Friday, August 2, 2019

REVIEW: 'Jett' - Jackie and Charlie Disrupt Jett's World in a Major Way That Demands Immediate Action in 'Dillon'

Cinemax's Jett - Episode 1.08 "Dillon"

Jett finds herself in dire straits when Dillon, hell-bent on revenge, descends on Charlie's house to confront an out-of-control Junior, who has come to his father for help. Phoenix deals with her brother Neal's threats head-on. Later, Jett remembers her last heist with Quinn and a crucial tete-a-tete with Dillon, before hearing Bestic's final demand.

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.

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

Jackie was self-destructive long before Josie was murdered. He just uses that as an excuse to become completely suicidal and dangerous to the world around him. He wants to believe that he still has morals. He doesn't kill everyone he encounters in Charlie's house. He allows Charlie's young wife to live. And yet, that shouldn't be seen as the sole justification for him still being a good guy. He's not. He was always very controlling and demanding. He may not have put too much effort into his personal relationships. He may not have actively made any choices that comforted the women he was with. But he still has these wild and extreme reactions that highlight just how unstable he has always been. With Junior, his anger has always been over-the-top. He comes across very much like a broad, one-note villain who needed to be dealt with sooner rather than later. He couldn't handle the subtle and delicate ways of conducting business like his father does. That's why he was always seen as a disappointment. Of course, that only fueled him to lash out further because he was desperate for that approval. He felt as if he had to take it himself. And yet, that pattern of rage and vitriol forms some truly despicable and awful habits. It's behavior that makes people like Junior and Jackie feel like they are doing the right thing because they want to survive and thrive in a crazy world. But this was a story heading towards death. It ends with Junior being killed here. But it's not Jackie who puts a bullet in his head. Instead, it's Jett who has been very detached from this situation. She doesn't know that Josie has been brutally killed. She doesn't know that Jackie is using his badge to get access but not conducting himself as a moral police officer anymore. She has to make that choice in an instant whether or not she should save Jackie's life once more. She certainly has more allegiance to him than Junior. However, she saves him by also pointing a gun in Charlie's face. Killing him isn't as easy as killing his son. She doesn't do that even though she is worried that he has found out about her connection with Bestic. That's not true at all. Charlie just believes that Jett is the reason why he couldn't send a message to another crime lord. Junior was the one who actually disrupted his plans. But none of that ultimately matters. It's a bunch of action that comes out in the heat of the moment because that's how human beings operate. Their feelings are allowed to fester because no one comes along in order to challenge them. Jackie has always been a bad cop though. This hour highlights the last job Jett pulled with Quinn. She was able to get away simply because Jackie was the officer who caught her. He was easily seduced. In that moment, it's frank and clarifying that he admits he doesn't like being a cop. He abides by the rules and sees it as his job. But he doesn't really care about the good he is doing for the world or the people he is putting behind bars. He's not corrupt. That's what he tells himself. But he's not passionate about his refusal to be bought off either. He's just a man easily swayed by a beautiful woman. They are the ones often in control of the narrative. Jackie doesn't die because Jett intervenes. Her life is in turmoil now because she makes that sacrifice. She does so for a man who doesn't fully appreciate it. She comes to understand later on that he was on a suicide mission. He didn't need to make his escape from this mansion. He still ultimately did though. And now, Jett has to once again decide if she is willing to kill Charlie in order to be free of Bestic's influence. He makes his presence known once more. He tells her this could be the final job she has to do for him. It just could lead to more upheaval in the criminal world. One where Jett may not like whatever Bestic has planned for the future. So, she too may be looking for vengeance over the death of a loved one. She just has to protect the family she still has left in the process as well.