So, these last two reviews have been delayed. Because Crihmuh, and laziness. I apologize. I bet ya’ll already finished the series.
But I digress.
It seems like the more the days drag on in Belfast, the more the boat is rocked on the waters. Above all else: nobody in this city has clean hands.
Chief among them, in a revealing set of events, is Officer Breedlove. For the record, his involvement in the Morgans’ escort ring was damning enough for me. But things get worse when we find out that not only was Olson also involved; Breedlove was sticking it to his woman behind his back. This of course sets up some interesting tension, especially in a telling moment during his interview with Officer Eastwood.
In the midst of questioning, Eastwood directly asks Breedlove if he was having an affair with Olson’s wife. Breedlove deflects however and, through tears, details Olson’s motivations to become an officer. The conflict is heartbreaking in a desperate way: the man lost his friend and, while fearing for his own life, must come to grips with the sins he kept from Olson. Michael McElhatton’s performance here is an admirable one and should be lauded.
The entire scene itself follows a line of diminishing returns, as Breedlove quickly realizes his options are up. His resulting suicide rocks the office, sending Eastwood into shock. It also induces an unintentionally hilarious that only someone as black-hearted as myself could enjoy.
On the other side of Belfast, we get a bit of professional drama as Spector maneuvers his way out of Jimmy’s threats to murder him and his family. The subterfuge here is lost on the less attentive viewer, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get it on the first take. His plots however get him in trouble with his higher-ups and makes for some darkly absurd dialogue after the fact.
On a larger scale, the complexity of Spector’s villainy finds bounds in the form of a letter written to Sarah Kay’s family. Besides killing her cat because they’re “evil creatures,” he feigns sympathy for killing her unborn child by proxy. Gibson however posits that he is truly sympathizing with himself for having his “perfect kill” ruined. At first the former suggests Spector has some shred of humanity left, no matter how small. The latter however, throws a bit of a monkey wrench in that theory.
If anything, Spector is most likely somewhere in the middle. The shades of grey he inhabits are all really dark though, however you slice it. This is enforced by the finale of the episode, cutting between Gibson’s interview of Spector’s proto-victim in college, and his pursuit of his latest victim.
Overall, this episode does good on building upon everything we’ve seen thus far. In particular, it handles the lead up to the season finale quite well. From last minute details to revelations, there’s no turning back now.
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