Welcome to episode 6 – This week we will discuss the 5 Commandments of episode 4 of Killing Eve.
The Inciting Incident happens 19 min in when Eve discovers that Frank might be taking bribes.
Villanelle’s Inciting Incident is when Villanelle is told off by Constantin for leaving her name as the nurse for the last kill
It’s so interesting that Villanelle still has power, she gives that birthday present for his daughter, basically saying I know things.
Most of the first half of this episode is Villanelle and without it, the episode would be pretty boring. It’s hard to eliminate Villanelle as the protagonist given all of her screen time.
Well, Eve is in grief over Bill, so she can’t do much other than cry and sulk and have arguments with her husband.
I thought the Inciting Incident was when the suitcase arrived at her house and Eve now knows where she lives.
Or is the inciting incident when Villanelle gets a mission to kill a British agent, and we as the viewer don’t know if that agent is Eve or not?
The Suitcase is good foreshadowing because we know that Villanelle is going to show up at Eve’s house.
Turning Point: If the Inciting Incident is when Eve’s suitcase shows up or that Villanelle has been assigned a British agent to kill, then the Turning Point would be when Eve finds out that Frank is taking bribes, because this puts her on Frank’s trail which eventually leads to the Eve and Villanelle confrontation.
So, what’s the crisis in this episode?
Does Eve confront Frank with the knowledge that she now knows he’s the mole? Or does she bring that information to Carolyn?
The stakes for this Crisis are: she wants to confront Frank because she wants to find someone to blame for Bill’s death, however if she presents this information to Carolyn it’s more likely that they will be able to capture and use Frank.
I see something similar, the same scene, but the question is Do I know what to do or do I need help? Because Eve is still new at her job, she is doubting herself because of Bill’s death.
Sometimes I wonder if Eve is even aware of her insecurity.
It’s a pretty tough job.
I wonder if she recognizes that she might not be the right person for the job.
So the Climax is that she goes to Carolyn with the information
Carolyn assigns Eve, Elena, and Kenny to go talk to Frank
And I think the next big sequence bleeds into the next episode, and it starts when Eve and crew get a call from Frank and realize he is being hunted.
I find this episode very unattractive because the next big sequence bleeds over to the next episode.
Maybe the writers wanted to leave the middle of the series on a big cliff-hanger.
Eve starts depressed and feeling guilty about Bill’s death and with knowing Frank is the mole, they have a new lead they can investigate to find out more. If we stop the resolution at Frank being a new good lead.
Polarity Shift: -/+
But if we end at the end of the episode, it could end in a –.
From a love story, we have a ritual of Villanelle leaving a note, which Eve will repeat later.
As a love story, we have gifts – the suitcase, the expensive clothes, and the perfume named Villanelle with the note: Sorry Baby. Hate is a great emotion – you can feel for someone, Eve wants to kill Villanelle with her bare hands.
In general, though, the episode wasn’t as good as the others, we didn’t have another assassination in the beginning as we have in the other three episodes. This scene is preparing for the Hero at the Mercy of the Villain scene. This episode might be more of a setup episode, it is setting up a lot of things.
Villanelle is paired up with two more assassins in order to kill Frank, and Villanelle ends up killing both of her partners. She even backs up over her prison friend Nadia, twice.
What other shows have a killer team imploding and killing each other?
Randy – Driver, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill
Mel – In The Dark Knight – the Joker kills all the others who are working with him.
Parul: Mission Impossible
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Hi, my name is Randy Surles and I edit Thrillers and Action novels. I specialize in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and anything with a military flavor to it.