Amid all the TCA and Emmy craziness, I finally caught up with this week’s “John from Cincinnati.” As Johnny Bravo would say, whoooaaa momma!
“His Visit, Day 5” is television of the absurd. Ionesco-TV. Samuel Beckett could’ve written the closing scenes with the motley crew hanging out in the motel parking lot, with assorted dead-gray ghosts and fantasy figures. You gotta give HBO credit for having the corporate courage to pay for it and put it on the air. It’s TV that keeps on giving. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t help but spend hours turning it all over in your head trying to answer the question “what just happened?!”
In fact, amid all of the mega-bizarro stuff, there were some discernable, and disturbing, plot-moving points served up, along with some important backstory details dropped in “Day 5.” John’s spacey soliloquy at the end is full of clues, at least I think they are after spending the past few days thinking about them, even when I was trying not to.