Sunday, April 10, 2022

REVIEW: 'Killing Eve' - Eve and Villanelle Struggle to Move On After Their Mission Seems Complete in 'Making Dead Things Look Nice'

BBC America's Killing Eve - Episode 4.07 "Making Dead Things Look Nice"

Eve takes on an even bigger revenge mission against The Twelve and realizes she may need Villanelle's help to succeed. Villanelle has a dalliance with the new assassin who intrigues her and may be of use. Carolyn's latest string of intel may lead her to home turf where she long strayed from.

"Making Dead Things Look Nice" was written by Sarah Simmonds and directed by Stella Corradi

What does it mean to survive? Everyone associated with the Twelve has long accepted that they will die as a result of the mission. Everyone who has hunted down this vicious organization has also resigned themselves to that fate. The Twelve is always growing and evolving. No one has ever gotten close to understanding the full extent of the organization. They are truly capable of anything. Helene served as the new face for the Twelve. However, she was just another individual with a little bit of authority without knowing the full scope. She is told what she needs to know to complete the mission. That didn't satisfy her. She strived for more. In doing so, she wound up dead. That's the cost of business when so many assassins are employed. Konstantin even states he has long feared that anyone close to him would kill him at any moment. It's an isolating and depressing way to live. Pam believes she can free Konstantin from that burden. The only escape is death. She sees the beauty in it. She knows how to present things in the most beautiful way upon dying. That's her trade. Of course, she's also responsible for the death. She kills. It's an exhilarating impulse. One that allows her to embrace her own power. Konstantin doesn't want her to always be in service to the Twelve. He wants Pam to escape just like all the former assassins who have worked for him. He is the best at recognizing their humanity while always ensuring the job gets done. Gunn has made peace with the deal she has made to serve the Twelve. She will continue to do so loyally even though Helene is dead. Her handler is gone. She wanted that to happen. It doesn't mean she is against the entire organization. For Villanelle, she had to kill Helene because she was the embodiment of this service. With her gone, she could finally be free. She could embrace a new form of happiness. Of course, that's not the full story. Again, Helene wasn't the one atop the organization. Neither was Lars apparently. He simply could point everyone in yet another direction. It's a tragic and vicious cycle. People have devoted their lives to this pursuit. It has come at the expense of everything else of value. Only now are they starting to realize that sacrifice. They have nothing. When they perceive finally getting what they always wanted, it ultimately rings hollow. They have no understanding of how to cope with surviving the aftermath. Instead, it's only more of a perilous life. One without an easy antagonist or ability to understand what needs to be done next. Eve seeks out help. In the end, she only finds herself right back onto her dogged mission. That's the only reality she knows how to accept even though it constantly leads her to facing death. 

Of course, all of this probably comes too late to have any meaning whatsoever. It should be emotionally resonate when Eve tries having fun but only sees the faces of the friends she has lost along the way. Not all of them are dead. However, they symbolize the cost of this mission. It doesn't feel right for her to be happy when others were killed. Everything she did was for them. She can't move on so easily. Yusuf does offer some sensible advice. He recognizes the struggle she is going through. He has tried to help. Eve ultimately has to be willing to embrace that change and acceptance. She goes to Martin for help too. She wants him to be a therapist for her issues just like Villanelle did. That continues the parallel between the two characters. They are drawn to each other because they have the same similar impulses. They are pulled to one another because they have the idea the other offers completion for their lives. It's only more violence. That has unfortunately become the main focus of the series. The depth of the characters has long disappeared. The shocking twists have had to become more elaborate in order to continue surprising the audience. It's all rooted around Eve and Villanelle not wanting each other but having to work together regardless. Carolyn has her own way of discovering the leadership of the Twelve is going to be meeting soon. She is even aware of the location. She marvels at how brazen they must be. Carolyn was there at the beginning of the Twelve. She embraced her own tactics in the field. She hasn't exactly been loyal to anyone. She has been a good agent for various countries who needed it. It too has been a lonely existence. One that has resulted in plenty of dire consequences for others. Carolyn doesn't plan on returning home to face the repercussions for her actions. It's simply embracing that's where the next stage of this journey must take her. She is just as determined as Eve. She has a more sensible approach. She can make these deals with other foreign service officers. She knows how to operate. Meanwhile, Eve is once again running for her life in the woods. That's not a new situation she finds herself in. She goes to Villanelle needing her help. Villanelle will have to offer it much sooner than Eve would have expected. And yet, these threats are tired. Konstantin is killed. That just makes it more puzzling as to why Irina called him and noted Helene's actions to disrupt his life. It's all nonsensical which unfortunately isn't the place the show should be in as it prepares for its series finale.