After a bit of a teased twist at the end of episode 3, I was hoping that The Undoing S01E04 would bring us down an intriguing road. But alas, a tease was all it was, and it was unfulfilled. But still, The Undoing S01E04 is managing to keep my interest in the limited series so far. Why is that?
It’s fair to say that The Undoing has been receiving mixed responses thus far, with some reviewers describing the series as “boring”. I get that. In fact, nothing much of consequence takes place in The Undoing S01E04. Well, it does seems that way but there’s more going on beneath the surface.
Indeed. I would venture to suggest that perhaps most viewers are looking in the wrong direction for satisfaction. While Nicole Kidman’s Grace Fraser appears to be the main character of the series, The Undoing seems to be shifting its focus more and more to her accused husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant).
The Undoing S01E04 makes that clear with the most interesting sequences arrowing in on Jonathan’s situation. Thus, the series is beginning to look less like a “whodunnit” (though it most definitely still is) and more of a character study of Jonathan, and indirectly a commentary on the rich and the powerful.
Grant’s portrayal of Jonathan, an arrogant, narcissistic, entitled, manipulative oncologist is genius. The viewer is never quite sure about where it stands when it comes to assessing Jonathan’s culpability in the scheme of things. His encounter in the home of Fernando Alves (Ismael Cruz Cordova), the husband of the woman he is charged with brutally murdering is illuminating indeed.
And of course, the final sequence in which Jonathan appears on TV to plead his innocence in the court of public opinion once more teases a juicy twist at the end, to keep us on tether hooks once more. Will it be another red herring? I hope not. I still believe that there’s enough in The Undoing S01E04 to suggest that there’s a big payoff coming in the final two episodes. I do hope I am right.
… still there’s more …