One Robot Down, Two Remain. The Slow Dirge Towards Irrelevance
TOTDY is a pretentious, self-indulgent, narcissistic,navel-gazing, misogynistic, slow-moving mess that does look great but offers nothing in the way of plot, character development, nuance, real tension or, indeed, meaning. It's what happens when a studio (Amazon Prime) just hands out money to a self-professed auteur without any restrictions. So far, so bad.
For one reason or another, Miles Teller is still listed in the IMDB credits for this episode. Could it be to keep the suspense? If so, shame that director Nicholas Winding Refn doesn't care about suspense. Or tension. Or character development. Or narrative. Or nuance. Pretentiousness and tastelessness reach a new nadir in this episode, as a comic book-style massacre is accompanied by the strains of Richard Wagner. How original! How surprising! How culturally relevant! Except, it's not. In fact it's the contrary: It's obvious, vulgar, predictable, old-hat - and thus, self-defeating. The dialogue is as flat as a flat tire - during the better scenes. In others, it's howlingly preposterous and dumb. Refn is certainly no native speaker of English. Also, we get to see more of Diana, the high priestess of boredom and irrelevance. Big mistake to show more of her, as she never says anything interesting, does anything interesting, or in any way add meaningfully to the plot, such as it is. It's now Jaritza's and Jésus' show, but actually it's only Jaritza's - because Jésus is such a dull character. You'll be praying to a God, even if you don't believe in any of them, that Jésus gets knocked out cold. One can only hope, but .....
Which leads into the ultimate insult, Episode 10: A vermicular appendix of an ending; as useless, pointless, dumb and empty a finale as you've ever seen in the history of television. Have fun.
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