Made to back off. He does that hands in the air gesture a lot.
We are continuing our look at Patrick Malahide’s performance as John Poole in the series Five Days. This is will be for Five Days S01E02, our previous recap can be found here.
Five Days, S01E02
Episode two, starts on day three (obviously the days are not sequential). Tanya is staying with the Pooles as she waits to her from her biological father in France. She fully expects to be staying with him shortly, but it seems he isn’t much of a father to her at all.
Meanwhile, Matt is trying to cope with not knowing what has happened to his wife Leanne and daughter Rosie. Sarah Wheeler, the woman who found his son Ethan, is working her way into their lives. Also, Mrs. Poole and Matt attempted to give statements at a press conference, but Matt stormed out and Mrs. Poole had a panic attack, so it was cut short.
RF: Although it looked to me like one of the oddest, most self-conscious panic attacks ever. Barbara was… sort of screaming, but her gaze was level and none of the volume or supposed anguish was actually reaching her face. She even shifts her gaze from side to side to gauge how it’s going over. The whole thing looks like an insincere, badly acted put-on. I’m not even sure what it was for – a sympathy ploy, maybe?
Admin: She does pause to shift her gaze while kind of licking her lips; I noticed that. It splits up her cries which seems odd. Admittedly, I’ve not had any experience with such things, but I would have thought some real screaming, the shrieking kind, and smashing of glasses and general effing and blinding would be more demonstrative of a panic attack. I think it could be Barbara is so absolutely self-involved that she can’t even have a fully natural panic attack.
Admin: Again, this is a complex series with a huge cast and we are focusing primarily on Mr. Malahide’s work, so for a more comprehensive recap, Wikipedia is the place to go.
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Tanya: “Don’t look at me like that.”
Admin: John Poole makes his first appearance in a scene with Tanya. They are working in the kitchen, Mr. Poole working on a cake while Tanya makes his labels. Tanya is chatting away, defending her father Daf. She seems to be trying to convince herself that the reason he hasn’t even phoned her from France is because he’s a “rebel” and lives his life his own way. She notices her grandfather’s skeptical face and chastises him on it. “I’m not looking like anything,” he responds with his arms out. Oh, he was totally giving her a “yeah, right” look about dad Daf.
RF: Yes, the “rebel” label is obviously meant to be in the “oooo, sexy!’ sense, which tells you a lot of what you need to know about Daf as a father. I can’t blame John for being skeptical, even from what little we hear. Obviously his dad/grandad Spidey sense is working quite well as far as Daf is concerned. However, he backs down on discussing it further, realizing that Tanya has enough to deal with right now as it is. Continue reading