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Mosquito Coast season 2 episode 1 recap – why are the Fox family on the run?

November 5, 2022

The Mosquito Coast season 2 episode 1 recap – why are the Fox family on the run? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

This recap of The Mosquito Coast season 2, episode 1 for the episode titled “The Damage Done” contains spoilers.

I hated the first season of The Mosquito Coast. It was dramatically inert, aggravatingly smug, and featured the most irritating characters in recent memory. But one thing I’ve often neglected to mention that maybe I should have was that it’s still been pretty well produced and impressive to watch, which the Season 2 premiere, “The Damage Done ”, quickly reminded me. So, despite all these other reviews, you have to give credit where it’s due.

The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

As we talk about the first season, one of the major dramatic questions was what happened to the Fox family – or at least their patriarch, Allie – that led to them living off the grid for years and then fleeing. a sue the US government? After a very brief and picturesque opening of the Fox family contemplatively navigating a river in the middle of nowhere, it looks like “The Damage Done” will answer that question by returning to a flashback to 13 years earlier.

In the past, Allie and business partner Pavani have attempted to mobilize investment for a bespoke statistical matrix capable of predicting with alarming accuracy the effect of various climate-related phenomena, from bird migration patterns to the spread of disease. . They clash over how to sell the idea; Pavani thinks they should lean more towards pandas and dolphins, while Allie, true to form, wants to focus on very real and very important issues like death and starvation on a global scale. But his head isn’t in it anyway, since he and Margot are separated and he’s started tracking her phone’s location so he can creepily observe her dates from a distance.

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Allie is still keen on keeping control of her marriage and her intellectual property, but neither seems feasible in the long run. Margot slept with an enigmatic colleague, an Englishman named Richard whose climate disaster lectures Allie who spends her evenings watching, probably out of spite, and the company Allie works for wants to use her data collection and prediction model for its national security implications. , including a trial for the NSA, of all customers. Amid all this paranoia and insistence on moral compromise, Allie hacks into an NSA database using a backdoor in the software they “borrowed” from her to uncover information about Richard, which suggests in a rather roundabout way that he might be an eco-terrorist (and that ties in with a brief scene we saw earlier of what appeared to be Richard and Margot building a pipe bomb.)

However, when we briefly flash back to the present day, Allie claims to Dina and Charlie, to whom he tells this story, that he has reached the end of what there is to say. He claims that by hacking into the database, he uncovered unauthorized data collection by the US government, thereby violating the Espionage Act and plunging the Fox family into their current predicament. But there’s clearly more to the story, so let’s go back in time.

Allie is detained and interrogated by the NSA. He claims to have seen what the organization was doing with his property, but his and Margot’s—though primarily Margot’s—history of domestic terrorism is brought up. We are beginning to see a clearer picture. Margot and Richard plan to bomb a biotech company posing as cleaners, and now Allie knows about it. Once released, he “dirties the ground” of his project, shakes the tail of the NSA and tries to intervene before the bomb explodes.

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For once, The Mosquito Coast is able to create a good amount of tension here. Margot would prefer a victimless crime, so when she spots a company employee returning to the building after the bomb was planted, she implores Richard to turn back. He won’t, so they fight and he leaves her behind. Margot tries to warn the employee but fails. As we keep going back and forth with the bomb timer, we see that she won’t make it. She dies in the explosion. By the time Allie arrives, Margot is sitting on the ground outside in tears, knowing that her life will never be the same again. But Allie won’t let her go, so he convinces her to run with him and the kids.

Well, that makes more sense, doesn’t it? The family is running from something Margot did, not Allie, but he continues to lie to the children so that they blame him rather than her. At this point, he says it doesn’t matter, since they did it, and things from now on are going to be easy. Ha! “The Damage Done” ends with Margot repeating a line Richard told her about Allie, about people not changing, they just reveal themselves over time. At this point, it’s unclear if she’s talking about her husband or herself.

We may be quite far from 1986 Peter Weir movie which this show is based on, but is Apple TV+’s interpretation of history finally starting to improve?

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Further reading:

  • The Mosquito Coast preview of season 2, episode 2.
  • The Mosquito Coast season 2 episode 2 recap. (Will be uploaded once the episode airs.)

The Mosquito Coast season 2 episode 1 recap – why are the Fox family on the run? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.