April 24, 2024

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Barry “The Show Must Go On, Probably?

Season Two, Episode One

There’s something to be said for learning violence doesn’t make someone’s problems go away but only makes them worse.

Barry is, at best, a wee bit delusional.  He’s only really good at killing people, doesn’t really know much about living a quiet, normal life, and he really wants everyone to just move on.  Detective Loach is on the case, looking for the missing-presumed-dead Janice Moss.  I mean, Barry knows she’s dead.  The audience knows it too, and we know that Barry did it.  But he’s trying to get everyone to get on with their lives in a way that makes Sally and his acting classmates to just assume he’s trying to block some of his own past trauma by moving on and assuming everyone else will do the same.

Gene, he’s in a depressed funk and isn’t coming back.  Gene was no saint, but it’s doubtful he deserves this, and his presence should remind Barry of the repercussions of his violent actions.  I’m not sure that it does, but that comes mostly from the fact that Barry isn’t really good at processing his actions.  He thinks the acting class is good therapy, something he repeats to Gene at the end of the episode, and Gene’s initial reaction seems to be that even he doesn’t buy that line in large part because he used to say it.

That seems to be a theme here.  Barry’s not the only one trying to move on like nothing happened.  Fuches’s Barry replacement got caught and killed with Fuches’s arrest likewise happening, and he lost a tooth at an LA crime scene.  NoHo Hank is enjoying life working with the Bolivians, but he’s not so keen to bring in a third partnership in the form of the local Burmese mafia.

The thing is, for all that Barry thinks he’s getting away with things, he isn’t.  He may be able to trick Gene and his classmates by pretending his first kill in Afghanistan haunted him (when, in fact, he was celebrated by other Marines when he did it), but Loach is suspicious, and NoHo Hank is not as simple and friendly as he often appears to be.  For all that Barry would like to pretend he can just go on without a care in the world, pretending his old, violent life never happened, his old ties are not quite ready to give up on him.

Plus, his lies to Sally, Gene, and the others…oh come on, sooner or later, those will come out.  Barry may be a comedy, but it’s also a dark one.  This is not the sort of show that is going to end pretty for a lot of these characters.  It’s mostly a matter of how many people Barry brings down with him.