Sunday, April 7, 2019

REVIEW: 'Killing Eve' - Eve and Villanelle Deal with the Fallout of Their Confrontation in 'Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?'

BBC America's Killing Eve - Episode 2.01 "Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?"

Eve is reeling from her act of violence against Villanelle and doesn't know whether she is alive or dead. A paranoid and severely injured Villanelle manages to get herself to the hospital for treatment. Carolyn approaches Eve with an opportunity.

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. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the season premiere of BBC America's Killing Eve.

"Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body?" was written by Emerald Fennell and directed by Damon Thomas

The cat-and-mouse hunt between Eve and Villanelle did not come to a firm conclusion at the end of the first season. It was certainly a lethal moment that left things in ambiguity heading into the second season. But the conflict was not finished between the two of them. Throughout the entire series, they have been attracted to each other in ways they couldn't explain and that have compromised their ability to do their jobs professionally. Eve had the strength to stab Villanelle. However, it is immediately an action she regretted. And now, the season premiere has two priorities. It first has to show both Eve and Villanelle surviving this encounter and how it has changed their views on one another. It then has to keep Eve under Carolyn's employ to ensure that this isn't a conflict she can escape from any time soon. There is the impulse that all of this should be life-changing. Villanelle could die and Eve would be responsible for killing someone. Those are realities that they struggle to face head on. It means that Eve is shutting down in a lot of ways. She would love to relax into the simple joys of life like preparing dinner for Niko or talking to a telemarketer about windows. But the reality is always creeping in on her life. At first, it presents as nothing more than the near-constant calls from Carolyn urging Eve to get back to London immediately and explain herself. Eve is reluctant to share everything that happened in Paris with Villanelle. In her official story, she says that she only found Villanelle's apartment. But that location won't provide the team any viable clues because cleaners have already come to remove all traces of Villanelle ever living there. That's horrifying and ensures that Eve is still running for her life. However, Carolyn is armed with yet another clue that may further unravel this global conspiracy that Villanelle is a part of. She killed people for a reason. And now, Carolyn has a body that was so expertly killed that it takes a very skilled medical examiner to see the clear signs of murder. It was a clue left behind by Villanelle who wanted to keep teasing Eve along on this journey. She wasn't expecting her to suddenly show up in her apartment. She certainly wasn't expecting her to stab her. And now, Villanelle feels like she is running for her life as well. The organization she works for may also be willing to eliminate her because of all the messes she has created as of late. She is a survivor. There should be no surprise about her overcoming these injuries and already plotting a way to get to London to see Eve again. Of course, no one actually comes for Villanelle to kill her while she is defenseless in the hospital. She fears that she can't rely on anyone for help because they could be plotting a way to kill her. She understands that she has to keep running in order to stay alive. And yet, she also passes out in the hospital for an entire night and nothing happens to her. She still checks out long before the doctors want her to. She creates a ton of chaos at the hospital in order to collect supplies for the journey ahead. She gives a woman false hope about her husband's prognosis. She kills her roommate, Gabriel, who was nothing but helpful to her. She still has a lot of fun and delights in the art of deception and killing. She is now hiding out in the back of a vehicle full of an unsuspecting family. That too is bound to end horribly. But all of this only strengthens her love for Eve. She sees the stabbing as Eve's twisted way of showing just how she cares about her. That is so crazy. But that's the world that these characters live in. They are trying to understand the motivations behind their recent actions. Eve may not want to do this anymore. But she has to remain engaged because Villanelle will come for her no matter what. Meanwhile, Eve is all that Villanelle can think about. It may offer clarity to know she's still alive. But that means she's can still do whatever she wants in the world which should be absolutely terrifying to everyone.