First reaction? Even more superficial than normal considering the circumstances of watching, which of course, requires a confession.
In a hotel room in Florence SC, having sent the boys, first to the pool for the duration, a plan that was shot up when I peaked out to see them sitting by the side, wrapped in towels, declaring that there were bugs and it was too cold. Wait till first commercial break. Take the Ipad and go in the lobby.
Well, no. I’m not SKYLER, at least, people.
(Where was that baby during this episode, anyway?)
So, I really do need to watch the whole thing again, in peace, unimpeded by maternal guilt, but for now, what I have to say is:
The intricacies of plotting are breathtaking (and mostly plausible, with some leaps). Even though we know that it’s not at all pre-planned from day 1 of production 6 years ago and details are usually plotted out after the bigger picture is sketched, still, it amazes, sends a chill, a frisson and a shudder of – paradoxically – both surprise and recognition.
Surprise because there are, indeed, twists and abrupt turns.
Recognition because we know it’s just true. It’s hyper-dramatized, but it reflects a deep, inarguable truth.
The plotting is tightly woven, and it’s about tightly woven actions.
Everyone is implicated. The title of the episode involves a plural noun. There is certainly one with the most guilt, one Original Perp, but behold how everyone else has become entangled. The levels vary: Some aid and abet, some are practically as guilty, some are entangled because they unknowingly benefit and don’t ask questions and a very few really are innocent victims.
But the actions of the Original Perp pull everyone in , cast a shadow on every choice and yes, stain every soul.
Is there a way out?
Who then can be saved?