Tom Kane may have dodged the latest bullets aimed squarely at his head with the muzzling of Dr. Reyes and the murder of Alderman Mata, but things aren’t as neat and tidy as they appear for the current mayor of Chicago. At the end of last week’s episode of Boss, Meredith propositioned Zajac to drop out of the governor’s race and join the mayoral campaign in a year, only with her aid as she’s determined to take down her husband once and for all.
“Stasis” was easily the most gripping episode of Boss to date, but in the end it feels like a wash, because the excitement generated by Kane’s last-minute triumph only threw the show’s fundamental problems into sharper relief. Yes, we got the momentary thrill of a few unexpected plot twists and some heart-pounding confrontations, but at the end of the day, Kane is a huge, irredeemable asshole. We don’t know enough about the guy to overlook these flaws, or even to understand what’s driving his obsessive need for power. Without so much as a scrap of sympathy for Kane, there’s not much us to do except root for Kane to lose and/or die–and that’s a weird way to spend a Friday night.
Outside of Kane, nobody’s character is truly fully developed. This episode went at some lengths to show Kitty seriously down in the dumps and it worked and it worked well because it finally made her human and brought her out of the sexy robot state she’s been operating under for the past several episodes. Connie Nielson is probably the character best served outside of Kane. The idea of Meredith, this Lady Macbeth figure who actually has a huge amount of influence and savvy about politics in Chicago is seriously cool and Nielson is good enough to pull her off without seeming a stereotype.
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