I've finally written about Season 2, Episode 3 of Tremontaine.




Brief summary: Florian and Shade pressure Tess, Diane moves forward with her plans, Rafe fails to realize that his math might be fine and someone might be stealing from his father's warehouses, Micah continues to do math, Kaab continues to not understand how relationships work, and Vincent decides that he can and should leave Tess to Kaab's protection.

There are two things that caught my attention here that I've not yet seen folks discuss.

1. Diane wants to talk to Micah, but has received no response to her messages. She is getting ready to Inflict Consequences. I am wondering whether Micah received her messages or not. It's entirely possible that Micah saw the messages and decided that Math was More Important. But, it's also possible that she didn't.

2. Vincent, wtf are you thinking?

Okay, I get that you don't want to live in the same house as Tess and Kaab. But, let me see if I have this straight:

You agreed to become Tess's protector.

Tess really needs protecting right now, and you know this.

Kaab is careless. I don't care that she blocked your attack in bed. What about ambushes? What about returning to her family? What about all the various possibilities that don't involve formal challenges? Do you actually believe she is going to be a good protector for Tess?

I don't.

Kaab wasn't around when Tess got threatened. She's putting her family first, and you either think she's broken with them -- in which case, what happens if they make up with her? -- or you know what's going on, in which case, what happens when they say, "We need you to do this other thing over here" while Tess is in Riverside?

Also, wasn't Kaab supposed to teach you the dagger? I'm fairly sure that was the deal last season. I'm fairly sure that never happened.

But basically, while I understand Vincent's emotional logic, while I understand the narrative logic, it seems to me utterly irresponsible of him to drop his role as Tess's protector.

He doesn't have to live with her to be her protector. Sure, it helps, but it's not essential. This feels like it's no longer convenient for him, not like it's no longer proper or necessary.

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