July 18, 2024

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Barry “Chapter Two: Use It”

Season One, Episode Two

So, there was this thing with the pilot episode I skipped over, how Barry finally went to take his shot and ended up getting shot at himself, but he defended himself because, you know, Chechen mobsters and all.

This really isn’t the sort of profession Barry can just walk away from, no matter how much he tries.

I mean, I really like the juggling act Barry is performing here.  He’s trying to manage two very different career paths, one that is illegal that he’s good at, one that’s legal that maybe not very good at, and he’s not really good at juggling either way.  Plus, the acting thing doesn’t seem all that reliable.  About the one thing the acting does is it puts Barry somewhere  that he’s never been before:  face-t0-face with the loved one of a victim.  True, he didn’t actually kill Ryan himself, but that came more down to how the Chechens beat him to it.

NoHo Hank and his boss Pazar are in a bind since Barry killed their best men.  Granted, Barry doesn’t think they were that good if he was able to kill them so effortlessly, and Pazar has to keep the torture of Barry’s only friend(?) Fuches down because his daughter is having a sleepover in the next room while his guys are  filing Fuches’s teeth in the garage.

Man, that just sounds bad no matter how I slice it.

The point is, this seems to be a moment when Barry is trying to engage in self-reflection, and I am not sure either group is good for that.  Superficially, the actors, including Sally and Gene, are all kinda wrapped up in their own thing and don’t really see Barry as someone who might need help.  That’s evident when the celebration of Ryan’s life is that they all end up doing scenes from movies for each other, and Barry and Sally are doing Doubt, and that really doesn’t work for a funeral of any kind.

Then again, Sally seems put off that Barry wasn’t even thinking about sleeping with her.

The point is, Fuches is a weasel, the Chechens are violent, and those are the people Barry knows that he can maybe be more honest with.  The actors are varying degrees of self-absorbed.  At the very least, they aren’t all that curious about who Barry is or where he came from.

Then again, I am not sure anyone is, and that’s the real tragedy unfolding here.

Oh, and this is still a comedy.