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The Deuce narrows its sizable scope to enthralling effect in what might be the most engaging entry in the series yet.
Some boats rise, some boats fall, but for all that the characters aren't all experiencing the same fortunes, this is quite possibly the best episode yet.
The theme of the installment amalgamates into a filmed notion of freedom.
"Au Reservoir" is a powerful and enthralling episode...
None of the women have a lot of wiggle room. What little room they do have, though, they take advantage of in this episode. The Deuce's penultimate episode is all about reclaiming power, even in the narrow corridors of the sex industry.
Won't somebody think of the pimps?
The episode provides as close to a character spotlight as an ensemble piece like The Deuce can. Ashley, played by Jamie Neumann, moves to the show's center after previously operating on the margins.
This week's episode is notable in that it doesn't break much from the steady evolution of the previous six hours. And yet, the episode makes you realize that everything has changed, perhaps more dramatically than it might have seemed.
What makes "Au Reservoir" the best episode of The Deuce so far isn't the depiction of a newly liberated time, but rather how it honestly captures its characters' experiences within that time.
What we have just witnessed was, hands down, the best episode of The Deuce yet. By a lot. Titled "Au Reservoir," it's funny, scary, sad, sexy and entertaining as hell from start to finish. How did this so-so show get so damned good so suddenly?
You cannot start fresh without saying goodbye, and "Au Reservoir" paints farewells and changes in similar tones: With subtlety and minimal explanation in some instances; with suddenness and violence in others.