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TV Review: SNOWFALL: Season 1, Episode 5: Seven-Four [FX]

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Snowfall Seven-Four Review

Snowfall: Season 1, Episode 5: Seven-Four is a more quiet but more potent episode than the previous week’s installment of the show.

Whereas the last episode had a lot going on but not much to say, this week’s entry had a lot to tell viewers about its characters and their problems. While Teddy (Carter Hudson) is stranded in the Mexican desert with a downed plane, a passed out partner and a couple kilos of cocaine, Oso (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and Franklin (Damson Idris) spend the episode partying with family and friends. This, however, doesn’t mean that things are hunky dory for the latter two: Oso has to ingratiate himself with Ramiro (Jose Zuniga), his partner’s father and his girlfriend’s uncle, and Franklin tries to confront his dad (Kevin Carroll) after he bails him out of prison.

Franklin’s confrontation with his father is particularly well-done, with both conjuring the needed resentment they feel towards each other to make it work. Franklin accuses Alton of feeling sorry for himself, but his father scoffs at the idea, saying that all he wanted to do was be his own man and that he’s not sorry for that at all. Alton’s statement is shockingly selfish, but it gives us an idea of the fraught relationship between him and his son. Coming in the wake of Franklin’s decision to quit being a drug dealer, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he resumes pushing after his conversation with his father.

The program also touches on the trendy but no less heated topic of police relations with the African-American community. The Saints’ house party is interrupted by police and an altercation is about to erupt into something much worse when Franklin’s brother Jerome (Amin Joseph) deters his fellow officers from escalating things further. When one of the partygoers calls the police pigs, Jerome looks at him in bewilderment, only for the partygoer to repeat the word at him. It will be interesting to see if Snowfall decides to explore this story further in future episodes.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former UCLARadio.com disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for HonorSociety.org to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

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  • rooney72

    You kept referring to Franklin as Frank. Not the same name. At all.

  • Thank you for the heads up, I’ve updated the post to reflect the correct name.

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