“Tainted Love” · The Pressure · TV Evaluation An episode centered on Zack represents the worst of The Pressure · TV Membership · The A.V. Membership

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  • Earlier than we get to all of the horrible Zack stuff, which is the primary driver for my adverse emotions about this episode, let’s begin with one thing constructive. I very a lot admire that “Tainted Love” does its finest to attract some parallels between Fet’s relationship with Charlotte and the flashback to Quinlan’s story in 1888. Each are tales about love and sacrifice, and the way sure connections with sure folks can change us. I criticized the 1888 flashback in final week’s overview, and a whole lot of that also stands, however it’s encouraging to see the present make clear a few of its themes.
  • The parallels come within the type of how each Quinlan and Fet should go away their emotional connections behind. In 1888, Quinlan is adapting fairly properly to his life amongst the folks, rising nearer with Lydia and realizing his humanity. However he’s ripped away from that, as his objective is to battle The Grasp. Quinlan might have his humanity, however he’s eternally chained to a different objective, and he can’t escape. Equally, Fet should go away Charlotte behind now that the nuclear weapon has been secured. She’s able to go dwell her personal life on her father’s ranch in Montana, and Fet, like Quinlan, has a better objective.
  • Eichorst being proper on their heels provides a pleasant little bit of rigidity to the episode, and the ensuing climax, with Charlotte and her sniper rifle serving to Fet, Quinlan, and Roman escape, is filled with emotion. That’s some good, contained storytelling. Now, on to Zack…
  • The place can we even begin? This week sees Zack lastly make his transformation into a totally despicable particular person—by some means that is worse than inflicting nuclear disaster—and like so many dudes earlier than him, it’s all as a result of he feels entitled to a lady’s affection. When Zack goes to Abby’s communal residence and sees her kissing her boyfriend, he loses it. He tells Abby that she was purported to be his girlfriend as a result of…nicely, as a result of she stated good issues to him as soon as! And she or he took his plums! I imply, they’re mainly married, proper? Anyhow, as a result of Zack is the form of whiny dude who overreacts to even essentially the most fundamental, inoffensive struggles he faces, he punishes Abby by letting her get stung and turned by his pet strigoi. I can’t let you know how a lot I hate this storyline. All it does is make Zack appear like extra of an ass, and that’s already been nicely established. Apparently inflicting nuclear winter isn’t sufficient, Zack now has to punish a lady who received’t have intercourse with him to indicate how actually villainous he’s.
  • It’s simply, are we purported to really feel dangerous for Zack? Are we purported to need him to return again from the ledge and discover redemption? Are we purported to assume that there’s a significant showdown between Eph and The Grasp sooner or later, with Zack used as a bargaining chip? The Pressure appears to assume that Zack can be utilized as a storytelling piece to problem concepts of morality inside different characters, however there’s actually no gray space right here. Zack is an unrepentant villain, and we are able to solely cheer for him to get his comeuppance, however one thing tells me the present doesn’t fairly see him in the identical approach.
  • Getting again to the 1888 flashback, extra credit score the place it’s due: Quinlan realizing that his forever-feud with The Grasp has value the lives of two folks he actually cared for is the kind of emotional gutpunch that this present doesn’t sometimes execute. It’s efficient right here, as Quinlan’s chilly, distant perspective within the current out of the blue makes a whole lot of sense. Positioning that revelation close to the tip of the present’s run remains to be a wierd selection, however no less than it occurred.
  • Zack’s reasoning for pondering Abby ought to be his girlfriend: “I used to be good to you and I gave you all these things.” If that isn’t the form of pondering that results in a once-innocent child occurring message boards and changing into an advocate for “males’s rights,” I don’t know what’s.

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