Patriot: Dead Serious Rick
January 16, 2018 1:14 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

John's devotion to his father is tested as he returns to Luxembourg. Meanwhile, Agathe puts together some final evidence that may finally expose the truth about John.
posted by Catblack (8 comments total)
This was maybe my favorite thing on television last year and I cannot wait for it to come back.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:17 PM on January 16, 2018

And word is, Debra Winger is joining the cast for the new season.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:18 PM on January 16, 2018

Just excellent.
posted by zeek321 at 2:27 PM on January 16, 2018

Yeah, I discovered this show last week and am on a rewatch with my wife. I really loved it, all those little things that fold back on each other in the show. It's sort of Cohen Brothers meets Wes Anderson. I'm really hoping next season continues the story perhaps all the way to Iran.
posted by Catblack at 2:57 PM on January 16, 2018

So dark, though. But I guess that's the promise.
posted by zeek321 at 4:18 PM on January 16, 2018

I do not understand how a show this terrific can exist so far outside of the zeitgeist.

I hope it picks up some (much-deserved) buzz for season 2.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:31 AM on July 27, 2018

So dark, though. But I guess that's the promise.

I sort of like how it manages to be dark but not grisly the way I feel a lot of American spy/cop tv is. I'm a little shruggo on Wes Anderson but I did always appreciate that most of his stuff (that I've seen) had a gentleness to it that was nice to interact with. Patriot gets outside of this a few times (the man in the backpack, for example), but it's nearly all suspense and build-up so the darkness is sociological (and us worrying about what might happen) more than having it all out there on the screen.
posted by jessamyn at 4:05 PM on August 28, 2019 [1 favorite]

I just watched Season 1 of Patriot. And mostly enjoyed it? Michael Dorman is great, it's interesting to see him in something before For All Mankind. I'm not sure I'll watch the second season.

Mostly I wanted to talk about the cruelty of some of the absurd humor in the show. Starting with the first episode, when John casually pushes Stephen into the path of a truck. Stephen's debilitating brain damage becomes an ongoing joke. So does Leslie's alcoholism, complete with a relapse event played sort of for laughs in the final episode. Then there's Ichabod who is supposed to be funny because he looks creepy and is lonely and wants to cuddle.

It's all just so mean. I'm not normally one to let some non-PC edgy humor interfere with me enjoying a show but it all added up to more than a bit jarring, particularly for a show made so recently. Unusual choice that fell flat for me with the side characters.

By contrast I liked all the comedy and tragedy mixed in John's life and his relationship with his father and brother. John's PTSD, how his father just doesn't care and keeps pushing John to carry out the mission, up to murdering more people. It's both awful and kind of funny and overall poignant.
posted by Nelson at 10:45 AM on February 6

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