Cane: The Exile
(S01E09) So, is it just me or is Cane a little all over the place? I was convinced last week and in the few weeks before that that Ellis Samuels was genuinely interested in Frank Duque and really wanted to be parted from her despicable father. But this week (because now it's convenient for Alex's character) she is back on the other side with Daddy dearest.
I seem to remember Ellis confronting her father about the death of Lucia Duque. The look on her face said everything: she was in shock and deeply disappointed to discover her father ordered the death of a little girl. Then, her father threw her under the bus with the Cuban land deal. He even rudely ignored her while playing cards with his buddies. It was clear they were not in cahoots.
But now, after professing her love to Frank and suffering through Alex's accusations, she is clearly working with her dad. It was apparent from this episode that Joe blaming Ellis for the land deal was just a ruse to get information about Alex's involvement.
Ellis is clearly a plan-ahead type of girl. I just wish they would plan-ahead a bit when they write her story and develop her character. Polly Walker is a strong actress who can pull off a femme fatale with utmost ease. So, keep her on one side (and have her really fall in love with Frank by accident thereby putting her in a personally-conflicted position). This seems to be happening but it's been a long road to get there.
But enough ranting about Ellis, let me just go over a few other things I felt were missing before I review what happened with Alex. Where is Katie, the daughter? She had somewhat of a storyline but then she's disappeared. And Frank had yet another flip-flop. This episode he was the good son. I am not even going there.
Where the heck is Santo? Why wasn't he in charge of the trucking or involved in the sit-down with the Cuban and Israeli mafias (considering Santo was the one who introduced Alex to Ramon)?
Lastly, where was Jaime and Rebecca? Their story was just getting good. I expect to see something with them later and I hope that the writers follow-up on Rebecca's dad. However, Cane's storylines haven't exactly followed through in the past.
Now on to the good stuff about Cane: Alex's development and the relationship between Henry and Terry. And don't mind my ranting. I just really like the show and think it has so much more potential. Alex is almost hitting rock bottom. I loved the shot at the very end of the episode where he is left in his office having disappointed his father and surrendered most of his clout as CEO to Frank.
I would feel bad for Alex because he *does* do everything for his family but Alex is selfish about the Duque's interests too. This takes away from his character and fails to garner sympathy from the audience. For example, last night he acted like Ramon was such a bad guy. Alex sought this man out to exact revenge after Henry was hurt. But after the Duque trucks were hit, Alex warned Ramon about the negative outcomes of seeking vengeance. He even told the senator that he had no idea about Ramon's "connections" and that ties to his company had been severed. He made up for it in the end though by arranging the sit-down and coming up with a business deal.
Then there's Henry and Terry (Rachel Carpani). I really like Henry chasing Terry. In fact, I would have preferred Henry continuing chasing Terry for the remainder of the season. It makes for a nice subplot and there's nothing wrong with drawing it out. I have to admit I was a little surprised and disappointed that the two were sleeping together after a few shots of rum.
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