Spoiler alert, though if you’re reading this, you probably don’t care.
No tangents, double-talk, interruptions. Okay, well maybe a little. Anyway, this shouldn’t be too long. This is because it part of a whole story, and I’ll cover it fully in my Album 72 review later next month. Anyway, let’s get into the review!
Music– Unfortunately, this episode lacks some of the twangy Buck style music I enjoy. However, the music was a little on the emotional side. Although it’s somewhat Odyssey-generic, I like how the music evokes the homier side of the town Eugene and Katrina visit. For the most part, though, it’s pretty average. Rating: 4/5.
Plot- This episode starts with Eugene impersonating Elon Musk, creating an app that controls his car. This seems pretty strange at first, until you remember that whenever something random happens, it’ll be important in the future. (Hint: it is) After, Katrina speaks about a meeting, which brings everything back to the randomness point. The next scene is a typical teenage setting, apparently, Jules complaining and Buck not listening. Her comment about Jillian is warranted, though, that is pretty funny. This is where this episode goes downhill for me, however. Buck gets a text about a newspaper from “14 years ago”. I like the clarification about Buck’s adoption status and what seemed to be a nice mystery on the way. This scene with Edna Platt is the annoying one. Some random person just shows up, claiming to be Buck’s relative, right before he’s adopted. Okay, I know it’s been three years since the Long End, but is everyone seriously believing this story?! This is a boy who came from a con-artist world. And he’s still a ward of the state, won’t anyone look into this? If you know how the episodes end, I think this is just an unnecessary mixup. So back to Buck, his side of the story is actually okay. It gives Long End vibes, with family and all that. And boy, do I have a ton of things to say about this. Why? This cliched scene did not need to happen. And Buck couldn’t have just asked for clarification. After 6 Earth years of staying with the Meltsners. The countless affirmation from Old Tricks, Divided We Fall, The Long End? Why, why, why?! This never needed to happen! Ahhhh! So Eugene replicates his Out of the Picture digging. We learn even more about Cash Oliver. Now, Adam and “Candace,” who we meet later, are suspicious characters. I don’t want to pull a Bridget here, but these are a little too friendly and too random to simply be extras. They’re pulling the wool, I promise. Doesn’t make a difference, but it’d be nice to remember Buck came here to help with a counterfeiting scam! Don’t remember that, huh?! One last contrived moment, the end scene. The card, reading it, all of it! Eugene and Katrina should be more concerned, in my opinion. Okay, anyway, that’s quite a rant about the plot. Rating: 3.5/5
Emotional Weight- Minimal. It’s sad to hear these are Eugene’s last episodes, and it’s funny at the beginning, but otherwise, it’s pretty neutral. Either that, or I’m not crying enough. It is a little tense, I’ll add. Rating: 3/5
Acting/Directing/Writing: Like I said before, Will Ryan’s recent death affects this episode, but besides this, it’s not terrible. No significant changes. I’ve already stated my thoughts on the script here. I’ll give this a Rating: 3.5/5
Moral- Since this is the first part of the episode, there’s not much of a moral here. More on this in the part 3. Rating –/5
Overall episode score:
…An average episode. This is one of three, nothing phenomenal, but aside from a slightly faulty plot, it was mostly fine. Good job, and good night.