At this point I’m not even sure if we’re supposed to like half of the characters on this show. I do think the writers intend for me to like Emma, they are just bad at giving me reasons to do so. But what about newcomers like Haley and Gustavo and especially this Eli twerp? So far they have not been elevated beyond anything other than “potential murderer”, but I continuously feel like they are supposed to be people we like. I’ve said repeatedly how little I care about Emma and Kieran as a couple, but I can’t even begin to express how little I care about Emma and Eli as a couple. Unfortunately, this episode seems to want to make that relationship a thing.
We open with Eli sneaking around inside Brooke’s house. He’s not necessarily doing anything nefarious. He tries on some sunglasses he finds lying around and admires himself in the microwave door reflection. He makes some coffee. Nothing too terrible, but he’s still a creepy little shit though. We later find out that this is something he likes to do frequently because his mom is a mess and he sneaks into other homes to make up different lives for himself. Emma takes this revelation as charming, maybe because he gives it a cute name, “Goldilocksing” instead of calling it what it actually is, breaking and entering/being a creepy weirdo. We’ll get back to Eli and Emma a little later though.
In my review of the last episode, I expressed my disappointment at the reveal of what Audrey’s involvement with Piper truly was. To recap, she invited Piper to town to help her with some documentary she was working on. Piper then went on to murder everyone. That’s it. It was such a non-reveal that I was hoping it would turn out she was lying. This episode makes it seem like that truly was the extent of her involvement. She feels directly responsible and is terrified of Emma/Brooke/anyone finding out. A lot of the “tension” of the episode is focused around the killer giving Audrey orders and if she doesn’t follow, the killer will tell Brooke about her background with Piper. Just tell her yourself and get ahead of this asshole! I mean yeah her friends won’t be psyched about it but I would like to think they would get over it.
Brooke and Audrey’s stuff still makes for the best content of the episode, though I will admit that Noah and Zoe (who spend most of the episode on the cusp of boning down) are starting to grow on me as a couple. They provide some light-hearted moments in a show that often is in desperate need of them. Anyway, Brooke recruits Audrey to help her deal with the Seth Branson situation (in that Brooke has left him tied up in a hotel room with cuts on his face that she is responsible for) but they of course arrive to discover Seth is gone. The killer lures them both to the school where he has injured (though not killed) the…guidance counselor? I don’t know, another minor character that is an easy way to pad out the body count, though she didn’t die so the body count still remains at 2. His reason for luring them there is not made clear, meaning this killer remains pretty fuckin’ lame overall.
Ok let’s circle back around to Emma and Eli. The show is working towards a love triangle between Emma, Eli and Kieran and every second of screen time that’s devoted to that really does take me back to my times with the Twilight movies. They are hardly even characters! Emma is bland, Kieran is brooding and Eli is weird. That’s it, that’s the extent of their characterization. It’s crazy to think that anyone is invested in things working out between any of these characters but I’m positive there are “shippers” out there for each of the pairings.
Eli takes Emma out for a date where they break into a model home to drink wine. Little do they know that in the bathroom a few feet away are the bodies of Seth Brandon and whoever that hotel clerk was from a few episodes ago, still the most recent murder of this season sadly. Suddenly the house is on fire and once they get out, Emma and Eli have the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” argument about whether they should call the cops, or run away and never speak about this incident again. They choose the latter. We then see that Seth is in fact still alive as he weakly calls for help. It’s undoubtedly a creepy moment but I can’t see it leading to anything further plot wise (it’s not like he can snitch on Emma now, being burned to death and all) so it’s a strange end of the episode moment.
Let the Right One In doesn’t really move the overall plot forward, instead focusing on relationships between characters that I still have been given no valid reason to care about, outside of perhaps Noah and Zoe. I continue to be interested in seeing where the killer plotline is going, but they are really going to need to up their game if I’m going to care about the plights of these boring individuals.
Killer Prediction – A bunch of cats standing on top of each other are what’s inside the suit.