TV Club: Babylon: “Victoria Park”

“Can everyone please just stop dying, just for a minute?”

An episode about fallout is almost always going to be interesting: in what it shows and doesn’t show, in the reactions of tertiary characters, in the ways a disaster rattles trees far afield. With Richard out of the picture, this episode offers what might be a series best, simply by tracking what his death brings out in other characters, directly or by accident. We don’t see Sharon having to deliver the terrible news to Richard’s wife, not because it isn’t interesting, but because her admission is the end of that fallout. And in Babylon, characters are both immediately blindsided by and deliberately removed from disaster: everyone processes bad news over the phone or on a screen (whether news stories or watching a bomb search go bust). The key players even find out about Richard’s affairs …

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