What started as a show about a racial feud in episode one, quickly turned into a show about family dysfunction and lost loves. “Arise My Love and Shake Off This Dream” introduces the tensions between the Lanape tribe and the police with the case of the missing NYU student, which we know Phillip’s lackey, Mike, murdered and dumped in the lake. This seems more important at the time than it actually is, but it gives a pretty clear snapshot of how the two factions are pitted against each other, and the murder adds texture to the love stories that are developing alongside the action.
Episode one is also where we meet the interminably dreamy, and sometimes menacing Phillip Kopus. If you have read even one of my episode recaps, then you know what a shameless crush I have on Jason Momoa. He performs this character in such a new and interesting way, that his performance has audiences spellbound. All at once he is menacing, and charming, and vulnerable, and he delivers even the most threatening and vicious scenes with a twinkle and a smirk. He is by far the best part of this show. Silent and brooding, he carries (and steals) every scene he’s in. If you won’t take my word for it, believe producer Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Dead Like Me, Parenthood) when she tells EW, “He’s a soulful and deeply prepared actor and this is the finest work I’ve seen him do. It’s unbelievable.”
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