Run: Kiss
April 19, 2020 8:24 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

On their first night aboard, Ruby's mind is consumed by sex, as Billy probes for personal details she's reluctant to give up.

Vulture Recap: An Amtrak 10 "The thing that makes their chemistry so believable, too, is that it’s not as simple as “wow these people really want to bone, huh!” They can’t stop accidentally hurting each other. It keeps happening physically as they twist around in this awkward, tiny train room, but they also keep slicing and dicing one another in bigger, more painful ways. Billy backs off from sex with Ruby, because the memory of seeing her husband and kids is fresh in his mind. Her marriage is impossible for him to get over; she managed to have this whole personal life that he didn’t, and at the same time, her decision to leave them for him has turned her into a person he’s not sure he wants her to be. He tries to shake it off and follow along with her enthusiasm and is brought up short by the glimpse of her C-section scar. Billy doesn’t want her to be the person she is in this train roomette, and he also doesn’t want to be the person who sparked her into becoming this."
posted by oh yeah! (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This episode was really good, I love that it’s not simply “let’s bone”. This is hella messy and they’re both grappling with what they left, what they want and consequences of what they’re doing and done. All while clearly being intensely into each other, which makes it messier.

Three cheers for the character of Derek, he was fun!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:47 PM on April 20, 2020

I like how ... complicated both of them are. Merritt Wever and Domhall Gleeson have such a nervy chemistry -- I can completely understand why Ruby and Billy are attracted to each other, but it's an attraction based on history and fantasy and not who they are now. But maybe a little bit about who they are now because they seem to know each other's core personalities so well (and also how to push the other's buttons).

The show makes me uncomfortable but not in the usual cringe-comedy kind of way. These people just feel way too relatable in a lot of ways -- they're flawed and confused and messy in the way we all are and I also can kind of understand the compulsion to give up your life on a weird impulse (that's also premeditated). I also have no idea where this is all going to end up and I like that about it.
posted by darksong at 4:48 PM on April 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

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