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Barry season 3 episode 1 review: “An undeniably strong start”ByMolly Edwardspublished 25 April 22Review

Are some things unforgivable? That’s the question Barry faces in the Season 3 premiere, and one that doesn’t have an easy answer. From the start, there was a feeling that Barry – as Bill Hader had gone from hitman to actor to repeat shooter – could once again put the violence behind him, if the world stopped putting obstacles in his way. Now, however, the only thing standing in his way is his own tortured soul.

From the opening scene of the premiere, it’s clear that Barry doesn’t think forgiveness is an option. On a bad road, he becomes distracted, fuzzy, even hallucinating and falls back into deadly bad habits. We’ve seen Barry feel guilty before, but he’s never looked so defeated. A conversation between Barry and Chechen leader NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) sheds light on where all this is going. “Forgiveness is something that has to be earned,” Hank tells Barry, who is desperate for purpose. A meltdown is clearly on the horizon, but for now Barry is on the gas, which means Hader has yet to release his performance. Restraint is admirable – it would be easy to exaggerate Barry’s collapsing mental state, but holding back will only make the inevitable inner explosion more effective.

The episode cleverly lays the groundwork for the rest of the season, offers a new development for Hank that promises to give him a meaty story, and puts Sarah Goldberg’s Sally in Barry’s opposite trajectory. While in crisis, she is living her dream on the set of her own TV show. But all is not smooth. An incredible shot that follows him throughout the set puts him at the epicenter of a hurricane, and you can’t help but marvel at how effectively he handles the chaos – until a moment of silence reveals that he too may be holding up.

Previous seasons have never been afraid to embarrass these characters, but this season promises to be more interior-focused than ever before: many of the issues that arise in the first episode are rooted in the characters’ own emotions rather than in an external emotion. threatening. However, danger still looms on the horizon. Stephen Root’s Fuches may be a long way off, but seeing him again is a menacing reminder of Barry’s potential to cause trouble…even if he’s busy tending to a few goats right now (yes, really).

(Image credit: HBO)

The police are still interested in what happened to Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome) and question Hank. Having him handle the situation seamlessly and hilariously reveals that the character hasn’t lost his spark. In this episode, Gene Cousineau of Hader and Henry Winkler brings almost all the laughs as he takes on a heavier story.

And Barry’s main concern is for Gene to take shape. At the end of Season 2, Fuches told Gene that it was Barry who killed Janice, and Gene definitely hasn’t forgotten that. Her reaction to the news fits perfectly with Barry’s turmoil and struggle for forgiveness.

However, given the focus on each character’s emotional life, it’s odd that the episode didn’t address the repercussions of Sally’s big choice in the Season 2 finale. She decided to improvise on her acting showcase, and instead of performing her scene while it was being rehearsed, she brutally opposed the fictionalized version of her abusive ex-husband. In the Season 3 premiere, Sally’s thoughts on the matter are frustratingly unexplored.

That’s the episode’s only stumble, though, and you’d be forgiven for worrying that the show won’t be able to maintain its own momentum, because the first two seasons were so cleverly written and had such great performances. . “Forgiving Jeff” dispels those fears. Written by co-creators Hader and Alec Berg and directed by Hader himself, the episode is undeniably a great start to what promises to be an excellent television series.

While previous seasons have questioned whether change is possible or whether Barry is doomed to a life of violence, this season definitely faces the consequences. We no longer wonder if Barry is really a violent killer: he is (but he is not. everything it is, it comes back all the more so as it is pointless to deny it). What we need to think about, however, is whether it is possible to make amends and, ultimately, whether forgiveness is an option.


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Barry season 3 episode 1 review: “An undeniably strong start”

By

Molly Edwards

published 25 April 22

Review

Are some things unforgivable? That’s the question the Barry season 3 premiere wrestles with, and it’s one without an easy answer. From the very beginning, there’s been a sense that Barry – Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-actor-turned-hitman-again – could leave violence behind, if only the world would stop throwing obstacles in his path. Now, though, the only thing standing in the way is his own tortured psyche. 
From the premiere’s opening scene, it’s plain that Barry thinks forgiveness isn’t an option. He’s in a bad way, distracted, unfocused, even hallucinating, and falling back into murderous bad habits. We’ve seen Barry plagued with guilt before, but never has he seemed quite so defeated. A meeting between Barry and Chechen leader NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) illuminates where this is all headed. “Forgiveness is something that has to be earned,” Hank tells Barry, who has shown up on the desperate hunt for a purpose. A breakdown is clearly looming on the horizon, but for now, Barry is coasting on fumes, which means Hader’s not letting loose with his performance just yet. The restraint is admirable – it would be easy to overplay Barry’s crumbling mental state, but holding back will only make the inevitable implosion all the more impactful. 
The episode smartly lays the groundwork for the rest of the season, introducing a fresh development for Hank that promises to give him a meaty storyline, as well as setting Sarah Goldberg’s Sally on the opposite trajectory to Barry. While he’s in crisis, she’s living her dream on the set of her own TV show. But all is not smooth sailing. An incredible one-take following her through the set puts her at the epicenter of a whirlwind, and you can only marvel at how effectively she’s handling the chaos – until a moment of quiet reveals that she, too, might be only just keeping it together. 
Previous seasons have never been afraid to put these characters through the wringer, but this season is shaping up to be more internally-focused than ever before: most of the problems established in the premiere arise from the characters’ own feelings, rather than an external threat. However, there’s still danger lurking on the horizon. Stephen Root’s Fuches might be far away, but just seeing him again is a menacing reminder of his potential to cause trouble for Barry… even if he’s busy caring for some goats at the moment (yes, really). 

(Image credit: HBO)
The police are still interested in what happened to Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome), too, bringing Hank in for questioning. Watching him smoothly – and hilariously – handle the situation reveals the character hasn’t lost his spark. In this episode, he brings almost all the laughs while Hader and Henry Winkler’s Gene Cousineau shoulder a heavier storyline.
And it’s Gene who is shaping up to be Barry’s main concern. At the end of season 2, Fuches told Gene that Barry is the one who killed Janice – and Gene certainly hasn’t forgotten. His reaction to the news dovetails neatly with Barry’s turmoil and his struggle for forgiveness.  
But, considering how much focus there is on the emotional lives of each character, it’s odd that the episode doesn’t address the fallout of Sally’s big choice in the season 2 finale. She decided to improvise in the acting showcase, and instead of performing her scene as rehearsed, ferociously stood up to the fictionalized version of her abusive ex-husband. In the season 3 premiere, Sally’s thoughts on the matter are left frustratingly unexplored. 
That’s the episode’s only stumble, though, and since the first two seasons were so smartly written and featured such strong performances, you’d be forgiven for worrying the show couldn’t sustain its own momentum. “forgiving jeff” blows those fears away. The episode, penned by co-creators Hader and Alec Berg, and directed by Hader himself, is an undeniably strong start to what promises to be an excellent stretch of television. 
While previous seasons asked if it was possible to change, or if Barry is doomed to a life of violence, this season is firmly dealing with consequences. We’re no longer wondering if Barry truly is a violent killer: he is (though it’s not all he is, it crops back up enough that denying it is futile). What we are left pondering, though, is whether it’s possible to atone – and if forgiveness is an option after all.
Caught up on Barry? Fill out your watchlist with our roundup of the best Netflix shows streaming now. 

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Barry season 3 episode 1 review: “An undeniably strong start”

By

Molly Edwards

published 25 April 22

Review

Are some things unforgivable? That’s the question the Barry season 3 premiere wrestles with, and it’s one without an easy answer. From the very beginning, there’s been a sense that Barry – Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-actor-turned-hitman-again – could leave violence behind, if only the world would stop throwing obstacles in his path. Now, though, the only thing standing in the way is his own tortured psyche. 
From the premiere’s opening scene, it’s plain that Barry thinks forgiveness isn’t an option. He’s in a bad way, distracted, unfocused, even hallucinating, and falling back into murderous bad habits. We’ve seen Barry plagued with guilt before, but never has he seemed quite so defeated. A meeting between Barry and Chechen leader NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) illuminates where this is all headed. “Forgiveness is something that has to be earned,” Hank tells Barry, who has shown up on the desperate hunt for a purpose. A breakdown is clearly looming on the horizon, but for now, Barry is coasting on fumes, which means Hader’s not letting loose with his performance just yet. The restraint is admirable – it would be easy to overplay Barry’s crumbling mental state, but holding back will only make the inevitable implosion all the more impactful. 
The episode smartly lays the groundwork for the rest of the season, introducing a fresh development for Hank that promises to give him a meaty storyline, as well as setting Sarah Goldberg’s Sally on the opposite trajectory to Barry. While he’s in crisis, she’s living her dream on the set of her own TV show. But all is not smooth sailing. An incredible one-take following her through the set puts her at the epicenter of a whirlwind, and you can only marvel at how effectively she’s handling the chaos – until a moment of quiet reveals that she, too, might be only just keeping it together. 
Previous seasons have never been afraid to put these characters through the wringer, but this season is shaping up to be more internally-focused than ever before: most of the problems established in the premiere arise from the characters’ own feelings, rather than an external threat. However, there’s still danger lurking on the horizon. Stephen Root’s Fuches might be far away, but just seeing him again is a menacing reminder of his potential to cause trouble for Barry… even if he’s busy caring for some goats at the moment (yes, really). 

(Image credit: HBO)
The police are still interested in what happened to Detective Janice Moss (Paula Newsome), too, bringing Hank in for questioning. Watching him smoothly – and hilariously – handle the situation reveals the character hasn’t lost his spark. In this episode, he brings almost all the laughs while Hader and Henry Winkler’s Gene Cousineau shoulder a heavier storyline.
And it’s Gene who is shaping up to be Barry’s main concern. At the end of season 2, Fuches told Gene that Barry is the one who killed Janice – and Gene certainly hasn’t forgotten. His reaction to the news dovetails neatly with Barry’s turmoil and his struggle for forgiveness.  
But, considering how much focus there is on the emotional lives of each character, it’s odd that the episode doesn’t address the fallout of Sally’s big choice in the season 2 finale. She decided to improvise in the acting showcase, and instead of performing her scene as rehearsed, ferociously stood up to the fictionalized version of her abusive ex-husband. In the season 3 premiere, Sally’s thoughts on the matter are left frustratingly unexplored. 
That’s the episode’s only stumble, though, and since the first two seasons were so smartly written and featured such strong performances, you’d be forgiven for worrying the show couldn’t sustain its own momentum. “forgiving jeff” blows those fears away. The episode, penned by co-creators Hader and Alec Berg, and directed by Hader himself, is an undeniably strong start to what promises to be an excellent stretch of television. 
While previous seasons asked if it was possible to change, or if Barry is doomed to a life of violence, this season is firmly dealing with consequences. We’re no longer wondering if Barry truly is a violent killer: he is (though it’s not all he is, it crops back up enough that denying it is futile). What we are left pondering, though, is whether it’s possible to atone – and if forgiveness is an option after all.
Caught up on Barry? Fill out your watchlist with our roundup of the best Netflix shows streaming now. 

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