'The Smoke': Episode 3 SPOILER Discussion Thread - Jamie Bamber News
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'The Smoke': Episode 3 SPOILER Discussion Thread
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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 8th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Okay, forgive me if this week I'm going to start from the end and work my way backward. ;)

Absolutely loved, loved, LOVED the scene with Kev at Asbo's flat. As much for what it begins to peel away from what the hell is going on exactly at Churchill Estate as for both Jamie and Taron Egerton being just utterly brilliant in their performances. Kev's nervous laughter when he realizes (albeit falsely) that Asbo's got an alibi, Asbo breaking down after his mum scolds him. Boooooyyyyys. *sniffle* Oh, and by the way... ASBO'S MUM, wot?! Beautiful work there from Sophie Stanton. She's shot straight up my list of favorite characters.

Side note: Sadly we have a confirmation that the baby Kev tried to rescue died. But it really made sense to wait to confirm that until now, as it's an emotional grace note both in that scene with Kev as well as Asbo confronting Gog at the club. (More about HIM in a bit...)

Loved pretty much all of Little Al's stuff this time out; starting to prove his mettle and developing some interesting dimensions. It's in his plotline that I think LK's explorations of masculine behavior is most successful in this ep; on the one hand, you've got Kev as a sort of pseudo father figure, whose approval Little Al is just longing for even though he acts pissy about it. (No accident it's Kev whose cheers he hears loudest when he's trying to get up off the mat; meanwhile, Asbo seems to also view Kev in a kind of paternal light. And we still don't know what the deal is with *his* actual father...) Yet on the other, you've got Little Al still floundering in his own efforts as a father; his heart's in the right place, even when he can't bring himself to be crooked. And he isn't really thinking about the full picture when he turns up to see his boy with a bashed up face and just scares the poor kid. But he's tryin', he's tryin' his best. And he did come through on that tower, dammit. :)

The show's definitely starting to jump time a little bit, it feels like at least a couple weeks have passed since ep. 2. There's absolutely no way I could see Mal confessing a few days later, but if he had a fortnight or so for it to sit on him and he was pissed enough. Speaking of Mal: "I don't know what's wrong with me...": interesting, if brief, moment of clarity there. You know what would be a really smart, pointed development? If Mal actually realized what's "wrong" with him is he's a sex addict. I mean, that IS what he is, no?! And you can get help for that, buddy, just like any other addiction.

Related note: Julia (Trish's sister) isn't working for me the way she should. I'm fine with her being pushy and sexually aggressive (there are plenty of male horndogs on TV, why not a woman for a change?), and it's nothing to do with Sinead Matthews, who is fine. She still feels, to me anyway, too much of a broad caricature and part of that (at least in this ep) might be down to how much her actions mostly move other characters along *their* progression. When she takes over a scene, it felt a bit of a shoehorn. If there's a truth there, it's that plenty of people have train wrecks who give shitty advice for siblings but they're still family. ("It's not like he's going to leave you in his state, anyway" - oh shit off, Sissy! And now she's for keeping secrets when last episode it was OMFG, you have to tell him?)

Oh, ziggity zig zig Ziggy. "Nice work, Germaine Greer." *snort* QUEEN. Queen of White Watch. Pippa's just great and the dynamic she has with the rest of the watch is unlike a lot else I've seen on telly which is part of why I'm loving her so much; she is 100% one of them, except when she's not. If it were any of the others who had caught onto Mal/Trish early on... hang on, no none of them would have. That's the point. Stoooopid lads. ;)

zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 8th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Another thing that really didn't work for me this week: The big damn point being made of Kev doubting Trish's sincerity by the way the bride at the accident scene behaves felt way, way too broad. Just one instance of "knowing look" on Jamie's face would have gotten that across fine. It also didn't need to happen a third time with Trish in the break room at the station when the rescue's on TV. (Keep the "every housewife in London's in love with you" line, that was good. ;) ) What I did like in that end scene, BTW, was that there was no attempt made for Trish to try to explain herself or for Kev to demand to know what the hell she was thinking. That's beside the point now; it only really matters what each of them decides their next move will be, and if their love is strong enough to get through this. They know it's strong enough to get past the physical damage that Kev endured.

So back to Gog... JESUS. UGH. Cold dead eyes of a psycho 101, and Sam Gittins is really good. I guess now that it's pretty apparent that Asbo is struggling to make penance for his involvement in the baby's death and Kev's injuries, the burden of mystery now shifts to exactly what Gog is doing - or more importantly, has done - to seemingly make EVERYONE in that council estate so terrified of him. That *has* to pay off. I mean, there seem to be a fair amount of tough yobs running around Churchill, logic would presume that a bunch of them banding together could defend themselves against just one baby-faced lunatic. Curiouser and curiouser...

Edited at 2014-03-08 05:35 am (UTC)
anteros_lmc From: anteros_lmc Date: March 8th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Have to agree about Julia. She's clearly there for a purpose but she's such a caricature that her presence seems quite jarring.

Beautiful work there from Sophie Stanton.
Absolutely! It's impossible not to sympathise with her even though she's desperately conflicted and clearly lying.

Also, what happened to the weird psychologist?! I'd completely forgotten about her!

zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 15th, 2014 08:36 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Also, what happened to the weird psychologist?! I'd completely forgotten about her!

Coming back to comment on this because it's now week FOUR and we haven't had a return engagement with Ms. Pynchon yet. Given how Ep. 4 ended, I wonder if the game plan is for Kev to descend to a very dark place before he clambers back up and realizes, "yeah, maybe you *do* need to chat with that psych once in a while."
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