Eyes High November 26, 2015 Share November 26, 2015 (edited) Easily the worst ep of the season for me. Hanzee is a preternatural hunter and he let Ed and Peggy escape out of town? Mike just sat there for the two days KC gave him to fix things? I can get that he had already decided to just sit in wait for the Undertaker, but given what particular shits the Gerharts were, and we had the anger of racism introduced? Mike would not have made it a personal point of honor to take them out while he still had a shot at doing do? Worst of all was the Godfather 3 helicopter assassination equivalent. This time achieved via window washer scaffolding. How one earth did they know precisely which window and the timing? The immunity deal given to Floyd? Seriously? No States Attorney/Attorney General/prosecutor would insist on being a party to such and those cops would dare make that deal without going through one? 1. We still don't know how Ed and Peggy managed to escape without Hanzee taking them out, but I can buy that Hanzee underestimated Ed and Peggy. Everyone else has. I'm less certain about why Hanzee would bother to call the Gerhardts to let them know where Dodd was rather than just killing Ed and Peggy, retrieving Dodd, and presenting the Gerhardts with a fait accompli. We might find that out in the next episode, though. 2. I thought the suggestion was that thanks to Floyd's information, Mike no longer had any flunkies except for the lone Kitchen brother, without whom he lacks the necessary manpower to mount any kind of attack. Thus that series of dissolves showing Mike's men disappearing. By the time he got the message that he had two days to clean everything up, Floyd was at the police station giving them the information they needed to disrupt the KC mob's undertakings. As for a "personal point of honour," I don't think Mike has any. He has professional pride, sure, but there's not much that he could do to take the fight to them with only one lone Kitchen brother, and the Gerhardts spending most of their time in a heavily fortified compound with henchmen armed to the teeth. 3. I'm no criminal mastermind, but that's easily done: stake out the office to determine the guy's comings and goings, bribe or coerce the window washers into explaining how to operate the equipment, use a spy to send a signal as to when the timing is right, done. (I'm guessing that the "clients" were collateral damage under the "no witnesses" policy as opposed to Bear and co. needing to take them out specifically. In that case, all they needed was to ensure that the guy was in the office.) 4. The cops would have done or said anything to prevent more bodies piling up. That's why when Ben says that there's no point pursuing the Gerhardts since Floyd now has immunity, Lou says "You're a shit cop." With all that said, I think true tragedy comes from decisions characters make that, while ill-advised or even stupid, are the only choices those characters could have made given their level of intelligence, emotions, personality, outlook, background, etc. and thus take on an inevitable character. However, there are a lot of decisions made by characters that are inexplicably dumb and completely avoidable given the characters in question and therefore make it more difficult to stir up any deeper feeling about the horrible tragedy of those decisions and their consequences. Floyd being too overwhelmed with grief over Rye's death to question Hanzee's dumb story about the Butcher of Laverne is tragic. Floyd knowing that Simone has divided loyalties but not calling her on it until it's too late? Less so. Bear, enraged at Dodd jeopardizing Charlie's future, feeling he has no choice but to kill Simone to protect the family and resolve his own anger at Dodd? Tragic. Bear being increasingly resentful of Dodd's poor leadership and knowing that Dodd and Hanzee are full of shit with the Butcher of Laverne story but failing to raise his suspicions with Floyd? Less so. Simone having an incredibly risky affair with her family's most dangerous enemy for a shot at getting rid of her abusive father? Tragic. Simone failing to go to her grandmother and confess everything the moment Mike starts asking her for information? Less so. Edited November 26, 2015 by Eyes High 6 Link to comment
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