Dead Set 1.04 “Episode Four” Review

Thursday’s Dead Set saw the demise of Alex, who warned Riq of the risks to get to the Big Brother house, but by them going unheard, she was the one who suffered. Irony!

Remember Alex’s look of doom at the end of the third episode? Foreshadowing at it’s best, IMHO. She felt her death coming from the 36 miles it took to get to the Big Brother house, but Alex didn’t want to be alone in that safe farmhouse she and Riq left behind. One of Alex’s final lines, “I liked our farmhouse”, dripped of ironic disgust at the stupidity of their decision and how it got her killed. I don’t know about you, but if I was Alex, I would’ve been one lonely guy until someone else came along. On the other side, I can see why Riq wanted to reach Kelly, but he should’ve thought the plan through. I don’t really think he cared about killing Alex, because he really didn’t know her, which is sad since she saved him plenty of times. In some respects, one could say Riq unconsciously used Alex as a means to get back to Kelly, not knowing she cheated on him recently. Not that it will matter now, but still.

Irony.

Back at the Big Brother house, the Housemates get deep by having a conversation on how things went to hell. Joplin, an atheist, thinks if the Bible is true then they are living through Judgement Day due to our culture which is all about fame, war, sex, etc. The sad part about the rant is Joplin was hitting on something, especially with God punishing us for caring about trivial things like Big Brother. He might also be ticked about us about our obsession with Dancing With The Stars and Jersey Shore. Who knows? Also, when Kelly and Space “rescued” Pippa and Patrick, they noticed how the zombie masses had for some reason convened on the outside of the Big Brother compound. As Joplin declared earlier in the episode, the fans of Big Brother worshipped the show and are drawn to the house. It echoes the sentiments given by the characters in George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in terms of why the zombies ended up in the mall. Our obsession then was mass consumerism; now it’s reality television and its tropes.

Speaking of reality television, let’s talk about Patrick pretty much acting like a complete jerk, yet calling out the stereotypical tropes that go into making a reality show work. He degrades all of the remaining contestants for various reasons, one being how they are so quick to whore themselves out for fame. The way he talks down to them probably mirrors how most producers talk to reality show contestants if they get out of line, especially the females.

In Patrick’s world, they are all pawns in his eyes to be knocked down and stepped on. However, like most producers, Patrick forgets that these reality show stars are people, too. So exploiting these people for financial gain doesn’t make him any better than those who willingly participate in the circus they signed up for. Now, does Patrick care about that? Not in the least, which doesn’t sit well for the contestants now, because Patrick wants to get out and will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens. The pawns have now become keys to his escape. He’s exploited them before, what makes you think he won’t do it again?

A solid episode to set up the grand finale. Hope you don’t eat while watching it.

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