One of the moments of reflection in this episode allowed time for thoughts of the tone of power struggle. There has been bangs, shouting, gunshots, punching, ear severing, crying, and live burials, but when the axis is crossed it’s with a whisper. At the epicentre of all the trauma there’s a serenity.
This series began with a diagnosis. The nurse who administered it has gone AWOL. So here we greet the penultimate episode with another and this time, despite being purely political, turns up the same result, “If people think you’re dying Tom,” says his advisor Ezra Stone, “you’re as good as dead.”
There’s a baseball analogy that’s beyond me, but the message is “You can’t quit when the team still needs you.”
From the fragmented show we have endured from the outset, finally we have an episode with momentum, relevance and coalition.
“A ground swell already in motion” – this is the toxic rule of Kane that has created a swell of corruption. But these words aren’t shared between men in suits, the power-playing politicians. No, they’re on a bus out in the countryside. Drinking. Reaping rare votes. Talking about, “A group of people I’d like you to meet.”
This episode starts better with a horse getting drugged and a tablet is forced down its throat. It’s a powerful image that’s also a nightmare. Mayor Tom Kane has wet himself in his sleep as his degenerative illness escalates.
Mayor Tom Kane feels power begin to escape him as he suffers from an episode in front of the press. It’s a warbling windy oscillation that channels layers of sound, depicting a dizzying affect, ringing between his ears.
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