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TV Review: THE BRINK: Season 1, Episode 10: There Will Be Consequences [HBO]


HBO’s The Brink There Will Be Consequences TV Show Review The Brink: Season 1, Episode 10: There Will Be Consequences TV Show Review There Will Be Consequences picked up the momentum with Zeke  (Pablo Shreiber) and Glenn (Eric Ladin) answering the call of duty, drunk as skunks on Listerine, almost losing their lunch and costing Israel to the once presumed dead, but known to be alive and psychopathic, General Umair Zaman (Iqbal Theba). Zeke is ready to fly a needle through a needle, and his plane pursues the Pakistani aircraft presumed to be carrying the nuclear missile to Israel. The physical humor of piloting while intoxicated might make you squirm, and it’s pretty unbelievable that they can pull off this stunt under the influence of not only the Listerine, but themselves. They are bone headed but seriously good at boning through these illegal acts of war only they can physically prevent. And don’t forget “boner dude,” he’s along for the ride too.

Talbot and Rafiq (Aasif Mandvi) get to commune with some of the best lines of the season in this finale. Rafiq reveals while eavesdropping that General Ali is going to torture Zaman with a car battery until he recalls his pilot and his nuke. Alex notes that it might only “tweak his weasel” and torture only works on people like himself, but he buys enough time as it takes for the battery to warm up to speak with his favorite sadist. Zaman and Talbot get to connect on the couch as Talbot empathizes with their “similar profiles,” and he tries to convince Zaman that weed is to him as genocide is to Zaman; not a healthy way to solve problems. This scene ends with Zaman blowing his brains out after reaching for Talbot’s gun. He clearly has not enough experience in these kinds of situations.

I knew Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) would get to go down on his wife eventually. Being interrupted by the Israeli prime minister almost wasn’t enough to stop him. He really did need more time. Congrats to Joanne Larson (Carla Guigino) for staying thematic and taking the threat seriously. I am looking forward to her future involvement with the conflict next season.  Don’t expect the sex to tone down on this series. Sex and war are the two main abstract concepts behind the themes. The dualism is clearly the root of the hilarity. Walter gets to save Israel and then tell President Navarro (Esai Morales) that he (Larson) is the only person in the Cabinet who gets laid on a regular basis and doesn’t have to express his sexual inadequacies by “bombing the shit out of brown people.”  Walter will be back. His resignation envelope was empty, but he gets the point across again; he’s not afraid to leave, but his country needs him. He just doesn’t want it to need him quite this much.

Next season is going to focus on General Ali as the antagonist, but there is also a local militia in Eritrea who discovered the nuke in the fueling tanker that Zeke crashed by using his jet as a projectile. Ali narrowly escaped a car bombing, noting there will be consequences, and now might have access to a nuke for sale on the black market.

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Stephanie King

I am a meticulous writer. Story is my strong suit.

I do not waste time on political "critique" or paranoid "undertones" that might have been an inspiration to a story writer, but clearly are not a main or secondary theme.

I can identify high concept, main and sub theme(s), protagonists and antagonists, secondary character roles, the turning point, the key, the antagonist's story thrust, the spine, twelve sequences, the climax, the resolution, and most importantly, the goal of any film. I am aware of the act structure which can be from three to five acts, generally.

Aristotle elaborates in his Poetics on Plato's Republic on act structure.

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