The Red Road, Ep. 1.04, “The Bad Weapons” handles its characters with care

The Red Road, Season 1, Episode 4, “The Bad Weapons”

Written by Bridget Carpenter

Directed by Lodge Kerrigan

Airs Thursdays at 9pm Est on SundanceTV

This week, on The Red Road: Jean gets a diagnosis, Rachel breaks it off, and Phillip gets drunk

Two thirds of the way through its inaugural season, The Red Road is somewhat of a puzzle. It has interesting, well-explored characters and an appropriately teased slow-burn Deep Dark Past mystery. Where it falls down is its pacing and urgency- very little of interest is happening in the present. There’s plenty the characters don’t know but due to the split narrative approach, following each of our leads through the past several weeks rather than adhering to one or another’s Pov, the audience has these answers and that, combined with the strong sense that the central trio is here to stay, leaves the show sputtering on
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