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'The Smoke': Episode 2 SPOILER Discussion Thread
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anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: March 2nd, 2014 12:01 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hmmmm....hard to tell where this is going isn't it? It's a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion. Lots of questionable motivations and no clear answers.

For all his damage, Kev seems by far and away the most straight up character. He's not hiding anything anymore. The others, not so much.

Thought Jodie Whittaker was excellent. Despite what she's done, she still manages to make Trish a very sympathetic character. She's fucked up, but then haven't we all? Her relationship with Kev still seems very believable to me.

Mal, on the other hand, I have no sympathy for at all. He has very few redeeming qualities that I can see. I particularly disliked the way he manhandled Trish and basically refused to take no for an answer. Very well played by Taron Egarton though.

No idea what's going on with Asbo, he seems to be the most damaged of the lot of them.

Loved the scene with Ziggy at the end. She didn't really feature this week, so I kinda forgot she was around until that final scene.

Wonder that happened to the psychiatrist this week?

Btw re the nudity, it seems entirely appropriate to me. Like that way that Kev's injuries were treated in a very matter of fact manner this week. He's just another body and everyone just has to get used to it.

Thought the acting was brilliant throughout, though I think there's a bit of a danger that LK's writing will fall into some of the cliches she's obviously trying to subvert. That said, still think this is really compulsive viewing and, it goes without saying, JB is excellent.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 2nd, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I had to go back and take a look in the synopses, but there is an episode with a Ziggy-centric plotline coming; it's Episode 4.

It was interesting to me how the counselor didn't appear this ep, yet you can look at that night with Asbo as a fairly unconventional therapy session. Before that happened, even, he was shrugging her off and telling Nick yeah, don't need therapy, all good thanks. (Let's see how long that lasts, Guv.)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: March 3rd, 2014 01:27 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I hope we see some more layers to Mal because, right now, he's just coming off as a selfish ass to me. Maybe something happened to him in his life that makes him treat women as he does and causes him to refer to a young woman that was in so much pain she chose to end her life as a "cow". And it seemed to me he'd be fine continuing to sleep with his best friend's girlfriend.

The infidelity and baby cliches have me a bit concerned as well, especially since they both involve Trish.
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