The past impacts the present once again and it softens and alters our view of a couple of hardcases.
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Having seen some softening going on in the previous episode when it came to Pico and the group, it helped to make him a bit more of an interesting character rather than just an ass who has a stick up his butt. Enough so that he started to see some really good ideas coming out of the group and that helped to motivate him to help a bit, something that he’s surprised himself about having happened. What made it even more surprising was at the end, we have Vince and Mutta going out for drinks together, something that you’d never expect based on the way Vince was looking at Mutta from the get go. But there’s always something about Mutta that draws people to him in odd and unusual ways, and Vince is definitely a combination of the two. Add in the relationship that Vince and Pico have, and you get something quite curious.
It is amusing at the start when Vince goes off driving with Mutta and does what he can to throw him off with the speed of his car, but not really understanding Mutta’s own past with cars makes it comical, even from his time in Houston with Deniel Young brough back into play as a flashback. Vince’s attempts to get under Mutta’s skin is almost comical when you get down to it. When it comes to Vince, he brings out some interesting points here when he asks who is Mutta’s enemy, and he reveals his own first with the way the media treats space flight and these kinds of sciences in general. It clues us in a little more to Vince and his approach, but also paints an avenue where the two could be ideal together. At the same time, we get to reaffirm that Mutta does view himself as his own worst enemy, which makes plenty of sense.
The show brings in some good flashback material, including seeing Vince when he was a kid, and examining some of what’s really defined a particular generation of kids who became astronauts, including talking about Brian a bit. This also delves into Pico as well since the two grew up together in a mining town with fathers who worked that field. It gives them both a very working class feel but also showed, when it came to Vince, the problems he had with his father that helped shape a good deal of his attitude towards things. Though it’s hard to be sympathetic with Vince for a number of reasons, past and present, they do manage to soften him up a bit more here as well and that’s definitely an important thing in the long run. We also get the kind of beat down from the guidance staff as well for the core trio of boys here and how they’re being shoehorned into a way of life that they don’t want, and seeing the dour expressions on their faces as they seemingly accept it is heartbreaking.
While time in the present is fairly minimal overall, we do get some good stuff with the pairing of Vince and Mutta and then again with Pico being brought into it. The way that they deal with each other, personalities and all, is rather amusing since all three of them are distinct in their own ways. Spending more time with new material set in the past isn’t always welcome, but it works very well here to make us understand both Vince and Pico more and the kinds of ways that they were ground down from their youth that’s stuck with them ever since, even though you get that sense that they truly want to let loose and just fly with their dreams and not be weighed down by it all. There’s a lot to like with each of them and how they can view someone like Mutta now and understand who he is because of it.
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