From Dusk Till Dawn: the series Ep2

“Got your balls on?”

“Screwed on tight.”

The Gecko brothers are casually stopped and sitting out in the open discussing Mexican food. The interaction is poorly acted and stiff. It’s also a flashback to right before their last bank robbery. In the present, Freddie Gonzales is alerting the other Marshalls about the altercation at the Liquor store with the Gecko brothers. 

Richie has a hole through is hand and is acting increasingly irrational. Richie is also not pleased that Seth lost his knife (Earl picked it up and it got left behind). The knife had an eye drawn on it. Richie drew eyes on the two female hostages from the liquor store… and also, there’s another hostage in the trunk. A female bank employee. 

All women have been hostages or neglected housewives so far. I noticed.

Most of this episode takes place in flashbacks to the bank robbery. The woman in the truck is a hard worker and a mother of two who keeps her daughters cell phone in her coat a secret when the Geckos collect electronics, she sticks up for her coworkers and she tries to get Richie to turn against Seth, They try to break into the bank vault: no one has the code, Richie can’t crack it (because of the hypersexualized Latina in his head) and Seth ends up drilling his way in. The police arrive and Richie grabs the woman and goes for the killshot on every arriving LEO Seth opts for blowing up the cars. 

In the present the woman kicks in the trunk and Richie nearly runs them off the road.

Seth calls Carlos who says he’s “working.” Carlos intercepts Kyle who is going to pick up his girlfriend Katie (the daughter of guest star Robert Patrick’s character). Katie is being “kidnapped” by her father who has lost his grip since the death of their mother along with her adopted brother. But Carlos goes all snake eyes and fanged and sucks out Kyle’s essence. That scene was particularly cool. Especially when his ungloved hand starts smoking in the sun. Then Carlos (shapeshifted as Kyle) continues on to pick up Katie and ends up fist fighting Robert Patrick. It’s a weird world when Fez can take down the T-1000. 

Out in the middle of the desert, Richie draws an eye with the blood of a dead dog. He has a rare moment of realization that maybe something is going wrong with himself. Freddie is rewatching the video tape (that his wife takes for neglecting his family) and sees the bunny eared phone case, he surmises that it’s her daughter’s phone and gives a call. The Gecko brothers hear it ring from the trunk and Seth answers and showboats a little bit. Which is ridiculous, he’s the clever one, right? He knows they can trace phone calls. Freddie arrives that the scene. The Geckos are long gone but he finds the dog blood eyeball.

The scenes with Wilmer Valderrama were the best. Unfortunately there weren’t many. Some scenes were incredibly stiff. I’m always excited to see Robert Patrick doing stuff. Lot’s of things happen out of chronology, leaving me to be like “Why are we having a picnic right after we killed people?” But it’s pretty tight Robert Rodriguez is making this work so far.

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