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"Whiplash" deepens and develops character relationships while giving The Knick's overall arc a welcome narrative jolt.
The show picks up steam when it takes on an occasional calamity, and while the series probably couldn't maintain this pace week after week, disrupting the rhythm every blue moon acts as a welcome jolt of electricity.
Well, hello, Henry Robertson. I knew you were around.... But I didn't really notice you until this week, you debonair, dashing, and democratic playboy.
One relationship that is thriving beautifully, without the need of games or intrigue, is the one between Dr. Bertie Chickering and the intrepid journalist Genevieve Everidge.
Halfway through The Knick's handsome second season, I'm wondering if this is going anywhere. Where's the drama?
"Whiplash" is the best episode of the new season for its delineation of capital (and the myriad second chances it affords) in New York City.
Linda Emond, in her small role as Mrs. Chickering, has brought the show a large measure of grace and emotion this season.
The triage in the Knick does make for some arresting sequences and overall it feels like the lull before the storm.
Maybe by Season Three, they can bring in some fresh writers to help focus the show. Until then, we'll be stumbling along to the finish line of this run of episodes, gritting our teeth through it all.
It's a calm, spiritually scientific show that delights when things prove messy and unpredictable.