This season is REALLY picking up. I’ve been enjoying it all the way through, but now that I’m at the mid-point, we’re really cooking.
This episode has a subplot involving The Deep (Chase Crawford) which had me very confused at first, but just roll with it and you’ll be fine. It’s also got a great payoff which is a lot of fun. We get a little more with Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara). Their relationship is changing and developing this season, and is not as simple as it was, but I’m thoroughly enjoying this storyline.
Much like The Deep, Homelander (Antony Starr) has a sequence in here that totally lost me at first, but as per usual it eventually explains everything. My goodness, it’s a very weird and uncomfortable sequence.
We also see a road trip involving Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Hughie (Jack Quaid) and Annie/Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Here we are treated to a scene that is very reminiscent of an iconic moment in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. I absolutely loved this moment as it is so perfectly executed, and the soundtrack choice works beautifully. Further, in this sequence we also are given some very good insight into a couple of characters.
In the last couple of reviews I’ve been talking about the Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) story line. And that’s really building more and more. While I wouldn’t say that I’m enjoying it (due to the actual plot points) it is being executed very well.
A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) doesn’t have a big role in this episode, but he does feature in a very pivotal moment that could have major implications going forward.
Stormfront (Aya Cash) continues to be an amazing new character that I like, or completely dislike depending on the scene. But I do think that Cash is an absolute scene-stealer, and I can’t take my eyes off of her when she’s on screen.
Towards the end there is also a very emotional sequence. It literally had me tearing up. The acting in it is outstanding, particularly with the female in the scene. Yes, I recognize that some know the Kimiko character as “The Female” for a while, but that’s not who I’m talking about. Honestly, from an emotional standpoint, this was one of my favorite scenes of the show since it began.
Finally, the way the episode ends is so viscerally uncomfortable, but also so very much in keeping with the character that it involves. Again, I’m being extremely vague, but believe me, that’s for the best.
I had an absolute blast with episode 4. This season just keeps getting better. I intend to review every episode a few days before they drop. So make sure to check back to In The Seats to get my full spoiler-free thoughts! Episode 4, “Nothing Like it in the World” drops on Amazon Prime this Friday, September 11.