhile, on the borderline between Whisperer territory and Alexandria, Aaron and Gamma have been developing a flow moving trust. Alpha wants Gamma to get info from Aaron but Gamma has been drawn to Aaron’s decency and talking about how good they have it in Alexandria.
Carol convinces Lydia to take off with her and they get on horseback and end up in the bridge with Aaron and Gamma. Gamma seed Lydia and freaks out! Lydia realizes that Carol has used her to gain an advantage over Alpha and runs off on her own. Carol effed up!
5 Things I Think I Know
Dante is a twisted Mofo! But Rositas gonna take him out.
Carol has to make it up to Lydia but will end up captured by Alpha
Negan is gonna save Carol but not until the Mid Season premiere and hell do it without blowing his cover with The Whisperers.
Where’s Michonne been? Her and Judith gonna go on a killing spree in the mid season finale
Daryl is going to profess his love to Connie (in sign language of course)
NEW JERSEY 1985 THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK IS AT ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT (TICK TOCK)
This was a Looking Glass-centric episode, also known as Wade Tillman wonderfully paid by Tim Blake Nelson. The first scene was effin awesome! We some a young wade coming to a New Jersey seaside town to spread the word of God to these sinful heathens when he encounters a young girl who leads him into the Fun House, making him think he was going to get lucky but steals his clothes and runs out, Before he can chase her a terrible thing happens. A sound shatters the fun house mirrors and causes him to bleed from the ears. He wanders out to discover hundreds of people are dead. The camera keeps pulling back and back and back all the way to New York City where we see a giant squid laying across the NYC skyscrapers and thousands are dead. Wade was there! And he has been traumatized by it.
This is why he is so obsessed with the study of squids and why he lives in a bunker and why he wears a mask. As Lori said in Episode 3, “people wear a mask to hide from the pain”. We see that Wade is in a lot of pain. He is estranged from his wife who he is still friendly with and who helps him with some free scientific assistance. It seems she still cares about him but his own issues have driven a wedge between them. The pills that Angela asked him to identify, he is told by his ex, is a drug called Nostalgia. It is a drug that are memories in pill form that can sometimes lead to psychosis. It is also a custom made drug so those pills contain Will’s memories.
We see Wade runs a company called Clarity Consumer Research. We see him do some market research studies on a come back to New York promo that even has Michael Imperioli saying “You know how we like our squid now? With some lemon juice and little marinara”. But Wade tells the group that people hated the promo. He reminds them that people are still traumatized by what happened when three million people died. “That was a long time ago, people have moved on”, he’s told. “Well, they’re not moving on to New York” he tells them.
“Hey Mirror Guy!” Lori to Wade
Lori calls Wade into her office and we get some background on Wade. “You were in New York on 11/2”, she reads. “You were near the psychic blast. Still have trouble sleeping?” Wade tells her that he sleeps just fine in a way that says that you know he is lying. He joined the force right after White Night which means he got to start wearing his mask, a reflective aluminum that protects him from future psychic blasts. His baseball cap also is lined with the same material. Lori also lets him know that she’s bugged the cactus on his desk and asks him what the pills are. He doesn’t know yet and he wouldn’t have told her if he did.
We see that Wade wears his mask all the time. When he’s at home he watches a porn film that has the Masked Avenger having anal sex with another costumed avenger. “Don’t look at me” the Masked Avenger tells him. “Why not? I know you’re beautiful under there.” Wade identifies with this. He is so vulnerable.
He also runs a help group for people who suffer trauma that stems from the events of 11/2. He tries to be strong. He tells them that when that ‘abomination’ transported into New York City it united the world and it prevented an almost certain nuclear war. A new person walks in. It’s Paula Malcomson! He leads the goup in their mantra and then runs into Renee (Malsomson) in the parking lot. She strikes up a conversation with Wade and they go for a drink. They flirt and Wade actually smiles. They call themselves cabs and have a little make out session outside the bar. “You’re right. I’m still inside the tunnel” Wade tells her. She gets in the truck that comes to pick her up and as it drives away a head of lettuce falls out the back. Wade follows it to a warehouse. He calls for back up. He searches the truck and finds gun. He ventures inside and sees a group of Kavalry teleporting basketballs. He tries to arrest them all which seemed like a crazy idea! It was. It was a set up. She lured him there. The gun was loaded with blanks.
Wade is taken to a room with a wall of video screens. He is joined by a Kavalry member whose voice he recognizes. “Are you even going to try to disguise your voice, Senator?” he asks. Sure enough it’s Senator Keene. Keene tells him that he came down to take charge of the Kavalry to keep more cops from getting killed. He controlled the Kavalry and his buddy Judd controlled the cops. “That ain’t true” Wade says. “Is anything true, detective?” Keene says. He then shows him a video. A shocking truth
Wade watches a video made by Adrian Veidt on 11/1/1985. The day before that giant squid gets teleported into New York City. He addresses the newly elected president Robert Redford. Though Redford won his election in 1992 and he first watched this video the day after he was sworn in in 1993, Veidt recorded the video years before. Veidt tells him that the squid that teleported into NYC was not from outer soace but sent by him. It was all a hoax intended to save the world which it did. Veidt is hoping with Redford’s help, to create a utopia, a gentler kinder world. He then says that over the next few hours he will further explain to Redford what he has in mind. We don’t see the rest of the video but we assume that wade watches it all.
The next morning, Wade puts on his mask and goes to work. Angela comes to his deask and Wade tells her that the pills are Nostalgia and that he wants to help her. Angela then tells him about Will and in turn has told Lori because of that damn cactus. “I’m sorry”, he tells her. Lori comes out of Judd’s office with her gun raised and places Angela under arrest but before they can cuff her she swallows a bunch of those pills.
Wade comes home to find the replacement security kit at his door. He throws it in the trash but goes back for it which means he hasn’t completely let go of his anxieties, He goes in the house and soon after a van pulls up and several Kavalry members with shot guns pile out and head for Wade’s door.
VEIDT TAKES FLIGHT
Meanwhile, Veidt and his clone servants have prepared for the final eperiment to take place. Veidt gets in his ‘space suit’ is attached to a long rop, gets in the catapult and is shot into the air! And just as many expected, he punctures the sky and ends up floating in space! He lands on what appears to be one of the moons of Julpiter! What we also see there are hundreds of Mr. Philips’ and Ms. Crookshanks’. Veidt proceeds to use these bodies, breaking limbs, if necessary, to create a distress signal. When the satellite passes by, someone on earth will see the message, “HELP ME, D”.
Who is D? His old friend Dan Drieberg? The Nite Owl? Suddenly, the rop is pulled and he is dragged back to his prison. His jailer on horseback, wearing a mask is very angry. He looks like Mr. Philips, perhaps the original. He indicates that Veidt will pay a price for his insolence. What might that be?
The episode makes good use of Wham’s Careless Whisper.
That image of the giant squid was amazing!
Wade is a sad man. Now that he knows the truth about the event that traumatized him what will he become now? Stronger or more pitiful?
Renee talks about seeing the Steven Spierlberg film about the events of 11/2 called Pale Horse which seems to be the film he made instead of Schindler’s List but uses the imagery of the little girl in the red coat walking around in the aftermath.
5 Things I Think I Know
1 Angela is going to learn so much reliving Will’s memories!
2 Will obviously meant for her to take them.
3 Judd was Kavalry all along!
4 Who is Veidt’s captor? He wears a mask too! He’s just the jailer. Lady Trieu is the one who put him in that prison.
5 Now that Paula Malcomsen (Deadwood, Ray Donavon) has made an appearance I expect her to play a major role. She’ll come to Looking Glass’ aid!
“I’m ready for my goddam skin suit” Negan
This was a fun episode. Seeing Negan and Beta together reminded me of Charles Gordon and Robert DeNiro In Midnight Run. They make a terrific comedy duo!
Negan has been captured by The Whisperers only Negan is a talker. Man, can he talk! And it is annoying the hell out of Beta who damn near takes his head off with a knife in both hands! Alpha stops him of course and tells him to teach him their ways. But Beta doesn’t trust him. He shouldn’t. Beta is against it but Alpha gets in his face and asks him if HE wants to be in charge. “Never!”, Beta tells her and then ‘bends the knee’. Negan gets a kick out of that.
There’s a nice montage of Beta showing Negan how to skin a walker and then digging a hole to cook up a wild boar that Negan has hunted down. But when the boar is done Beta won’t let him have any. No matter, the rank and file Whisperers have taken a shine to Negan and one of them shares his pork with him.
They go on a walk amongst the dead and Negan’s trying to convince Beta that he wants to join their merry band but Beta wants him gone so he ends up killing the guy that shared his food and leaves Negan to fend off the horde.
He should have been toast but he’s Negan! When he shows up back at camp alive and well Alpha is impressed. Negan bends the knee and Alpha leans in close to him and gives the Whisperer hi sign; forefinger to closed lips and a quiet “shhhhhhhhhh’.
Meanwhile Eugene has never been so popular! First, a sick Rosita calls him and asks when he’s coming back to Alex’s Dora. Does she miss him? He hopes. But then the radio goes haywire and by the time he fixes it and calls her back she’s in the infirmary. This illness looks like it’s turning into a problem. But Eugene connects with another woman on the line. They talk for a long time but are very careful not to overstate. Eugene doesn’t want you lose this new connection though. He agrees that they can talk as line at as. Arranged meeting place. Could she be Gamma?
Then there’s Daryl and Carol. Carol is not in her right mind. Daryl knows it but goes along with her plan to cross into Whisperer territory yet again! Carol says she just wants to observe them and perhaps discover where they’ve hidden their huge walker herd. But Carol st er is on a noisy tee we if snd they are quickly surrounded by walkers and Whisperers. Daryl kills a walker and then smears himself with walker guts (that old chestnut) to go undetected. When he hooks up with Carol again she has captured a Whisperer! She brought hand ties with her meaning that was her plan all along. Daryl is angry but what can he do? She’s his bestie!
Carol asks Daryl about Connie. He shrugs it off. “It’s not that way”. Carol says “why not?”
That’s what I say, too. He and a Carol are just best friends. He and Connie have sparks.
Saddiq is losing time now. His PTSD is getting worse
What is this new virus going around? Are we going to have another outbreak like from Season Four in the prison?
No Michonne or Judith in this one. Expect a healthy dose of both in the next episode.
5 Things I Think I Know
1 Negan will ally with Gamma
2 the Whisperers like Negan. They will take his side over Alpha
3 Look, there are way too many characters! Ezekiel must die!
4 or I will accept Michonne taking Ezekiel to the Commonwealth where they may be able to
5 Looks like Rosita misses Eugene. They’re going to end up together just like in the comic.
Episode 4 moves very swiftly as we are introduced to Lady Trieu. She plays hardball with a child-less couple by offering them their own baby who she has created from their own sperm and egg in exchange for their home and property. She apparently needs it for her ‘Millennium Clock’ project. Lady Trieu will become a major character in the rest of the season and she is a very interesting character indeed.
Angela goes to the bakery and tries to clean up every bit of eveidence that Will was there, even breaking down his wheelchair into pieces that fit into a gym bag. She then breaks into the reparations center to see her family tree which confirms that Will is her great grandfather. As she leaves she runs into Lori who has just watched a car fall out of the sky in front of her. It’s Angela’s car and Angela finds Will’s pills in the glove compartment.
Angela seeks out Looking Glass’ help. She asks him to find out what the pills are and to keep the KKK outifit she found in Judd’s closet. “He was a racist” Angela says. “He was a white man in Oklahoma” Looking Glass tells her. The outfit was old school, perhaps it belonged to Judd’s father’s who was also a lawman.
Meanwhile, Lori has moved into Judd’s office and has taken charge of the police department. She tells Angela that they’ve found Will’s fingerprints in the car and knows that the wheel chair tracks probably belonged to Will. She also tells her that Will was a cop in New York in the 40s and 50s but retired early. Agent Petey comes in with some info and before you know it the three of them are driving off to visit Lady Trieu. This is the best scene of the episode. Lori and Angela get to know each other. Lori tells her that the reason people wear masks is due to some trauma they experienced as a child. Then she tells Petey to tell Angela what her trauma is. “Agent Blake’s parents were The Comedian and Silk Spectre.” Her father raped her mother and that is how Lori came to be. Lori seems to like Angela. I love that Lori was willing to share this with Angela but I suppose she should have known since it seemed to be common knowledge.
Angela wanted to know why Lori was so interested in her car. Lori says the car disappeared the night Judd died so it must be ‘of a piece’. She’s right of course. How does a car fly away and then get dropped from the sky all of a sudden? The answer seems to lie with Lady Trieu and her Millennium Clock project. They have flying crafts being used for the construction. Lori and Angela meet with Lady T who seems willing to cooperate fully with their investigation. Then, Lady T starts speaking with Angela in Vietnamese. “Your grandfather wants to know if you found his pills?” T says. “Tell that mother fucker he should ask me himself” Angela answers. Lori notices that Lady T has a gold statue of Adrian Veidt but wonders why it depicts him as old rather than in his prime. Veidt disappeared four years ago and Lady T bought his company.
Meanwhile, in crazy town, meaning Adrian Veidt’s world, Veidt is in a row boat in a lake fishing out fetuses! He picks two and brings them back to his lab where he puts them in a chamber flips the switch and brows them into new versions of Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks! He brings them back to his castle and explains that he is their ‘master’ but not their ‘creator’. Their creator must be also his prison keeper. Apparently he was so upset about his failed experiments from the last episode that he killed all the other clones.
He then uses a giant catapult to shoot the dead bodies of the various Phillips and Crookshanks into the sky where he watches them disappear through his telescope. The whole place seems to be a large construct created to keep Veidt prisoner. At first, Veidt felt it was a paradise but no longer. He wants out.
The episode ends with Lady T’s daughter having a nightmare. She’s in bed connected to an IV which furthers the theory that she is some kind of clone. She rushes to her ‘mother’ and tells her of the nightmare she had. She describes a story of her village being burned down and her running away, barefoot and in fear. “My feet still hurt”, she says. “Good”, Lady T tells her and then refuses to walk her back to her bed. As she starts back to her room she says, “Goodnight Will” and we see that lady T has been sitting there having tea with Will. Will, it turns out, doesn’t need a wheelchair and he is in cahoots with Lady T in whatever plan they have going which is going to take place in three days. “I’m all in”, Will tells her, “Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock”
Looking Glass lives in a bunker and is obsessed with squids. Could squids figure again in the future? I don’t think so. But it is a clue to what will. Lady T seems to be creating something similar to what Vedit did in the comic but is her intention the same? World peace?
Angela had an odd encounter with a guy now known as “Lube Man”! Who the hell is he? Is that his only power?
What’s with the birthday cake that Vedit makes Ms Crookshank cook him every day? It has to mean something, right? Everything does!
Angela met her husband Cal in Vietnam. How? What did happen to Angela’s parents, whom Angela tells Lori, died when she was very young? Obviously, the source of her pain.
5 Things I Think I Know
1 Angela and Lori will became partners
2 Lady Trueu’s daughter is a replica of her.
3 Will is really Dr. Manhattan
4 Veidt is a prisoner on Mars
5 The ‘Tick- Tock’ is referring to another apocalyptic moment. Not squids this time. But the end of electrical power.