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Inside Man – Season 1 Episode 1 Recap & Review

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Inside Man

第 1集

《局内人》第1集从伦敦地铁开始。 一个看起来的年轻小伙子盯着坐在他对面的年轻女孩贝丝·达文波特。 他被她的沉默鼓舞了胆子,进一步进入她的私人空间。 另一个女人给他拍了一张照片,他看到了。 他质问这位女士,拿走她的手机,删除了照片,然后轻蔑地扔了出去。 但他不会侥幸逃脱,因为珍妮丝也在场。 她假装在Facebook上直播这一事件,其他女性迅速加入。 这名男子在下一站被捕,贝丝走到珍妮丝面前表达她的感激之情。 她拒绝了贝丝的邀请,邀请她就这样的主题接受采访。 他们确实交换了号码,并在某个时候一起计划喝咖啡。 我们跳到另一个国家的不同地方,美国。 在联邦监狱里,两名囚犯迪伦和杰斐逊与参议员会面以“约会”。 要求会面的不是囚犯,而是参议员本人。 杰斐逊是一名犯罪学教授,因谋杀妻子而被定罪。 事实上,两人都在死囚牢房,无意逃避。 迪伦是一个连环杀手,谋杀了14名妇女,这是她在医院接受受伤治疗时感染的第十五名妇女。 参议员看起来很紧张,开始叙述他的问题。 杰斐逊还没来得及打断他,说三十年前他在竞选活动中强奸了两名妇女。 参议员否认了这一点,并继续他的问题。 这是一个奇特的,逗乐了两个囚犯。 每次他与妻子做爱时,都会存入253.55美元。 杰斐逊拒绝帮助他,迪伦很好奇他是如何如此迅速地破案的。 我们跳回英国,我们之前看到的哈利在那里接了珍妮丝,向他的会众打招呼。 他是当地教会中受欢迎的牧师。 他指导下的一名男子,36岁的埃德(Ed)冲进去给他一个闪存驱动器。 他说里面有色情内容,如果他发现色情片,他的专横母亲希尔德会打他。 牧师不情愿地接受了它,向希尔德打招呼,并向她保证艾德正在康复的道路上。 然而,在他离开后,希尔德的语气发生了变化,她采取了威胁的态度,她殴打了艾德并要求知道驱动器的位置。 典狱长告诉杰斐逊,贝丝从管子里要求见他写关于他的文章。 杰斐逊最初拒绝,但最终同意与她见面。 原来,珍妮丝是哈利儿子本的家庭教师。 哈利从车站接她去赴约。 哈利的妻子玛丽也是珍妮丝的朋友。 在将汽车钥匙放在原位的同时,哈利无意中将驱动器放在了原位。 当房子的互联网无法正常工作时,珍妮丝向本请求一些东西来转移她为会议准备的幻灯片。 他给了她动力。 哈利来不及阻止她打开里面的东西,她很震惊。 她完全的厌恶像沉重的嘘声一样在她的脸上画画。 不适感越来越大,哈利把本赶出了房间。 虽然她似乎认为这是本的,但哈利承担了责任,并没有透露驱动器属于艾德。 驱动器上有儿童被虐待和拍照以取乐的实际照片,珍妮丝正确地说应该带到警察那里。 他们争论相同,但看起来珍妮丝会把它带到警察局,无视哈利的恳求。 牧师惊慌失措,阻止珍妮丝离开,甚至用力握住她的手。 她从另一边跑去,在地毯上绊倒。 她打破手机,头撞在桌子上,裂开一个流血的伤口。 珍妮丝害怕哈利,并不断退缩。 她错误地打开了地窖的门,在楼梯上绊倒了。 哈利很震惊,但把她锁在里面。 费萨尔,本的朋友来接他。 虽然哈利之前拒绝了许可,但看到情况的变化,他还是允许他离开。 贝丝会见了迪伦和杰斐逊,可能会写一篇关于他的案子的文章。她的态度是对杰斐逊的轻蔑,他在解释他在接受客户时的唯一标准时注意到并指出了这一点:道德价值。 他想用他所剩无几的时间做好事。 他没有为杀死妻子而道歉,他说:“每个人都是杀人犯:你只需要遇到合适的人”。 贝丝失望地离开了,但很感兴趣。迪伦催促杰斐逊喜欢贝丝,但教授很腼腆。 他最后解释了他是如何破解参议员的案子的。 他说,塞琳娜·加迪斯(Celina Cadiz)是参议员犯有强奸罪的两名女性之一(尽管从未得到证实;很少是“叹息”),在他的办公室工作。 她得以见到参议员的妻子,她无意中知道了参议员的肮脏行为。 作为一种忏悔形式,每次他们做爱时,她都会去看治疗师。 塞琳娜被要求支付这笔钱,她错误地发送了两次,一次也来自公司的账户。 参议员账目中反映的金额是一个错误。 玛丽和哈利讨论下一步该怎么处理珍妮丝。 她对他很生气,说如果他们释放她,珍妮丝会直接报警,而且他们别无选择,只能这样做。他们必须等到本来决定。 哈利把外卖菜单递给坐在地窖深处的珍妮丝,她相信自己是控制局面的人。 她把哈利所有的工具都藏在那里,甚至把她的血留在了地窖里。 她还安排了第二天与姐姐的视频通话,她的日历上标有哈利家作为最后一次辅导预约。 哈利确实被困住了。 据透露,贝丝实际上在手机被砸之前收到了珍妮丝的一张神秘照片。 貝絲不斷嘗試她的細胞胎,但無濟於事。 她要求典狱长安排与杰斐逊的另一次会面并陈述她的案子。 教授同意这样做,并打趣迪伦可能是什么。


剧集回顾

好。 所以,我知道有时电视节目中的情节会有多紧张。 合理性最常被故事中的实际情感所忽略或软化。 但是来吧! 我根本没有买珍妮丝的东西。 她在哈利的地窖里被“劫持为人质”的方式感觉有点太方便了,不符合我的喜好。 另一方面,《局内人》以杰斐逊教授的形式呈现了一个引人注目的反英雄。 斯坦利·图齐无疑是第一集的亮点。 他的交付,地位和经验体现在他描述杰夫的方式中。 剧情最终将通过贝丝将杰夫与珍妮丝和哈利联系起来。 但在此之前,必须妥善奠定基础 在这个迷你系列中,我们只有四个部分,时间当然至关重要。 第 1 集在利用它获得的时间方面很紧张。 编剧可能无法在那个时间范围内充分探索电影宇宙的深度。 第1集专注于搭建舞台,不管故事的近似程度如何,并没有试图偏离道路。 这是一个坚实的开始,但我们需要看到更多才能原谅那个可怕的珍妮丝错误。


Inside Man – Season 1 Episode 1 Recap & Review

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Inside Man

Episode 1

Episode 1 of Inside Man starts in the London Underground. A lascivious-looking young lad stares at a young girl, Beth Davenport, sitting opposite him. He is emboldened by her silence and moves further into her private space.

Another woman takes a picture of him, which he sees. He confronts the lady, takes her phone, deletes the photo, and throws it in disdain. But he is not going to get away with it, for Janice is in attendance. She feigns making a live stream of the incident on Facebook and other women swiftly join in. The man is apprehended at the next station and Beth goes up to Janice to express her gratitude.

She turns down an invitation by Beth to do an interview with her about subjects like these. They do exchange numbers and plan a coffee together sometime. We jump to a different place in a different country, the USA. In federal prison, two inmates, Dylan and Jefferson meet with a Senator for an “appointment”. It is not the inmates who have requested the meeting but the Senator himself. Jefferson is a professor of criminology convicted for murdering his wife. In fact, both men are on death row and have no intention of avoiding it. Dylan is a serial killer and has murdered 14 women, the fifteenth dying of an infection she contracted while in the hospital getting treated for injuries, he caused. The Senator looks tense and begins narrating his problem.

Before he can, Jefferson interrupts him and says that he raped two women as part of his campaign thirty years ago. The Senator denies that and continues with his problem. It is a peculiar one, amusing both the inmates. Every time he makes love to his wife, $253.55 are deposited in his account. Jefferson refuses to help him and Dylan is curious as to how he solved the case so quickly. We jump back to England, where Harry, whom we saw picking up Janice earlier, greets his congregation.

He is a popular Vicar in the local church. One of the men under his tutelage, 36-year-old Ed, rushes in to give him a flash drive. He says it contains porn and that his overbearing mother Hilde will beat him if she finds it on him. The Vicar reluctantly takes it, greets Hilde, and assures her Ed is on the path to recovery. After his departure though, Hilde’s tone changes and she takes on a threatening one, where she beats Ed and demands to know the location of the drive. The Warden informs Jefferson that Beth, from the tube, has requested to meet him to write about him. Jefferson initially refuses but eventually agrees to meet her.

It turns out that Janice is a tutor for Harry’s son, Ben. Harry picks her up from the station for the appointments. Harry’s wife Mary is friends with Janice as well. While keeping the keys to the car in its place, Harry inadvertently keeps the drive with it. When the house’s internet doesn’t work, Janice requests something from Ben to transfer the slides she has prepared for the session. He gives her the drive. Harry is too late to stop her from opening the contents and she is shocked.

Her utter repulsiveness draws on her face like a heavy hush. The discomfort grows and Harry dismisses Ben from the room. Although she seems to think it is Ben’s, Harry takes the blame for it and does not reveal that the drive belongs to Ed. The drive has actual photos of children being abused and photographed for pleasure, something Janice rightly says should be taken to the police. They debate the same, but it looks like that Janice will take it to the police, ignoring Harry’s pleadings.

The Vicar panics and stops Janice from leaving, even holding her hand aggressively. She makes a run for it from the other side and trips on the carpet. She breaks her phone and hits her head on the table, cracking open a bleeding cut. Janice fears Harry and keeps backing off. She mistakenly opens the door to the cellar and trips on the stairs. Harry is shocked but locks her inside.

Faisal, Ben’s friend comes to pick him up. Although Harry had refused permission earlier, seeing the changed circumstances, he allows him to go. Beth meets with Dylan and Jefferson to potentially write an article about his case.  Her attitude is contemptuous toward Jefferson, something he notices and points out while explaining his single criteria while taking on clients: moral worth.

He wants to do good with the little time he has left. He is not apologetic for killing his wife, saying “Everyone’s a murderer: you just have to meet the right person”. Beth leaves disappointed but intrigued.  Dylan nudges Jefferson about liking Beth but the professor is coy. He finally explains how he cracked the Senator’s case. He says that Celina Cadiz, one of the two women the Senator was guilty of raping (although it was never proved; it seldom is *sigh*), works at his office. She was able to meet the Senator’s wife and she inadvertently got to know about Senator’s dirty deeds. As a form of penance, she visits the therapist every time they make love. Celina is made to pay the amount by the wife, and she sends it twice mistakenly, once from the company’s accounts as well. The amount that reflects in the Senator’s accounts is a mistake.

Mary and Harry discuss the next step of what to do with Janice. She is livid with him, saying that Janice will go straight to the police if they free her, and the fact that they have no option but to.  They have until Ben to decide. Harry takes takeout menus to Janice, who is sitting deep within the cellar, confident she is the one in control of the situation. She has hidden all the tools Harry has down there and even left her blood all over the cellar. She also has scheduled a video call with her sister the next day and her calendar is marked with Harry’s house as the last tutoring appointment. Harry is stuck indeed.

It is revealed that Beth had actually received a cryptic photo from Janice just before her phone got busted. Beth keeps trying her cell but to no avail. She requests the warden to arrange another meeting with Jefferson and present her case. The Professor agrees to do so and quips Dylan about what it could possibly be.


The Episode Review

Okay. So, I know how stretched sometimes the plots in television shows can be. The plausibility is most often ignored or softened by the actual emotions in the story. But come on! I did not buy the Janice thing at all. The way she was “taken hostage” inside Harry’s cellar felt just a bit too convenient for my liking.

On the other hand, Inside Man presents a compelling anti-hero in the form of Professor Jefferson. Stanley Tucci was undoubtedly the highlight of episode 1. His delivery, stature, and experience showed in the way he characterized Jeff. The plot will eventually link Jeff with Janice and Harry through Beth. But before it does, the groundwork must be laid properly

We just have four parts in this mini-series and time is certainly of the essence. Episode 1 was taut in utilizing the time it got. The writers might not be able to fully explore the depths of the cinematic universe in that time frame.

Episode 1 was focused on setting up the stage, regardless of the approximation of the story, and made no attempts to wander off the path. It is a solid start but we need to see more to be able to forgive that horrible Janice mistake.