From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 Episode 5 Review: “Self-Contained”

From Dusk Till Dawn

When we last left off with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the show’s cast of characters was finally starting to merge, as the Gekko Brothers and the Fuller family were headed to the border, while Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzales was hot on their trail. Inside the RV, Seth explains to Jacob how this situation is going to work, with everyone doing exactly what Seth says. Seth manages to find out that Jacob is a former member of the clergy, and Jacob tells him that he is making it his singular mission in life to get the Gekkos across the border in order to keep his family safe. While Seth exclaims that he’s not a killer, Jacob tells him that it isn’t Seth that he’s worried about. Meanwhile, Richie has another hallucination in the bathroom of the RV. The show at this point is doing a pretty good job at subtly introducing supernatural elements to the story while not putting too much emphasis on them too soon, allowing a slow introduction to the mysterious for the audience before we get to the second half of the season.

Carlos calls Seth to express his displeasure with the Gekkos, while Freddie is getting arrested back at the Dew Drop Inn because of the disaster during the Gekkos’ escape. He manages to get away, though, and steals a car to continue his chase. In the RV, Richie is seen threatening Katie and Scott while hallucinating again, and it really shows the ever-rising tension that is present between every single member of the main cast. No single character is completely pleased with any other character (even among just the Gekkos or just the Fullers), and this dramatic tension really manages to increase the level of excitement for viewers. Around this time, a flashback by Jacob shows that his wife was the cause for the unfortunate accident that ended with her death, and it is exciting to think about how the kids will react when and if this information ever comes to light. Richie finally reveals his hallucinations to his brother, but Seth is, typically, uninterested in anything that Richie has to say. He plays along, though, in order to keep Richie as sane as possible for the duration of the trip.

The RV manages to reach the border, and Seth tries to figure out the plan for how they’ll get across without being caught. In the back of the RV, Scott manages to pull a secret gun on Richie as Katie is praying with him, and the RV ends up in a pseudo-Mexican standoff as Seth pulls a gun on Scott while Jacob threatens Seth. Jacob resolves the situation with a well-timed fender-bender, Unfortunately, the situation worsens when he’s forced to deal with the other driver.

Without spoiling too much, the gang makes it across the border with some ingenuity and some help from Carlos, and Jacob finally comes clean to his family about what happened with his wife. Freddie, realizing what he is doing, leaves his badge behind as he follows the Gekko Brothers, and the RV reaches one of the most recognizable locales in cinema history: the Titty Twister, open from dusk till dawn.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been pacing itself before getting to the spot that many fans of the film had been waiting for, but the ride through the first five episodes was still very enjoyable. Now, though, is when the plot should really pick up, but the character progression that we’ve seen should ensure that the remainder of the season lives up to all  of the build-up.

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