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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Slow Horses 1.3: The Fine Art of Bumbling


Bumbling played the major role in the third episode of Slow Horses on Apple TV+ -- only appropriate, given the sarcastic subtext and headline of the new series.

[Spoilers ahead ... ]

First, Min and Louisa can't seem to find a place to make some decent love.  This in turn culminates with Moody suffering death via falling down stairs, with Min more horrified than happy that he triumphed in their tussle.

Hobden doesn't do too well, either, getting punched in the face when he comes to make his case with the nationalist politician.  In Slow Horses, the bad guys as well as most of the good guys are slow, and it's not even completely clear which side Hobden is on.

Meanwhile, Hassan bungles his attempt to escape, nearly killing himself in the process.  And all of the kidnappers, if I have this right, have names taken from the original Three Stooges (Moe, Curly, Larry).

And I've been saving the worst for last: it looks as if Lamb's flatulence is becoming a staple of every episode.  At least this time it happens outdoors.  What does this have to do with bumbling?  Well, there's a linguistic connection, isn't there, given the meaning of bum in Britspeak.

But I've said more than enough.  I'll be back here next week with my review of the next episode of Slow Horses, grateful that I'm watching this on a screen at home rather than live on stage in a small theater.





See also Slow Horses 1.1-2: Fast-Moving Spy Thriller

 

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