The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This episode dipped dangerously close to what my original expectations were for this show -- just two people getting it on, extra-maritally.
Clearly, the detective is telling his suspects what he thinks they want to hear, or at least what they need to hear.
In as pure an example as we can ever hope to find, the script this episode shows just how well the writers know their craft, know these characters, and most important of all, know people and how they think.
It feels like the more we get to know our characters, the less we understand them, which is what makes this show must-see television.
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are fine, fine actors, and there are some good character beats - and also some sketchy ones, like Alison letting Noah get this early glimpse of where she cuts herself - but on the whole, this one dragged.
There isn't a lot to discuss on this hour, but it was pivotal. Truths about Alison's life were revealed and the affair began in earnest.
That's a whole big mess of plot that The Affair... But the performances are so damned fantastic and the pacing so well handled that the episode feels breezy and fun along with being tense, dramatic, and poignant.
This week I feel less ambivalent, which is to say that I feel slightly more willing to concede that the 10 hours any viewer will spend watching The Affair may not turn out to be a waste of time.
It's the episode The Affair needed to sell Noah and Alison's affair as the catalyst for the entire series.