After the introduction to the new town in the last episode, the story starts the process of playing catch-up. The obvious place to start – and the one the show’s writers opted for – was Copper Kevin Garvey and his newly formed dysfunctional family.
We glimpsed them last time out through the eyes of the Murphys. This time we saw how they got there. I’ll keep it spoiler free (within reason) but suffice to say, the cracks are there for our cast to fall through.
Carrie Coon successfully takes on a lead role type performance once again, filling the void left by the missing Jasmin Savoy Brown. Her character Nora Durst, reminds us she is a little cray-cray at times when she refers to her old habit of getting hookers to shoot her.
Kevin reminds us he may be proper cray and not too different from his father. He’s embroiled in unknown madness that could tie him to the climax of the season debut.
Usually backstory can cripple shows, especially so soon after resetting a scene, but it works well here. We need the blanks filling in so that we can move forward understanding the unique challenges facing the characters.
It’s a 9/10 showing once again.
The start of the new season opens with a scene reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. What isn’t clear right now (I’m sure it’ll unfold over the course of the series) is whether it’s used for a similar purpose or a more direct plot point.
Since last season the story has shifted from fictional Mapleton, New York to another pretend place, this one going by the name of Jarden, Texas. This is a unique zone. Instead of a rapture event they suffered no losses. They are all leftovers. This leads to returning cast members, Justin Theroux as Police officer Kevin Garvey and his family, including Carrie Coon’s Nora Durst, deciding to take up residence in miracle town.
Her brother, Christopher Eccleston, of Doctor Who fame, also has found a new life in Texas.
Doctor Who is making the journey for spiritual purposes; the Five-O because – well, he’s the star of the show.
In this episode he was outshone by Jasmin Savoy Brown. She plays Evie Murphy. Her father looks like the ready-made villain; she’s the jolt of life running through a morose subject.
The end of the episode was rather ominous for her character. Hopefully that will be explained soon enough. But there is a chance, a show that runs on mystery is about to add even further layers.