Animal Kingdom Season 6 Episode 8 Review
Animal Kingdom Season 6 Episode 8, “Revelation,” had a lot of secrets front and center as danger came for Andrew Cody.
I was provided with a free filter of ‘Revelation‘ for evaluation. The opinions I have shared are my own.
How the writers handled the cat-and-mouse chase between Detective Thompson and Andrew was definitely a highlight of the final season. I really appreciated what happened during their inevitable showdown in “Revelation” and what it all meant to Andrew down the line.
After realizing that someone had indeed broken into Cody’s house, Andrew spent the first few minutes of “Revelation” trying to find the culprit. It wasn’t hard because he had been suspicious ever since Detective Thompson came into his life posing as Taylor’s mother. Of course, Andrew was going to threaten Taylor to tell him the truth. This poor kid didn’t stand a chance. The good thing is that Andrew didn’t beat him too much and actually gave Taylor a chance to make up for his betrayal.
I don’t know about you, but I think Andrew’s plan was pretty good. He knew who to target and how to go about it. Thompson fell into all the traps Andrew had prepared for him. In a way, if Thompson was a greedy cop, Andrew would have emerged victorious from the whole situation. But not knowing Thompson’s intentions was a mistake that ultimately cost Andrew dearly.
I really liked how the writers handled the intense scene between Thompson and Andrew in the motel room where Thompson was staying. Andrew had done everything right. He snuck into her room and took his gun while she was taking a shower. Andrew even put Thompson in a vulnerable position (she was only wearing a towel and was unarmed), as he attempted to intimidate her into offering to pay her.
But it all came to naught because Thompson knew how to handle men like Andrew. I smiled when she scoffed at Andrew’s offer and reversed it. She bluntly told Andrew that she knew about Catherine’s murder and that Andrew was in no position to harm her. I liked seeing it all.
The elder Cody looked completely defeated as he told Joshua and Deran about Thompson and how she wouldn’t rest until he was behind bars. Thompson is yet another example of a female character that signifies business in Animal Kingdom. Considering this is a very masculine show, it’s always nice to see the writers developing such female characters to counter Cody’s men.
My only complaint would be that the writers don’t really explain why Thompson is so determined to take down Andrew. Is she related to Catherine in one way or another? Does she want to solve the mystery behind Catherine’s murder to make up for some cold case mistakes in her detective past? I would like to know.
Going back to Andrew revealing the truth about Catherine’s murder to Joshua and Deran, I have a feeling Joshua won’t be too eager to help his uncle, especially when a detective comes after him. Joshua is someone who will always look out for himself. Which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if he considers getting rid of Andrew to protect himself and the business he’s trying to build.
Deran, on the other hand, will definitely support Andrew. And Craig too. So it will be interesting to see if Joshua is able to trap his three uncles if it meant he could stay unscathed in the end.
“Revelation” also caused Tommy to bring Deran a job. I was waiting for Tommy to level up and he did in this episode. Deran agreed to do the job (steal collectible silver coins from a local dental clinic) with Tommy, but only if Joshua was also involved. I liked Deran’s explanation of the need to develop a network of loyal people. Smurf had been able to control Oceanside because she had surrounded herself with people she could trust. Cody’s men had to do the same, and Tommy was definitely someone they could trust.
When the job, which should have been easy, took a bad turn, I think Tommy needed to live such an experience to better prepare for future heists. When veteran thieves like the Codys tell you to run, you run. No questions asked.
As for Craig, the writers had him try to comfort Renn after experiencing a traumatic event in the previous episode. Although I didn’t like seeing it, Renn and Craig finding solace in drugs made sense for their characters. I just hope Craig is able to see the meaning in the remaining batch of episodes and is able to get on the right track for Nick’s sake. Seeing Renn and Craig being so reckless with Nick was disappointing.
What about Deran? He got shot to save Nick and create a diversion for Craig to attack the kidnapper. And yet, the writers didn’t show Deran trying to deal with that trauma. Deran supports his brothers and Joshua. But no one really supports Deran. And I don’t like that. The writers should have found a way to bring Adrian back into Deran’s life in the final season, even through conversations over an untraceable phone connection. Let’s see if Adrian returns for the final or not.
A huge secret was revealed during the flashback sequences. Andrew eventually learned that Baz and Julia had met right under his nose. I don’t know about you, but I think Smurf played a part in finding Andrew. I think she deliberately asked Andrew to help her in the garage making some untraceable balls because she knew Baz and Julia were going to be on top of each other when they were alone.
In a way, I can kind of see where Smurf is coming from. In his eyes, Julia, Baz and Andrew were basically siblings. But Baz and Julia ruined this dynamic. Now there was unnecessary drama between the three young characters. And with Baz deciding to leave the house, he had drifted away from Smurf. It was all an act of rebellion and we all know how much Smurf likes to be in control. I can’t wait to see if Julia can mend her relationship with Andrew and how she will interact with Baz after Smurf tells her that a teenager like Baz doesn’t really like Julia.
What did you think of “Revelation”? Do you think Joshua will be willing to risk his life to protect Andrew?
Let us know.
Farid holds a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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