Friday, July 26, 2019

REVIEW: 'Jett' - Jett and Bennie Find Themselves in Compromising Positions While Jackie Mourns a Significant Loss in 'Rosalie'

Cinemax's Jett - Episode 1.07 "Rosalie"

Bennie finds himself keeping close company with an unhinged Rosalie. Dillon gets bad news from Carter, and sets his sights on exacting revenge. Jett is forced to overcome a major detour before reuniting with McKay and completing her latest job for Evans. Charlie grows increasingly suspicious after a heist goes awry.

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 Cinemax's Jett.

"Rosalie" was written by Sebastian Gutierrez and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez

This show can absolutely be slow and deliberate with its plotting. Every episode may feature some solid action beat and tell certain stories that are central to that particular hour. But it has been slowly teasing out this world and its wide ensemble of characters. Bennie was knocked unconscious by Rosalie at the close of the fifth episode. Neither of them were seen during the sixth. And now, their time together comprises the first twenty minutes of this episode. A similar thing happened with the conclusion of the sixth episode with Josie. It seemed very unlikely that she would survive her brutal encounter with Junior. And yet, it takes until halfway through this hour for the show to actually confirm as such. Her head was severed from her body, which was then dumped in the trash. It's absolutely horrifying. It is then being used to justify Jackie's rage where he personally attacks Junior and his men instead of trying to go about things the legal way as a cop. That's very dangerous. It also builds into the narrative that so many of the men in this world are awful. They are such toxic and heinous individuals. But they happen to wield a lot of power. One that will dramatically uproot this world. Sure, the female characters are just as nuanced and have a lot of control over their individual lives. But they are often asked to be the rational ones while the men have these over-the-top and disruptive reactions. Jackie's response to Josie's death is bound to complicate things for so many people. They were slowly building a case against Junior. Charles understands that something is going on within his criminal enterprise. Instead of looking at his son with suspicion, he believes Jett could be the one who is now deceiving him. Of course, she absolutely is. She is working for the person he wanted to steal from at the start of the series. He was led to believe she succeeded in that endeavor with no problems whatsoever. But now, she is the one also knocked unconscious and left at the whims of a disturbed man. Of course, she knows how to break free of any perilous situation she finds herself in. She teaches the women around her to behave in that way as well. Alice knows when a creepy guy is paying attention to her. Meanwhile, Phoenix and Maria stand by each other even though it's ominous that Phoenix's brother continues to invade her life. He refuses to let her go. That's the same mentality that Jackie has. It's the same understanding that Bennie has too. It's a systemic pattern and problem when it comes to an entire gender. Sure, Rosalie breaks because of the weight of such perception. She sees the sexualization of herself as the thing that Bennie was tantalized about. He wanted to be the knight who proudly saved her. She never needed saving though. She has endured so much in life. That has made her strong and capable. It just runs the risk of reducing her down to nothing more than a crazy woman who pees on Bennie when he tries to break free of his chains. And yes, there isn't as much nuance in this situation as is probably necessary. It's unclear just what future may be in the cards for Bennie and Rosalie. And yet, they are both alive and being influenced by one another. Meanwhile, Jett remains a loner who understands that she has to kill people while allowing others the chance at possible redemption. She does so because she doesn't want to be a part of this criminal operation with Bestic and Evans at all. She may be unable to escape it. But she knows exactly what she is good at. She is a thief. She will steal from people even when it's people she likes. She likes Charlie. But she will always protect herself and her family before ever corrupting herself for a man. That too is an empowering message throughout all of this.