“For Joe”, last week’s episode of The Following, kicked things into high gear for the show and “Trust Me” continues on that path. The episode answers some of the most important questions from last season, like how exactly Joe (James Purefoy) escaped the boathouse, even if Joe having a mysterious half-brother murdered for his DNA does seem a little too easy. Despite that one hiccup, “Trust Me” hits all the right notes. Like most episodes of The Following it moves very quickly, is vaguely disturbing, and has some brilliant, if slightly predictable, twists. From the beginning of the season Lily (Connie Neilson) has clearly been hiding something. Why Carroll’s followers chose her in the brutal subway attack was a major question, one that seemed difficult to answer. Learning that she is possibly the mother of the twins, Mark and Luke (Sam Underwood), and a cult member might not be a huge shock but it’s wonderfully played and it takes the show to an interesting place.
From the first shot of Trust Me, Clark Gregg makes it obvious that his satirical picture owes a huge debt to Sunset Boulevard. Both are film noirs set in Hollywood that concern themselves with female actors clawing desperately at fame, but each is told from an opposite end of the spectrum. Billy Wilder’s classic memorably depicts an aging has-been desperate to reclaim her former glory, and Trust Me follows an up-and-coming starlet willing to go to any lengths to obtain celebrity. And the allusions just pile on after that.
Bates Motel, Ep. 1.04: “Trust Me” functions perfectly on its own terms, without any knowledge of Hitchcock’s masterpiece
Anyone who’s seen Psycho and watches Bates Motel brings his or her own insights, prejudices, fears, and collective memories into the interpretation, and that’s the biggest challenge the showrunners face. The greatest coup the writers of Bates Motel pull each and every week is that they constantly surprise us by having the characters do the unexpected.
The Americans Season 1, Episode 6 ‘Trust Me’ Directed by Dan Sackheim Written by Sneha Koorse Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (EST) on FX An hour absent of the usual dose of espionage, ‘Trust Me’ puts all of the show’s characters – major and minor – into reaction mode after the events of ‘COMINT’, as …