|So, what happened to Sam's mum at the end of the episode? Is there a mundane reason - like, with Warren off the scene, the area isn't safe anymore, and so they moved?|
"I'm really surprised about the burglaries. We move around a lot and this is the safest place we've ever been."
Perhaps because Mr Tyler's a salesman.
The ease with which Warren was captured, and the lack of repercussions, did grate with me a little in episode 4. It's as though all they had to do was get up the courage to snap the cuffs on him, and they'd all walk a little more proudly, with that guilty animal quiet in their guts.
However, it's still mixing pleasurable little in-jokes and genuinely moving character development.
Nelson's role still perplexes me. In episode 1, Sam asked himself what corner of his subconscious Nelson sprang from, and he does seem to play the part of prophet or sage, with some inside knowledge of Sam's coma... either that or he's just making vague philosophical pronouncements (about sticking it out, picking your fights, staying true to yourself) that chime with our, and Sam's, belief about his situation.
A little surprising, and implausible, that while Annie and other women are derided (even by sympathetic characters like Gene) as fanny and slags, and Warren's sexuality earned him a variety-box of homophobic insults -- immigrant workers in episode 3 weren't called anything more abusive than "coloureds", and Nelson hasn't once been subject to any kind of insulting or mocking comment about his ethnicity. On first meeting, Gene assured Sam that Nelson was "alright": but it seems a bit of a get-out that none of these retro cops with their 1970s prejudices ever make a racist joke. I expect that might be going too far for us now, and distance us from finding them remotely likeable, but it would be accurate in terms of period and character, I think.
There is something about Annie I'm really crushing on. She has an amazingly vibrant, glowing quality -- eager, fresh, trusting. She seems to embody (and perhaps in a way, prompt) everything Sam says about it being a beautiful thing to be alive.