TV Review: ‘UnREAL’ S2 Ep. 4 – “Treason”


ur_204_04132016_jd_0184Preston Barta // Editor

Quinn: "You can't make this show without me."
Rachel: "Watch me."

Last Monday night, UnREAL’s third episode (“Guerilla”) in its second season put more focus on the restrained players, both in front and behind the camera of Everlasting. It caught them all up with the stirring drama that’s been brewing as of late, and it added more fuel to fire with the key players (Rachel, Quinn and Chet).

The ultimate power of this show has always lied within the its fine walls of scheming. However, there’s also a lot of intelligence and clever movement happening around the main attraction.

We saw Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) go from being bestie-producers with matching tattoos to enemies playing each other for their own personal gain.

Just when you think you have honest moments between them, or with a contestant and our bachelor Darius (B.J. Britt), there’s a camera lurking in the corner, or a certain look that lets the audience know what they’re seeing is in fact “unreal.”

This show is so carefully calculated and well played, it’s staggering. The talent on and off UnREAL’s field of wizardry sells the series’ manipulative nature with grace. Each performance comes with a grand amount of emotional depth, which enhances the payoff to their individual situations.

Constance Zimmer as Quinn in tonight's "Treason." Photo courtesy of James Dittiger.

Constance Zimmer as Quinn in tonight’s “Treason.” Photo courtesy of James Dittiger.

In tonight’s episode, the aptly titled “Treason,” new stakes are put in place for our characters. Quinn uncovered the tricks Rachel has been hiding up her sleeve, and this week we see how Quinn doesn’t put up with any of them.

Quinn is damn scary this season, but she remains entertaining as hell to watch. She clearly has plans of her own, and we’re left eager on our sofas to see when the queen will unleash her dragons.

Rachel, on the other hand, is not going down without a fight. So it’s going to be fascinating to see how it all turns out before the Season 2 clock strikes midnight.

Chet (Craig Bierko), like Quinn, has been very unpredictable this season. He lost the custody battle of his child and it’s clearly affecting him and causing him to lose the reins of his life. He continues to create a ridiculous male fantasy— which in last week’s episode, it included an obstacle course completed with explosions. He even went as far as kidnapping his child from his ex-wife, and well, you will see how that turns out for him tonight.

Tonight shows that UnREAL was reserving its sidelined players for bigger things. Darius gets much more game time in tonight’s episode, as was teased before the credits rolled last week. His actions and current predicament speaks volumes and says a lot about the entertainment world we live in.

So expect more great dialogue, acting and hard hitting moments in UnREAL‘s firestorm of fury.

Tonight’s episode, titled “Treason” airs on Lifetime at 10pm/9c.

Feature Photo: Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby star in tonight’s episode of UnREAL. Courtesy of James Dittiger.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.