Tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD episode “Orphan Comb Death Fight” was another top notch affair with a memorable performance by Sir Ben Kingsley as Pastor Byron Brown.
The following review and recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 2.
“Get the rhythm, get the rhythm” is the next slogan that’s bound to stick courtesy of Sir Ben Kingsley’s ‘PA’ on Perpetual Grace, LTD. The dynamic between Pastor Brown and his ever distracted ‘arresting officer’ Hector Contreras was pure excellence on tonight’s sophomore episode “Orphan Comb Death Fight”. Kingsley’s prodding and constant taunting as Brown was magic, demonstrating how easy it is to get under someone’s skin with words of truth. Contreras was in the process of transporting Brown post-inmate murder to a maximum security prison this episode, when Brown began his method… A method to breakdown another person that is!
Around the middle of the episode, PA would ask Contreras about the play he was writing in an effort to build him up then tear him down. A happy Hector would talk about the 26-page play gleefully, only to have Brown annihilate the script in two sentences. ‘It’s the same sh***y narrative as all the other sh***y Sheriff plots’ then remarking on how Contreras had only written about 7 pages a year at best. Contreras like any other person became defensive but hurt deeply by the remarks.
Ones that signaled that his creative work was not only lacking but that he was lazy. Brutal! Naturally, Contreras would do practically anything short of letting Brown simply leave to make it stop and played right into his hands. In this case, the apple of PA’s eye was the metal tab of Contreras’ beer cans. He had made the case that he required beer to relax himself of worry over what his wife was going through prior. At that point, Contreras had not given in, telling Brown giving him a beer was against regulation… However, post-script demolition, Contreras agreed to give him a beer if he just “Shut up.”
The Darkness of Pastor Byron ‘PA’ Brown
Tonight’s Perpetual Grace, LTD episode “Orphan Comb Death Fight” began in black and white recalling the past in a very Better Call Saul style fashion. Quite fitting, as this series joins Better Call Saul and Barry as one of television’s current best. Not only were viewers given a unique perspective on what made PA toughen up from his childhood but the ruining of one family’s ‘church’ savings much later on.
“Orphan Comb Death Fight” showed the harshness of Byron’s childhood, his mother suffering an early death with no father in sight. No aunts or uncles to take him in, being left at an orphanage. Byron quickly learned how important it was to be on top of every fight.
The man with the Paul Allen Brown chest tattoo seen in James’ cell to end last episode was revealed to be an ex-con. One that had started up a local LensCrafters store after leaving jail through savings connected to PA’s church. In the black and white flashback, Brown would tell him, “You either have faith or you have sons… Because sons f*** up.” Telling the former convict, ‘much like myself, your parents were cursed with a son.’
James gets more than he bargained for in “Orphan Comb Death Fight”
From having to wear an ankle bracelet courtesy of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ to waiting 90 days for his two million cut to the guilt of potentially ruining a young kid’s life… James is getting way, way more than he bargained for when he was offered an easy two million. In fact, thanks to Paul Allen’s potential conviction for a murder, he can’t leave the state of Texas, which is bad news… Since Hector wants $2,000 up-front to cover a diamond ankle bracelet purchased for his mistress. Hector recommended he get bit by a rattlesnake so they’d remove the ankle bracelet in the emergency room.
Nevertheless, James was not looking forward to the idea. Not to mention an unknown man to James from his cell demanded $28 grand for the closing of his LensCrafters… All thanks to a case of mistaken identity! James met up with the real Paul Allen Brown who reassured him there was no murder, he simply taught the girl magic and she went the extra mile with it, causing her death. This was plausible enough for James when combined with two million other reasons ‘wink, wink’ to keep the charade going. Despite, the looming threat by Walker of what a conviction for murder entails in the state of Texas!
James would attempt to convince his new ‘friend’ at the Pawn Shop to travel to Mexico on his behalf and hand the money over to Hector. However, all he discovered was guilt at possibly ruining the youngster’s life. Glenn is now sensitive to lights and sounds post hit on the noggin by James and has to wear ear muffs and goggles to compensate. James seems to be having trouble with the guilt more and more as time goes on. He seems to barely be holding it together.
Meanwhile, he would receive the news the money can only be transferred in 90 days at the earliest. A cause for concern as who knows what pitfalls lie in that timeframe as Paul Allen Brown. His father is already seemingly aware of being held in custody for a scheme.
Tonight’s episode ended with Byron using his “rhythm” with the beer can tab to attempt to free himself as Hector slept, and credits rolled… A top tier, intriguing chapter of Perpetual Grace, LTD. The series is sure to become EPIX’ corner stone in no time.
Equal to last week’s score, as EPIX’ Perpetual Grace, LTD delievered another compelling episode leaving viewers wanting more.
Check out a review and recap of last week’s captivating Perpetual Grace, LTD series premiere on EPIX!
Perpetual Grace, LTD co-creator Steven Conrad will do a Reddit Ask Me Anything tonight at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PST in r/IAMA.
After the doozy of a cliffhanger funeral in EPIX’ Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 finale, co-creator Steven Conrad will be fielding a lot of questions. Director/Writer Steven Conrad announced on Twitter last Friday that he would be doing an AMA on Wednesday, August 14 at 5 pm PST / 8 pm ET. Outside of Perpetual Grace, LTD, Steven Conrad will likely be asked if there’s a future for Patriot on another platform. Amazon confirmed in late July during a TCA press tour that they have no plans to pursue a third season of Patriot. Might EPIX pick it up?
Will there be a second season of Perpetual Grace, LTD? Star Jimmi Simpson certainly hopes so according to a New York Post interview. Would legend Sir Ben Kingsley even be available presumably for a second season? If he is to return in his current co-leading role and not for a cameo a decision by EPIX will likely have to arrive quick. Would Luis Guzmán similarly return for a second season? Was the bullet to the chest by Pa a way to write him off the series? Is Sheriff Hector Contreras truly done for? All excellent questions for Steven Conrad! Hint, hint…
I'm hosting a Reddit AMA on Wednesday Aug 14 at 5pm PST. More details will follow.
— Steven Conrad (@StevConrad) August 9, 2019
Perpetual Grace, LTD certainly took a bold leap by ending Season 1 with James about to give a eulogy… Especially, after Walker’s realization he’d been played as well as Pa and Ma driving back home with haste. Should a second season never commence, the whole series will be left up in the air. A creative move that takes guts and faith in your craft. Perhaps, Steven Conrad has already been told by EPIX that Season 2 is practically a done deal? Will there be an announcement tonight?
New to Perpetual Grace, LTD? It’s not too late to catch up! Check out our review/recap of the Perpetual Grace, LTD Series Premiere and a recap and review of Perpetual Grace, LTD Episode 2. You’ll be up to speed on EPIX’ breakout show in no time!
EPIX’ Pennyworth series premiere brandished a sharp Alfred Pennyworth with intriguing possibilities, adversaries, and immersive, picturesque British scenery.
This review and recap contains spoilers for Pennyworth Season 1 Episode 1.
Pennyworth’s remarkable sky-high production values and film-like execution told Alfred’s story with all the glitz and glamour you’d expect for Batman’s iconic butler. Alfred called Esmé’s accent posh but it was the sensational British presentation, fashion and decor of the premiere that sold the meaning of the word. Though we’ve seen Alfred step out of Wayne Manor before and more than an inkling of his capabilities, young Alfred is a whole new ball game. Even relatively minor details like Esmé referring to him as ‘Alfie’ showcases a new side of Alfred. Any true Batman fan will enjoy the “Pilot” episode for the Thomas Wayne / Alfred interactions alone.
Most telling was the animosity between Alfred and his father toward the Butler profession. The rift in question was Alfred wanting to be his own man. In response, his father proclaimed, ‘Nobody is their own man.’ The verbal joust was ominous, as we all know, Alfred ends up a butler… Adding a nihilistic, predetermined outlook on life. Raising the question, if we have any agency in life at all? Despite Alfred’s grand security business aspirations and rising to the occasion all episode… We know he’ll eventually follow in his father’s footsteps. Dark and foreboding as all Batman lore should be.
Pennyworth’s inaugural debut started with the introduction of the mysterious Bet Sykes taking a Duke hostage to be tortured. As a member of the Governor’s endorsed Raven Society, bent on bringing Britain back from ‘weak-willed men,’ Sykes did the dirty ‘ugly’ work. Work ‘presumably’ that needed to be done for the country’s own good. It would set the tone for an action filled episode debating the very ethos of the Queen and what it means to be English. We soon met a still bouncer/doorman Alfred disposing of some bad guys to assist an unknown Thomas Wayne with his drunk sister.
Meeting Thomas WaynePennyworth series premiere – Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” – Pictured from left to right: Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth and Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne – Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX
Wayne would exchange cards with Pennyworth after his sister accidentally punched Alfred in the nose after Thomas ducked out of the way. Alfred insisted on giving his ‘Securities’ card as to legitimize his business. Sykes would later attempt to have a hit on Thomas Wayne and though he escaped, she found that very same Alfred’s Securities card.
Esmé is kidnapped by Bet Sykes
Ever the Gentleman Alfred would charm dancer Esmé to a park date after she gave her handkerchief to stop his nosebleed. Promising to return the handkerchief on Saturday when they’re both off of work. Despite opposing views with Alfred as a 10-year military man using the “Queen’s Bullets” and Esmé being against all forms of war and murder, she fell in love with him. However, a dinner with Alfred’s parents sent the relationship reeling. After some choice words from Alfred’s father, Esmé decided to end their pairing despite loving Alfred. Right then and there, Sykes would capture Esmé in a drive-by kidnapping. She demanded Thomas Wayne back from Alfred for an exchange.
Alfred Pennyworth was beside himself, bewildered and confused. He recruited his old military pals to assist in taking Wayne hostage. The plan was a success but the exchange was not, merely a trap as Wayne had predicated. However, Alfred and co soon laid waste to Sykes’ group and regained leverage. Meanwhile, Esmé attempted a failed escape after a strange requested dance by Sykes. Both were high tier cinematic artistry from the frenzied firefight to the staircase kick on Sykes by Esmé. Her screams for help among an aristocratic dinner, being ignored, looked like something right out of The Purge.
One of The Raven Society’s men told Alfred where Esmé was being held and he would attempt a one-man rescue. Though outnumbered, and temporarily taken hostage himself, Alfred’s battalion managed to overwhelm The Raven Society. Alfred rescued Esmé but she still wanted to breakup.
An Unexpected VisitorPennyworth series premiere – Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” – Pictured from left to right: Emma Corrin as Esmé and Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth – Photo Credit: Alex Bailey / Nick Wall / EPIX
Upon returning home, Alfred Pennyworth found his parents taken hostage by Sykes. She wanted revenge on Esmé for hitting her and trying to escape. Just then Esmé showed up at Alfred’s doorstep wanting to get back together. Sykes slapped Esmé who returned the favor, allowing enough daylight for Alfred and his family to take back control. Soon after, Thomas Wayne would offer Alfred a security position, which he declined. Alfred received a medal from the Queen for his actions against The Raven Society. However, she mysteriously asked him to stay forever silent on what he did for his country…
EPIX’ Pennyworth opened with a smashing premiere!
Check out a recap of last week’s Perpetual Grace, LTD and catch up on another great EPIX series.
Perpetual Grace, LTD revealed the truth behind Walker, Texas Ranger’s murder mystery on tonight’s episode.
This recap contains spoilers for Perpetual Grace, LTD Season 1 Episode 8.
Paul Allen Brown unexpectedly confessed to New Leaf that he’s responsible for a teenage girl’s death on the latest Perpetual Grace, LTD… But not in the way you would imagine. In a series of black-and-white flashbacks reminiscent of Memento, truth met fiction. It turns out the ole’ grifter magician wasn’t necessarily lying but he wasn’t telling the whole truth either. Paul Allen Brown did not murder his bright-eyed protege but he is responsible for her death.
The girl in question had stumbled upon Paul’s plan to defraud her father’s church for two million dollars. Despite this, she trusted her magic mentor unconditionally. During a trip home post-magic competition Paul introduced her to a cabin where she could practice her Houdini handcuffs trick. What he seemingly did not tell her was those were no magic hand cuffs but real ones. Thus, she would be unable to tell her father about Paul’s scheme.
Paul would leave her there with food and water among other amenities with the intention to return in 3 days… When he already would obtain the two million dollars, if everything went according to plan. However, the young magician in training was infatuated with doing the Houdini handcuff trick in the water. Even though Paul constantly told her to stay away from the water, that she wasn’t ready.
She would manage to escape the magic cabin via chimney and looked toward the river. The rest as you might guess, is history. Paul blames himself for what happened and wishes he hadn’t been born… As she would still be alive.
New Leaf breaks down
Prior to the confession, Paul and James managed to talk New Leaf out of his revenge plan. After a couple of missed gunshots at Paul, New Leaf broke down, citing that he should rename himself, ‘Scumbag because that’s what he is.’
In desperation mode, Paul and James attempted to convince a saddened New Leaf of desecration. Paul needs to produce his ‘parents’ bodies’ or the scam is up. With New Leaf’s Chili style beeper going off, two elderly placeholders just happen to be available. James asked New Leaf to let them run over the bodies with a truck, so they’ll be unrecognizable for the whole death South of the border angle. In return, he promised to reestablish New Leaf’s LensCrafters dream.
Walker is suspicious
Meanwhile, Wes Walker partially interrogated Glenn about his Mexico trip. Glenn seemingly either played dumb or genuinely did not know some of Walker’s terminology. However, when it came to the important question, if he knew Paul Allen Brown… He said no. Protecting the perceived interests of his gang, ‘The Special Boys’ as coined by James.
James by the way, had the ankle bracelet placed back on by Walker. His contact Hector was so moved by Pa that he decided he’s out of the plan. Hector’s happy where he is… With his family.
No word yet of Pa and Ma’s fate though viewers learned they want to be buried with a comb and hairbrush respectively. It was also revealed that Dave is not Ma’s biological brother but an orphanage brother. Both simply wanted family to belong to more than anything… Fiveever.
Check out a recap of last week’s Perpetual Grace, LTD and catch up on the series.