CONTINUED However, things start to change in the concluding five minutes of the ep when Greg is visited by this hilariously Cheesy British Guy named John Coblenz. First, let’s give a real fast shout out to the actor playing Coblenz, Madison Mason. It’s always fun when I’m just watching KL and a character shows up and I’m like “Cool, whatever,” and then I later look up that actor’s resume and see how much stuff they’re really in. In this case, Madison Mason is still working to this day, with one of his most recent credits including an episode of Girl Meets World (I didn’t say he was working on good stuff; I just said he was working). Looking through his IMDb, there’s not a ton that jumps out at me, but there’s just a ton of, you know, stuff. The guy just keeps busy. Let’s think what things do pop out at me. Well, he was in a memorable X Files ep (the season six ep called Triangle which is shot like a Brian De Palma film with tons of long cuts and crazy split screen action) as well as my fourth-favorite Omen movie, Omen IV: The Awakening. Anyway, the guy’s not a huge movie star, but he’s a working character actor who keeps busy to this day, so good on him. This character is hilarious, though. I love whenever British people are randomly introduced into anything just to be vaguely evil, and this guy’s perfect. Thank God, however, that I’m watching this with My Beloved Grammy, because she was very helpful after the conclusion of the ep with making me understand the exact gist of this scene. Basically, Greg’s hanging out in his hotel room that he lives in, and he explains that the Empire Valley project is much more than it appears at first glance. At first, you’d think it’s just a simple planned community, but really Galveston’s plan and dream for it was to use to it as a cover to, like, basically keep an eye on what everyone in the world is doing. Really, it’s some sort of epic conspiracy in which they can all keep checking up on people and, like, listening to their phonecalls and f***ing with their credit ratings and, well, basically it’s The Patriot Act, except about twenty years before that was a real thing. The ending of this episode almost made me pee my pants, and it was one of those endings that I’d forgotten about, but as soon as it popped up in front of me, I remembered it vividly and started laughing. The guy gives this great big speech to Greg about how he needs to involved in this project because it’s a big fat deal and then he says, “Everybody is depending on you,” and then there’s a small pause and he repeats, “Everybody,” and then there’s another small pause and, in a tight close-up of Greg’s ponderous face, we get an obvious bit of A.D.R. in which they loop in a third, “Everybody.” So that’s three “Everybodys” in a row, and the fact that the third one is so obviously re-looped, oh God I just love it so. Make no mistake, I’m not laughing at the show; I love the show deeply, down to my very core, but I’m just laughing in a loving way at this obvious bit of dubbing and the over-dramatic way that this cheesy British guy who wandered off the set of a Roger Moore Bond film is saying, “Everybody” not once, not twice, but thrice. It only gets better when he says it two more times at the start of our very next episode! In any case, the third “Everybody” also serves for our “Executive Producers” credit to pop up on the screen and for The Deluge to come to its conclusion. Okay, so what did I think of that ep? Well, it was good, but I’m gonna say it was probably my least favorite of the season so far, aside from maybe the premiere ep, Buying Time. Now, before you all gasp and think I’m insulting the ep, let me clarify that season six of KL is so unbelievably brilliant that saying an ep is the “worst” ep is really more like saying it’s the “least good.” They’re all good at this point; we haven’t seen a bad ep in the season. The only reason I’m putting this one kinda low is cuz it’s just not as exciting as the last batch we’ve seen, but that’s also okay. This one is clearly planting seeds with Ruth Galveston, with Cheesy British Guy, with the continuing developments involving Val’s babies, all that stuff, it’s just not quite as immediately awe-inspiring as the other eps this season have been, you know? However, it still has tons of great qualities, including the assured direction of one Bill “Cooke” Duke (in his penultimate episode! Can you believe that after this, we only have one more Duke episode left to watch? How shall I go on?!) and the fine guest acting of Ava Gardner, not to mention those fabulous character moments between Joshua and Abs and, of course, the shouting match between Gary and Ben. So yeah, still good, still solid, still a show on the top of its game, but just a little less visceral and thrilling than our past few eps have been, you know? Things should continue to escalate nicely as we continue to explore that whole “Everybody” issue with our next ep, A Piece of the Pie.