Sunday, April 21, 2019

REVIEW: 'Killing Eve' - Eve Grows Suspicious About Villanelle's Latest Actions in London in 'The Hungry Caterpillar'

BBC America's Killing Eve - Episode 2.03 "The Hungry Caterpillar"

Villanelle's new circumstances are looking bleak. Eve makes a dangerous deal with an old acquaintance. Villanelle is surprised when she is approached by a figure from her past.

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 next episode of

"The Hungry Caterpillar" was written by Emerald Fennell, Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth and directed by Lisa Brühlmann

How many close run-ins are Eve and Villanelle going to have this season? That has always been a predominate quality of the show. The narrative has always been very engaging when Eve and Villanelle are in the same physical space dealing with the other's actions. And yet, this season has embodied the sense that Eve just seems to be missing Villanelle and doesn't even know it. She is still primarily hunting her. She isn't focused too intensely on finding out who Ghost is and how to stop her. In fact, the new killer in town doesn't make any noticeable headlines here. But her influence is certainly being felt everywhere because she isn't working for the Twelve but her work is very impressive. Raymond is even asking Villanelle to be more discrete with her kills as a result. Villanelle believes making an outrageous event look like an accident is discrete. It's not. It's still brutal to kill a man by keeping his tie stuck in a moving elevator. It's enough to make Eve doubt that it was Villanelle behind the hit. But she still walks away with clarity knowing that Villanelle is still in London and responsible for many of these attacks. She has recovered and gone back to her assassin ways. Eve may be paranoid but she has a right to be because the audience sees just how close Villanelle is to her life. Eve is putting in the work to be more active in her marriage to Niko. She makes breakfast for him. She attends his work event. She proves to his colleagues that she is real and not just a figment of his active imagination. Of course, the show is also making the audience question if Eve and Niko are even good together. There is another woman at his job who is constantly flirting with him. Villanelle is helping her make her move and see herself as the better companion for him instead of the wife who is constantly absent from his life. Villanelle is still a priority for Eve. Niko is not. She wants to have sex in his classroom. Instead, she is distracted by the simple sight of an apple. That's not inherently suspicious on a teacher's desk. But it holds a new context for Eve. It means she freaks out and pulls the fire alarm to see if Villanelle is actually in the building. She is. She's actually standing right behind Eve as she is looking out for her target. And yet, she still manages to avoid detection. That's insane. The audience basically just has to accept that. Eve mentions to Konstantin at the top of the hour that she feels like she is losing her mind. She doesn't know how to reckon with the aftermath of her confrontation in Paris. She is back home. London is where the action has primarily been set so far. Villanelle is still here as well. But she is moving forward with a new working relationship. She doesn't enjoy Raymond because it feels like she is compromising her own identity for him. She doesn't want anything to change who she is or the way she operates. She loves being a killer and showing off. She only runs off with Konstantin because he can offer her an actual partnership. Freelance work may not offer a lucrative future but Konstantin still has contacts to make it worthwhile. That appears to be beneficial. And yet, Konstantin is only let out of Carolyn's custody because Eve is willing to cut a deal to share where his family is in exchange for Villanelle's hiding spot in the city. She goes behind Carolyn's back and forces Kenny to work with her. That could forever damage these relationships. It will further isolate her from her colleagues. Her obsession with Villanelle is consuming her life in ways that aren't healthy for her. She may be spinning out and not knowing what's real. That's the same energy that Villanelle appreciates and shows as well. She understands love and hate. Those are the emotions that fuel her actions. She can't handle someone who no longer cares about her. That's what Raymond and Konstantin try to tell her about Eve to focus on business. And yet, things will only continue to grow more complicated for Eve and Villanelle because of their feelings. They could both lose everything because their eccentricities and obsessions may not be worth it for their partners.