It's harrowing to see why not a lot of people are watching one of the best structured shows on TV right now, as @mrmercedestv comes out with its 7th episode.
Give #BrendanGleeson & #MaryLouiseParker their Emmy noms already! We know the former plays #BillHodges with a subtle, broken crescendo, but damnit, Parker ramps up her #Janey — already the emotional anchor for Bill, if not the show —and delivers one of the top heartbreaking TV performances of 2017. Her scene with Bill discussing their mothers is mindblowingly great in particular! And last week's debuting Holly (played beautifully by #JustineLupe) bonds with @jharreljerome's Jerome, the heart of the show. They're given the crack-the-laptop plot, that's handled well. Robi stoops to a new, asskissing low, throwing @breedawool's Lou under the bus, while #HarryTreadaway's legit scary Brady cranks up his manic, psychopathic side even more - his scenes with Robi in the alley & his mom in the kitchen make you uncomfortable. Also, can I say the music in this show is fucking awesome? It's a character in its own, touching on the scenes, characters & feelings they're going through soooo damn well. The over-the-shoulder camera shots are gorgeous, locking you in like it's you conversing with the opposite person. Real good stuff!
"Mr. Mercedes" is one of the few shows I've seen with NO bad episodes per se, but for the first time, this is an even slower paced showing. Even though the iPhone subplot at the beginning comes full circle, but the plot progression takes its time in the first half for the big, soulcrushing payoff at the end.
Largesses are gifts & here, again, Mary-Louise Parker is THE gift! The way Janey goes, the silence that follows & the way the show overlaps her eulogy for her mom by having it narrated over the aftermath - I'll just say I felt mentally numb for a couple minutes myself. The last act is an artistically written & performed masterpiece!
#Dobsays "Mr. Mercedes" S1E7 is ~ 6/7.
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