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THE OLD MAN S1E2 😊

PREMISE

Chase finds a temporary hideout, but Harold Harper and the authorities are still after him.

EPISODE MVPs

JOHN LITHGOW AND JEFF BRIDGES- I can understand how one can look at the advertisements for this show and think that the eponymous title of the old man is talking about the character played by Jeff Bridges. And although that’s true, episode two proves more than anything that this is the story about two men with a shared history. Two men are both very haunted and regretful individuals, albeit in different ways.

There have been many stories about nationwide/statewide pursuits throughout TV and film. In the long-lasting legacy of the ones that you know off the top of your head (The Fugitive, Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, No Country for Old Men, for example), there’s a great chance that the reason why you remember them is because the actors playing both sides of the law are equally engrossing. That is certainly the case here.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

THESE NEW PEOPLE- Because episode one focused on the characters played by Lithgow and Bridges, there’s only natural that episode two would introduce us to more of their worlds and the people they’re connected to. Alia Shawkat plays Angela, a very, very, loyal protege to director Harper. Joel Gray plays Morgan, the man who seems to have taught Harper and Chase everything they know about what they do. And Amy Brenneman plays Zoe, a recent divorcee who takes a liking to Chase.

The introduction of these characters somehow raises the stakes in a very unique way. Chase and Harper already had a lot to lose when we first met them. Now they have a little bit more. Brenneman especially sticks out here for several reasons. Brenneman has been pretty underrated for a long time, if not her whole career. She is very good here, like she has been in almost everything she has ever done.

LINE OF THE WEEK

“For what it’s worth… the thing they teach you at Langley is that when a mark brings up being cultivated first…even when they say they’ll never turn…and I mean ESPECIALLY when they say they’ll never turn… Well, you seem pretty good at your job I’m guessing you can fill in the rest.

-Raymond Waters to Angela-

(Hopefully, that’s not giving us any spoilers about what happens later on in the show)

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE

Okay. Hypothetical situation. 

You’re a female landlord who denies residence to a CUT UP AND a BRUISED man who is EASILY 30 years your senior….

His rebuttal to being denied residence is “Hey, let me cook for you.”…..

You let him in YOUR house to do so on the FIRST DAY that you’ve met him…

And he cooks so well, that you’re like….okay, you can have the place.

Although Amy Brenneman is pretty good as the character, the character’s deep connection with Chase feels very rushed and unrealistic. Zoe seems to be very unnecessary to the story so far.

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This episode was good but it had a whole lot of s*** going on. Perhaps too much. However, the performances and the tension of the show, in general, is still spot on. This still has the capability of being a gem of a series.

The episode ends with what I can only assume is a call to an assassin to take care of Chase. Violence is in the immediate future, but I do understand that story-building is first and foremost.

THE OLD MAN is streaming on Hulu now. New episodes premiere every Thursday on FX.

Eli Brumfield

Eli Brumfield in an actor/screenwriter from Seattle Washington, living in Los Angeles.

He is the host of the RV8 Podcast.

He hates the word cinefile, but considering how many films he consumes in a week...and how many films he goes out of his way to see, no matter the genre...he kinda seems to be one.

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