Saturday, December 22, 2018

REVIEW: 'Runaways' - Jonah Prepares Another Sacrifice So That He Can Execute His Big Plan in 'Bury Another'

Hulu's Runaways - Episode 2.06 "Bury Another"

Pride grapples with the moral implications of Jonah's latest offer: freedom. Jonah, weakening, begins to eye his next target. After learning that Jonah is after another sacrifice, the Runaways realize they have to stop him before he kills another kid.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. Premieres and finales may feature longer reviews. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Hulu's Runaways.

"Bury Another" was written by Ashley Wigfield and directed by Ami Canaan Mann

The first season absolutely took its time getting to the point. As such, it's a refreshing quality that this season has been moving briskly through its plot. Things with Jonah already seem to be heading towards their climax. He is making his plans for the unearthing of his spaceship and returning home with his relatives. Everyone is speaking openly about that as well. There is no longer any need to talk around what is at the bottom of the construction site. Sure, there's still a lot of uncertainty around that event. Moreover, it hasn't quite reached its climax as a story yet either. There is still the need for Jonah to find a sacrifice in order to preserve his life for what's to come. Leslie and Frank refuse to give him another runaway teen. That proves that Frank has become smart in some ways even though he is still woefully ignorant upon seeing the grand distraction that Karolina later creates. But it's so intense watching as Jonah signals Geoffrey out as the sacrifice. He no longer serves a purpose in this mission. Every other member of Pride is still needed for some reason. Geoffrey and Catherine are disposable now because they played their roles. That's what makes it so fascinating when the show finds a way to keep everyone alive for now. The Runaways arrive in the nick of time to save Geoffrey and turn him into their prisoner. There doesn't even appear to be any consequences from this energy transfer either. It was enough to seemingly heal Jonah as well. Meanwhile, Janet frees Victor from his coma with the knowledge that they need to put a plan into motion now to ensure that the spaceship doesn't destroy the entire state upon being unearthed. She is doing so to protect Chase. However, that decision comes after an hour in which Chase has to walk away from both of his parents. It wasn't his choice to confront either of them. The other Runaways have had some choice when it comes to interacting with their parents. Gert doesn't want to deal with hers at the hospital. That's why she forces Chase to see his mother again. Janet warns the Runaways that Jonah needs a sacrifice. But Chase has already been damaged by his parents. Victor has physically hurt him while Janet has enabled his behavior. It doesn't matter that she shot him. She is still choosing to work alongside him with the belief that he truly has changed this time around. There is the hope that his time spent in this perfect memory altered his personality in some way. However, there is no certainty of that. He was monstrous before. He may still be that person now. Janet still wants to hold him at a distance. Elsewhere, Karolina is also faced with a choice over what to do regarding her parents. She reaches out to Leslie in the hopes of getting a better understanding of Jonah. She wants to know how much she should trust him. She wants to meet her people. She wants to understand the culture she comes from. And yet, she also learns that Jonah killed Amy. She can't keep that from Nico either. She does eventually share it. It's just after an hour in which the Runaway couples deal with massive tension that may break them apart. Nico and Karolina seem like they are mending things until Karolina makes that revelation about Amy's killer. That's the moment that changes everything. She knew that it would. She understands the importance of this information. And yet, she doesn't fully grasp Nico's reaction either. As such, that leaves things in a very precarious state just as Jonah prepares to launch his big move. The factions against him are all divided which is bound to lead to some major consequences for all of their plans.