The Old Man Episode 5 is the fourth instalment of an American action thriller television series based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry. The premise involves a former CIA operative who has been living off the grid for over 30 years. When an assassin arrives and tries to take him out, the operative (“old man”) must go on the run. The series debuted on FX in mid-June (USA/Canada) and will be streaming on Disney+ (worldwide) from mid-August.
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The Old Man Episode 5 is either intriguing or ponderous one depending on one’s perspective. If one appreciates well written characterisations and expository dialogue, then you will absolutely love this episode! Essentially, aside from the flashbacks – which ironically do not bring that much to the table – the episode consists primarily of two key conversations.
First, between Harper and Emily/Angela with all the cards on the table. Harper is aware of who Emily actually is – thus there is no longer a need to call her “Angela” – a tense conversation that centres on trust and betrayal between two persons whose relationship is on a knife’s edge. Much is revealed here as to the intentions of both – can either be taken at face value? So much push and pull between them. Brilliantly written and performed.
Second, between Chase and Zoe, again a tense and conflicted bargain has been struck with each beginning to appreciate the value of the other. For Zoe especially, her misadventures with Chase now becoming a new lease on her mundane life. Fundamental is the understand that both take a huge risk by trusting and relying on the other. Again, brilliantly written and performed. Kudos.
The Old Man Episode 5 is certainly one of the better spy action thrillers on streaming TV right now. Highly recommended.
Now streaming on FX.
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