Okay, my head's on straight now. And I have tea. Let's do this.
It's a real credit to Taron Egerton's performance that I am desperate to know what Asbo's motives are while at the same time part of me would really love to have seen him fall out of that tree onto his head. The damage that he's done, and the deliberacy with which LK is drawing out just WTF is going on with him and Gog and the rest of the estate. And watching poor Kev still clinging to hope that someone might give him a break and talk. (Oof, the desperation in Jamie's face in a couple of those knocking-on-doors moments...*sniffle*) And yet somehow he manages to give Kev a raggedy, slightly fucked-up but still effective channel he needs to unload some of that pent-up rage and, as a result, clear his head and realize what he wants, and what he needs and what Trish needs. That cocksure attiude he's been gradually rebuilding (again, Bamber = KILLING IT); Wee Dennis genuinely helps him move on a little bit. WHAT. This showwwww...
Alan Ford was pretty brilliant in that rescue scene. The best bit of which wasn't the explosions or the tension, but that while Kev and Asbo are breaking their backs trying to save him he is just yakkin' his head off. That was one of those "gotta wonder if this is based on a real story LK was told by a real firefighter" moments.
Just 2 eps in, but still impressed with the way that LK manages to take tropes that seem played out and find something interesting in them. "Shagging the best friend" is a top tier cliche that it's really difficult to stick the landing on anymore. And in all honesty, I'm still working it out but something about the sequence that led up to it felt more slapdash than it should have. (In the same way as the clusterfrak on the estate did last week, a sort of general chaos turned up to 11; interesting that happened again in about the same place in the script.) Still, the aftermath is quite surprising in that Trish feels guilty, yet has a sort of serene matter-of-factness to her which Jodie plays so well. "Well, shit... that happened. That's been threatening to happen, so I'm not gonna act shocked it did. But now let me show you why it can't happen again." And then she hits him with Kev's note. (That's where I choked up again this week, BTW.)
Mal... is an interesting one. Big props to Rhashan for bringing such genuine charisma to the table that helps us understand why Kev or Trish would even put up with some of that shit. Because he probably is a lot of fun to be around a lot of the time, when he isn't being a completely selfish twonk. And I have NO idea if this is where LK is going with this, but it's a thought I had: am sure it's not uncommon for many first responders to gradually experience a level of general emotional detachment. Because of how they compartmentalize all the horrible shit they see every day. If Mal already has it in his personality to be fairly cavalier and quicker to tell a joke than confront his feelings, over time he may have developed such a thick skin that he's forgotten how to trade in actual emotions. As a result, he's sort of stuck with what I think aren't invalid feelings for Trish; obviously they get on and can talk and have a laugh, he's infatuated with her and likely hoping this will continue. But there's no "there" there; they don't share the kind of connection she has with Kev. For all the OMFG ANGST ALL CAPS that those two are going through, they are pretty madly in love and the show brought that home again. That very last scene quickly goes from "no but really, oh shit, WHAT IS TRISH HIDING" to something that's still poignant but also really joyful and rather sexy, and you forget about all the unanswered questions because god damn, kids, MAKE THIS WORK!