Eli is the righteous gem, almost by default, not only because his sins are more inconspicuous than those of other family members, but because he truly seeks salvation. The second season of The right gems opens with an apparent misdirection, which returns to Memphis in 1968, when a fresh-faced wrestler named the Maniac Kid, in Lone Ranger gear, whips an Indian with a full hairstyle on the top ropes. He then agrees to step in as a powerful henchman for his shady boss, snapping the thumbs of a deadbeat who won’t pay. The kid is Eli Gemstone, and he’s got the devil in him.
Now presiding over the Gemstone Empire, which includes a brand new premium streaming service, Eli still carries the contradictions of his youth, when he was both showman and child of God, the Maniac Kid and the offspring of a humble Christian family. . These contradictions cannot be reconciled, of course, and now they are amplified in this grotesque evangelical cash machine, which can buy him the image of righteousness (and political favors) without ever redeeming him. And a bit like Logan Roy in Succession – which looks more and more like a sister’s show to this one – Eli’s filthy, greedy and stupid children are a reflection of his moral flaws and a sad reminder of the future that awaits his empire. No wonder Logan and Eli both cling to their posts with both hands.
As if he wasn’t already fully aware of this spiritual situation, Eli receives an unwelcome visitor from his past in Junior, played by Eric Roberts, an actor whose grim oil can be traced back to at least the 1983 Bob Fosse film. Star 80, in which he plays the husband and murderer of Playboy comrade Dorothy Stratten. Almost 40 years later, Roberts still has an ease with him in the darker roles, as if he’s comfortable in his meanness. There is never a moment in “I speak in the language of men and angels” where his junior feels uncomfortable with Eli, despite the obvious fact that he is not carrying the same money or the same. affecting. He says he’s here on a friendly nostalgic trip with Eli – and Eli indulges in fiction by having a steak at Sticky Stephen’s – but his goal is to reconnect with the Maniac Kid. Once Eli Gemstone reappears, anything is possible.
After last season’s threats were removed with little consequence for gemstones – which reinforces the show’s theme of our tendency to endlessly forgive wealthy frauds – things are looking a little better for the family. in general. Judy sings and dances in front of a packed house at the Gemstone Salvation Center, proving that she doesn’t need Baby Billy to make her show biz dreams come true. After shooting him in the ass for his lies, antics, and coke snorting, Jesse has regained his wife Amber’s trust, and the two look to a new business. As for Kelvin, he recruited an army of oxen called Kelvin’s God Squad, who together look like the workers. inside the steel mill gay in John Waters episode of The simpsons.
But there are a lot of new issues on the horizon. Jesse and Amber meet another young Christian power couple, the Lissons, Lyle (Eric Andre) and Lindy (Jessica Lowe), who entertain a huge congregation in Texas with a sexed rock show that looks like Quiet Riot to the immaculate spiritual. As the firstborns of a lame baby boomer generation, the Gemstones and Lissons have an instant connection, and it doesn’t take much for these Deep South snake oil vendors to convince Jesse and Amber. to partner up for a Christian beachfront timeshare in Florida. They don’t even have to see the property before saying “Yes”. And Eli doesn’t even have to see the numbers to say “No”.
There are strong reasons for Eli to oppose the deal, such as Jesse being a shady idiot or the Lisson’s seeming exactly like the kind of barkers who could convince the dupes to sink money in a timeshare along. of a federally protected oceanfront property. But he didn’t have to fly to Florida and visit the proposed resort to reach these conclusions. He wants to humiliate Jesse in front of the Lissons for trying to inherit the Gemstone Empire before the old man even thought of retirement. He waits for the right moment to say, “Stop showing off in front of your friends, Jesse,” and leaves the beach. This is how the Maniac Kid breaks his thumbs these days.
The other threat to the Gemstones this season is getting a softer introduction than the Lissons. When a newspaper article about a televangelist named Makewon Butterfield is published, citing evidence that Butterfield filmed his wife red-handed with another woman in a dance club bathroom, it signals the end of the Butterfields on the platform. Stream of Eli. But most trusted brains come to a different conclusion, shared by many elites who have seen their brethren exposed for wrongdoing: Butterfield is not to blame for ruining his life; rather, it was the journalist who investigated him. Once parishioners’ money hits the collection plate, following the money looks like a big city anti-Christian program in action, doesn’t it? The reporter here, played by Jason Schwartzman, is not finished yet.
â¢ “That’s a nice cock, Ernie.” Even in a tight flashback section, this show is steadfast in its commitment to casual male nudity.
â¢ This episode ends with the Coen Brothers moments: Butterfield fleeing a meeting to jump off the balcony is a nod to The Hudsucker proxy, only he drops two stories instead of 45 (not counting the mezzanine), and Goodman’s transformation from gentle preacher into violent, thundering beast reminds his salt-of-the-earth self-assurance man in Barton Fink.
â¢ Danny McBride has unique comedic gifts that can be hard to describe, other than seeing him as particularly pungent vulgar. There isn’t an actor in America who says the line, “Your mom and I aren’t comfortable talking about cum with your little brother,” which is funnier. And that’s a very funny line on his face.
â¢ âIt’s time to finally stop the constant flow of garbage and propaganda from Hollywood. If they fill the airwaves 24/7 with this garbage, we’re going to do the same. Indeed.
â¢ Sunday brunches are always a special occasion for the dysfunctional Gemstone family, but it will be difficult for this season to top the back and forth around âAmber’s played pastramiâ. Jesse’s line, “Don’t talk about my wife’s vagina at church lunch,” is made all the funnier by the implication that there is in fact is a good time to talk about it. (And that moment is a bit later, when Jesse asks his siblings to âkiss the ringâ that was there.)
â¢ It is a common tactic in religious circles to pretend that deceased relatives are watching you from the sky all the time, even when you do shameful things. But Jesse’s conversation with Abraham about his ‘busting’ habits takes it to the next level: âWhen your hands touch your private parts, an alarm goes off in the sky. And all the loved ones that you have known that are dead, they are alerted, they float to where you are, they hold hands and they watch you being dirty to yourself.