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The Deuce continues to expand its epic scale without diminishing the audience's intimacy with its layered ensemble.
There are the ramifications of the Vietnam War, of cleaning up New York City, of the Stonewall riots - it's testament to The Deuce that it manages to capture that scope.
We've reached the midway point of this first season, and now that we mostly know who everyone is and what they do, it's time for The Deuce to start interrogating this world and the people in it.
"I See Money" is the most honest and poignant episode of "The Deuce" yet.
The Deuce is currently taking its sweet methodical time in building a world of bribery and corruption, crooked cops and cunning mobsters.
The Deuce is a show about the economics of affection and the transience of connection, after all. But maybe that's sort of the point of an episode like "I See Money." Even fickle connections can leave an impact on all of us.
This panoramic storytelling is easier said than done, and yet everything already feels ingrained and bone-deep. The casual confidence on display shouldn't be a surprise considering the veterans behind and in front of the screen, but it still pops.
The Deuce doesn't have a sunny outlook on humanity, but the spirit of the show is kind and generous, even when the expression of that kindness and generosity is as seemingly insignificant as some free liquor.
It's not the story's bleakness that's the problem. A show about the desperately impoverished and routinely victimized has every right to be dour. It's the drab story-telling that rankles here. Every scene lands with a thud.
"I See Money" continues to push the story's many threads forward... but it also brings them together in a way the show hasn't yet done, providing a more kaleidoscopic view of its characters and the system they're operating within.
The episode repeatedly maps the life cycle of New York residents in the 1970s.