Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Kung Fu - Loss

Xiao (Jennifer Khoe) puts her plans into action using both Mia (Vanessa Yao) and Henry (Eddie Liu) to find and steal the power of the bloodline. For an episode that sees the death of a supporting character and puts the lives of everyone in Nicky's (Olivia Liang)  family at risk, "Loss" should not be as bonkers as it is which undercuts any possible emotional weight. There's too much plot for the single episode and it lacks time for characters to grieve over Mia's death or their own mortality, although, thankfully Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) is given a couple of nice scenes early on (before disappearing under a pile of blankets like the majority of the cast for the rest of the episode).

The climax of the episode involves Bo (Ben Levin) and a depowered Nicky stealing an "anti-magic fruit" from the shadow dimension (which is really just a burned out warehouse with some very goofy larpers jumping around excitedly). The end gives us the torture of Henry, the death of two characters, the near-death of every member of Nicky's family, and yet it will only remembered for rushing through the plot and not allowing the deaths to weigh on the characters and the ridiculous warehouse sequence which is impossible to take seriously.

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