Sunday, May 29, 2022

REVIEW: 'Barry' - Barry's Indestructibility May Finally Run Out While Dealing With the Threats From Fuches in '710N'

HBO's Barry - Episode 3.06 "710N"

What kind of guy wouldn't want to put a hot tub up there?

"710N" was written by Duffy Boudreau and directed by Bill Hader

Is anyone capable of killing Barry? It would certainly be difficult to produce this show without its titular character. However, the supporting ensemble is more than capable of leading their own stories. Everyone is so well-defined in this world. However, it's a very violent piece of storytelling. Barry has been targeted on numerous occasions. In fact, it increasingly seems as if he is indestructible. No one can even injure him in a serious way. Even if something does happen to him, it doesn't produce meaningful consequences that force him to adjust his behavior. Instead, he simply hopes an apology text to Sally is enough to make up for his heinous behavior. Of course, he's doing so by letting even more people in on just how dangerous he is. It's outrageous for him to be dictating his text while shopping. He is completely blind to the other people in the store who can hear every detail about what happened between him and Sally. As such, everyone increasingly becomes concerned about him. He presents as the guy they immediately want to steer clear of. Even in reading it, Sally knows that Barry disrupted the lives of more people. She has complete clarity now. She dodged a bullet by breaking up with Barry. That was the right decision for her to make. Others offer even more support. They do so unconditionally. That also primes Sally to listen to Lindsay's advice when it comes to the meeting with BanShe. She doesn't want to be in business with the streamer again after they cancelled her show. The executives recognize her talent as a writer. They hope she can improve the projects that have already proven to be a success for the algorithm. They are mostly hoping to mend this relationship and keep it comfortable. Everyone leads with the hope that they can negotiate up their value for their work. The deals presented can be lucrative with the right talent managing the concerns of the actors. It has to be about so much more than what these individuals can get. It's more focused on who they can also lift up because they have these opportunities. Sally believes she is falling back down again. She has to accept a demotion instead of focusing on whatever her next project will be. She is told she can no longer keep fighting for Joplin even though it was in production not all that long ago. That can no longer be a priority. She can't look beyond that. Meanwhile, Gene sees a project leading an acting masterclass as the perfect opportunity to redeem himself for how he treated Annie. Even then, he has to be willing to sacrifice everything just to ensure a person who previously hated him has a new opinion. He leads with that dignity and grace though. That's not a lesson that has yet dawned on Barry. It may be too late as well.

Fuches has been solely focused on exacting revenge on Barry. His former assassin doesn't show him any appreciation for what he did after leaving the Marines. It's infuriating. That makes it especially triggering when Fuches looks down and sees the article promoting the work Gene did to revitalize Barry. As a result, Fuches can never relax into a comforting world on a farm tending to goats. He's had the chance to embrace that simplicity. He could be happy in that environment. Plus, he wouldn't be too far from Los Angeles. He chooses vengeance every time though. That's simply how he's wired. It wasn't good enough to simply tell Gene that Barry killed Janice. Now, Gene has been telling the families of all of Barry's victims that he's responsible. Some of those interactions have been seen. Of course, the power of the final twist comes from the audience being in the dark. It's been amusing to see the various attempts on Barry's life. Fuches was arming civilians with this information. Barry has taken out trained killers. As such, it was always unlikely that some random person could successfully kill Barry. However, the motocross bikers at least have the skills and coordination to make an earnest try. Even then, they mess up because it takes too long to identify Barry as their target. The sequence with Barry trying to escape these bikers is still driven forward by the improbable nature of him surviving no matter what. Sometimes people ignore these tragic disruptions to their every day lives. Other times it simply can't be ignored. Barry benefits both ways. He can operate in the shadows. He goes unnoticed. And then, he counts on someone else being more pronounced with their lethal ways. When the last biker goes to the roof and starts shooting, that's an epic display that causes many people into action. It's no longer just about Barry. It's about stopping this threat that could seriously kill anyone at the car lot. Sure, the people there are selfish and entitled too. The salesman proudly boasts of having an affair. Barry doesn't care about that. It's simply amusing for the audience. No one in this world is perfect or wholly good. Barry receives the benefit of that on so many occasions. That's why he has yet to be killed. But again, the possibility comes with the final reveal that Sharon has poisoned him. Fuches visited her too and told him Barry killed Chris. Barry was so distracted trying to figure out why the bikers wanted to kill him that he dismissed whatever Sharon could do. He didn't recognize her as a threat even though he was warned about the people from his past having possibly changed since he last saw them. He wants things to be peaceful and idyllic like they once were. Of course, his life has never been that way. He still refuses to accept that which may cause his ultimate undoing.