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Friday, February 18, 2022

Suspicion 1.4: Surprises and Invincibility

First, let me say that I'm really liking Suspicion on Apple TV+.  It has great ambience, including the music, fine acting (including now Tom Rhys Harries as Eddie Walker), and a plot that keeps slapping you in the face with unexpected developments, often lethal.  Episode 1.4 was the best so far, excelling in all of those pulsing qualities.

[Spoilers ahead ... ]

Sean nearly kills Tara, who's saved not by the UK police, but a bullet-proof vest.  Sean is not invulnerable, but pretty close to it.  He's stabbed but gets the better of his stabber, and after killing his stabber, Sean dresses his own wound with crazy glue.   Later, the episode ends with Sean rescuing our four other, often hapless, suspects, and killing all of their attackers in the bargain.  These, by the way, have American accents, and sound like Scott on a bad day -- which indeed he had -- but I'm guessing/hoping he wasn't among them.

So who sent the attackers?  Likely Katherine, Leo's mother, but we can't be sure of that.  We do get to see a lot more of Uma Thurman in this episode, but the true intentions of Katherine in this narrative remain a mystery. It's too easy to believe that she's behind the kidnapping, though I suppose that can't be discounted.

Meanwhile, the relationship between Sean and the other four is still not clear.  Why try to kill Tara and then rescue her?   Did he know she was wearing a bullet-proof vest?  And I have to say that Sean does seem a little too invincible to be completely believable.  His escape from the UK police was a little too impressive, unless the UK police are just not that good at catching a killer like Sean, which I'd also find hard to believe.

But these kinds of flaws in the story don't distract from its power in any way, and I'll see you back here next week with my review of the next episode.

See also Suspicion 1.1-2: Excellent Start, But Is It Four or Five? ... Suspicion 1.3: The Fifth


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