“The Old Man” Episode 2 Recap: Love Running

Life is hard to run. You have CIA henchmen in your path, and you’ve already killed some of them. Your oldest business friend hires assassins to destroy you. On the plus side, you’ll almost immediately meet and start a romantic relationship with Amy Brenneman. As a wise man said, ridges and ditches, ups and downs!

As happened in the first part of the series, this episode is over The old man The plot continues to be minimal, preferring a more vibe -based approach. For Dan Chase, whose real (?) Name is Johnny, it’s about setting up a safe house he’s arranged in advance, to the surprise of the current occupant of the property. , the divorced Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman). If Chase overcame her self -doubt – her ex -husband rented the house without checking in first – and her dogs while cooking her dinner, she invited him the next night.

The couple got along even though or because of intense conversation about his estranged wife and the breakdown of his marriage. They are together for the night, but a series of bad dreams and daydreams prompt Chase to pack his bags and prepare to leave. He was interrupted by the sound of broken glass; During her investigation, she found out from Zoe that she already paid for her son’s school because her ex deprived her of alimony just to show her who the employer was. She laid her head on his shoulder for comfort, and with that, it seemed as if all hope of parting with her before they were found in trouble disappeared.


And trouble is definitely on the way. On the other side of the stage ledger, FBI Deputy Director Harper continues his two -part investigation into Chase’s whereabouts with the help of his workaholic protégé Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat). Like his teacher, Adams vented the (fully justified!) Concerns of their CIA liaison, Agent Waters, who caught his ear with Chase’s stories as a rogue combo of Rambo and Colonel Kurtz – a young American (played by Bill Heck) is ready. , ready, and able to personally kill Soviet soldiers during the Cold War.


What Waters or Adams doesn’t know is that Harper is talking to himself and Chase’s teacher, Morgan Bote (Joel Gray). This eminence grise (sorry) gives Harper the phone number of an invisible man who looks like a murderer; Harper assigns him to eliminate Chase and gives him Zoe’s address. Violence, I suspect, will follow.

And oh yes: the woman Chase talked to over the phone and text allegedly committed suicide years ago. I don’t know what I’m going to do there!

I say that for The old manThe second stage of FX: FX is wise to schedule it after this first stage of courage. Many of the pilot’s strong points-the cat-and-mouse games, the meaningful combat, the flood of surprises-have been replaced by the (admittedly attractive) dynamic relationship between Chase and Zoe in a part and Harper and Adams. the other hand. And for all that the ep includes a short monologue by Chase about a wise man who believes “truth only lives in silence” – an echo of Frank Lloyd Wright’s quote from Harper about space that “the breath of art” from the first episode – the pretentious lengths and silences of the first episode are never to be found here. Aside from a nice extended shot of Chase and Zoe holding and holding hands, this is a more standard TV episode, what is its value.


However, I think you might be foolish to write what Bridges, Lithgow, and Brenneman have to offer here: thoughtful depictions of older people by intelligent, more telegenic actors. I mean, I would watch romance about Chase and Zoe even without the CIA killing machine case. And I have confidence, appropriately or not, that the show can return to the bitter thriller sequences of its early days when and when it wants to, especially with the Harper killer playing.

To my surprise, beyond hope to get the suspense back at first, if The old man examine the wisdom, or lack thereof, of the U.S. imperialist counter-offensive in the 1980s in Afghanistan. If you look at the past 20+ years of life on this planet, it seems important that this history is straightforward, doesn’t it? As a rebellious anti-Communist who helped the mujahideen (until he abruptly stopped, for unknown reasons), Chase was a difficult man to value. Will the show try, or is the futility of what it does about the account? Whatever my reservations about this stage, I will continue to find out.

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) written on television for rolling stone, VULTURES, The New York Timesand anywhere to get it, true. He and his family live on Long Island.

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