‘Search Party’ Season 5, Episode 10 Recap: Revelation


Research group


Season 5

Episode 10

Editor’s Note

3 stars

Photo: Jon Pack / HBOMax

Psychology has this concept of a hedonic treadmill. The theory is basically this: Every human being has an average level of happiness. Some people are lively; some people are austere. Big changes in a person’s life will affect their happiness for better or worse, but eventually they will reach their standard level of happiness. Research group was, in some ways, a hedonic treadmill show. Throw the craziest shit at these four people, and they’ll come back to their base level. Even the end of the world will not have a lasting effect.

Incredibly, Dory and company once again manage to escape blame. They bring about the end of humanity (at least for the Americas), but it happens so fast that no one ever connects the zombie apocalypse with the Lyte pills. Most people go to their Dory inflicted death thinking she died about four days before the shit really hit the fan.

We start the episode halfway up. Thanks to this scene, I have a new phobia: crowd surfing while the crowd is zombifying. Not since Return of the Living Dead 5: Rave to the Grave the mood has been brutally hardened. Elliott and Portia find Drew and Dory, explain the jelly switcheroo (“My egomania saved our lives!” Elliott yells) and what happened to the rest of the disciples. “You did it again,” Portia said to Dory.

They all flee to Marc and Elliott’s place, where they find out Marc has moved on to a new guy. Now, he thought Elliott was dead. They kick this new guy out, presumably to die at the hands of the zombies they created. Truly breathtaking to see how much no one changes in the face of these dire circumstances. The four are islanders, emotionally incestuous to the point of killing the people around them. No one explains the jelly beans to Marc, who eats them that fall from Elliott’s pockets. Nice play by Elliott, who doesn’t express love or remorse verbally but still looks very fondly at Marc as he begins zombification.

Marc takes his imminent death badly. “I was going to go back to school! He laments. He also takes a moment to call Elliott and his friends for being emotionally restrained and not letting him into the group. “It’s okay not to let your friends’ partners feel included! Drew yells at a dying Marc. Before he can deal any damage, the zombie Marc is hit by the self-driving cop car full of cultists turned zombies. Hey, the best! Happy to see you again. Faced with the consequences of their actions, the crew runs.

Approaching the Williamsburg Bridge, the gang sees Gavin, Chantal’s ex. They avoid eye contact as they make their way to the visual inspection checkpoint out of Brooklyn. Again, it’s amazing how the writers give the apocalypse the same motives as a party: big fights with your partner, avoiding people you don’t like, and ultimately the desperate need to run away with your friends. closest friends.

Portia has a scrape, which the military says means she’s infected. “This woman has no brain!” yells a soldier, to which Portia yells, “I’m just leggy.” When it looks like Portia – the heart of the gang – is going to be left behind, it’s devastating. Dory eventually decides that, rather than leaving one of the Principal Four behind, they are going to fend for themselves in Brooklyn. It’s the whole end of 1978 Dawn of the dead. A moment of desperation, a decision to stay together rather than die separately, and little hope of ever getting out of it. They alone are saved! By Chantal.

As we had guessed, Chantal used his wife’s legacy to become a zombie hunter. The old key given to him in the previous episode was a key to a series of underground tunnels, the best place to time travel and exit. As Chantal explains, time travel is made more difficult by construction. You don’t want to spawn inside a wall, so better travel through these disused tunnels that will never change. However, it remains a geocentric model of time travel. The Earth revolves around the sun, the solar system travels through the Milky Way, and the universe continues to expand into infinity. Theoretically, if you time travel to a fixed place in space, you will almost always appear in the freezing void of space. But hey! At least Liquorice’s Prepper shit is handy. Who doesn’t like Kind bars?

After being saved by Chantal, Dory has a brief moment to come to terms with the guilt of ending the world. She confesses to Chantal that the zombie apocalypse is entirely her fault, but she falls into delusional ears. She even tries to explain why it all happened, but all she can say is, “I just wanted to.” And that’s always been the trick, hasn’t it? Dory sees her desire as the dominant force in the universe. She wants a goal; she wants excitement; she wants to be at the center of things; she wants to be a good person; she wants to light up the world. Wanting without borders, wanting without logic. She wanted the jelly beans to work, so she didn’t listen to the scientists who said it wasn’t possible. And now these scientists are dead, and she’s still alive because she’s made of Teflon.

Let’s do a quick recording with where Research group left his players:
• Dr Benny: zombo
• Coroners: probably dead
• Gemini the rat: free
• The influencers: the zombos
• Quinn tunnel: probably hidden in a bunker in a safe place
• Marc: zomb!
• Aspen: a creepy little zombie
• Gavin: last seen yelling “Men first” at the checkpoint, so probably dead
• Chantal: more courageous and more efficient than the troops
• Gail: zombie

We don’t see Zombie Gail until the flash-forward, once the hedonic treadmill has really kicked in. New York is everything Life after people, and Drew and Dory got married. It seems their lives have been broken into fanciful places in the world before and ignoring all the death and devastation that surrounds them. The guilt of the survivor? Certainly not. The group had already begun to erect mental barriers between them and the havoc they had wreaked three minutes after being rescued by Chantal.

Elliott talks about moving to LA, which has about 11,000 people. As they chat lazily, they walk past a wall full of missing posters. Dory stops, looks, and can finally look away. Nice little parallel with the pilot. If she could have ignored a missing poster, that wall wouldn’t be covered by it now. Bye, Research group. You were real even when you were insanely fake.

• No, but for real, how do we all feel about the sci-fi horror twist of this final season? I had fun the whole time, but I’m afraid we’ve lost something by going this deep into speculative fiction. Research group started off a little bit to earth, then got more and more intensified. But even in the kidnapping and gun factories of season four, it was still a world that could happen. Does the show lose its specificity by moving away so far from our experience? Or going deeper into the apocalypse, did Research group the future itself? The real world is becoming less and less believable. Maybe it’ll look like a documentary next year.

• The moment Elliott sees an acquaintance in Chantal’s bunker and lies to her about the fact that he’s finally going to be able to have a coffee soon? Devastating. I really hope we don’t make plans yet to plan by the time we’re in the bunkers.

• If this was real life (LOL), there would have been FBI operations among the hippie mourners gathered at Lyte. They should have wrapped and tagged Dory before she could give him one.

• The news calls zombification an “unidentified contagious personality disorder,” which is really a gag order.

• Charles Rogers’ co-creator character is called Befuddled Ninny in the credits, and I’m LOLing.


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