By Ryan Keating-Lambert

★★★★☆

SPOILERS

Kevin and Nora’s relationship takes a violent turn in this Melbourne based, beautifully crafted episode that’s packed with feeling and a supremely intense finale. 

Nora and Kevin finally make it to Australia after Nora struggles to smuggle the money for her planned man-made departure. Once in Melbourne, she takes a bus to get some preliminary medical tests before her departure, and Kevin gets into trouble when he starts seeing GR member Evie from season 2. 

Nora’s (Carrie Coon) blunt genius continues here with her unstoppable drive to find answers to this supposed departure experiment, but we’re never really sure whether she is just investigating, or does actually want to cross over… until that powerful finale. 

Kevin’s (Justin Theroux) instability and incapability of recognizing delusion from reality continues with the Evie situation. Another clever writing move as Damen Lindelof and Tom Perrota try to confuse and irritate you like a bad episode of Lost, but thank god, it wasn’t that at all. Still, there is something suspicious about Laurie… Is she really who she seems to be? 

The episode is overall extremely well-paced and there isn’t a dull moment. The use of classical music and inappropriately placed pop songs, including ‘Take on me’ really work in the show’s favor – just like its contradictory characters.

But the finale was the real gem of this week’s outing. Kevin and Nora proved once again that they really are the best thing about this series. That hotel room argument was heated and truly heart-breaking, and that final fade to black of Nora under the fire sprinklers was her at her absolute peak. After this traumatizing release, will she finally be over the loss of her family?

And Kevin… Who knows where he’ll end up next week. I don’t think it’ll be long before he runs back to Nora though. 

Photo: Screen Rant

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