February 26, 2024

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Barry “Chapter Six: Listen With Your Ears, React With Your Face”

Season One, Episode Six

You know, if you had told me I would be enjoying a show this much about a hired killer who can’t bring himself to really confront people because he doesn’t want to disappoint anyone or something, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.  That’s mostly due to the fact that I had no idea Barry was that kind of show.

I mean, it makes a certain amount of sense that you would think Barry would be better at confrontations and standing up for himself.  He’s a hitman, for crying out loud!  I don’t think “insecure” is the sort of description most people would give to someone in his profession.  And to be clear, Barry Berkman is very good at his actual job.  His efforts here, to basically let the more gung-ho Taylor take his place with Fuches, can’t possibly work because Taylor is a complete and total moron.  Barry knows about things like money laundering the cash taken from the stash house before he can spend it or even just not blasting pornography like it’s a regular TV show.  Taylor thinks bumrushing a dangerous position or putting a hot tub out in the middle of the desert near said dangerous position is a good idea, and even when he’s trying to help Barry, he’s only making things worse.

However, for all that Barry is good at, well, killing and keeping his tracks somewhat covered, he’s really bad at other things.  Taylor thinks Barry should kill Fuches.  Fuches thinks Barry should kill Taylor.  Barry doesn’t really want to kill either one of them.  Fuches, manipulative sociopath that he is, is Barry’s handler and the closest he had for a friend for a long time.  Taylor is a fellow Marine.  He likewise can’t tell either of them “no,” but by episode’s end, he won’t have to say anything to one of them anymore.

Then again, Barry is likewise finally figuring out, through one of Gene’s acting exercises, that Sally really isn’t all that into him.  Sally is vain and shallow herself, but Barry maybe needs, well, someone in his life that can treat him like an actual human being.  He’s either a tool or someone to more or less ignore.  The criminals he works with aren’t really interested in anyone’s well-being, but they’re nowhere near as shallow as the actors.

Special points to NoHo Hank and Pazar’s telling an underling who had been tailing Barry for a few episodes now to get over the fact that Barry killed the underling’s brother because that was, like, a week ago or something along those lines.

But man, Barry’s inability to actually stand up for himself–and again, he kills people for a living–is really coming around to biting him in the ass both professionally and emotionally.  He’s a man who daydreams about a quiet family life (with Sally of all people), but he has no way of really knowing what that is or how to achieve it, and quite frankly, I don’t think he’ll ever really figure it out.