This episode is absolutely insane. It’s mayhem. It might be my favorite of the season thus far. It’s a bit of a heist story (and not the only one in this series), and it gets crazy. But before we get to that…
We’re given a Frenchie backstory that I really liked. I have found that his character, along with Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) have been a little under-represented this season. But here, the episode shows us some context for Frenchie and his motivation going back I believe eight years. It connects to a new character introduced here (more on that later), but also gives us a little more to work with when it comes to his relationship with Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). I think Tomer Capon (who portrays Frenchie) is absolutely excellent in this episode.
The episode introduces a new character as I mentioned, a character that season one referenced many times, and one that Shawn Ashmore plays. I’m pretty sure who he’s playing is a matter of fact, but I won’t go there just to be safe. I really dug the character. The episode presents him as one thing, but as it rolls along, again, we get more context. And we come to understand his perspective as well. I did think that Ashmore was quite strong in the role.
There is a moment with Mother’s Milk in this episode that is so incredibly messed up that I laughed uncontrollably while feeling tremendously uncomfortable. It was genuine laughter at what was happening, uncomfortable laughter at what was happening, and the way Alonso plays his reaction is priceless. Oh, you’ll know it when you see it without question.
Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) has an incredibly powerful sequence that is a callback to the first series that I imagine sets up the majority of her character arc for the remainder of this season, and I’m really curious to see where that goes. The episode also treats us to a huge reveal about a major character that has been hinted at, but not fully established.
Starlight (Erin Moriarty) continues her arc in taking her power back, even when she feels a little guilty doing so, at least at first. The climax has a very heavy confrontation that the episode builds up, and I thought they executed it beautifully. The acting in the scene was pretty well perfect, and I felt empathy for both characters. Yes, I’m being ridiculously vague again, but it’s for the best.
Finally there is a musical cue at the end that made me burst out laughing. It was absolutely perfect in both the song selection and the timing.
As I wrote earlier, “The Bloody Doors Off” is my favorite episode of this season. I absolutely cannot wait for everyone to see it. It dropped this Friday, September 25 on Amazon Prime.