Barry

Barry season 3

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Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

Sometimes, you don’t discover your passion until it’s just a little too late. You’ve got the cushy job and a good thing going, and it’d take too much to give it all away just because you’ve found the thing that really makes your heart soar.

For Barry, that thing is acting. The problem is that he’s already an emotionless assassin.

The two professions couldn’t be further from one another: one requires you to be center-stage, charismatic and full of emotion. The other requires you to stick to the shadows, changing your I.D. like a coffee filter and staying completely apathetic.

But the one thing that’ll definitely get him in trouble? The connections he’s making in the hobby. Because if there’s one thing any cold-blooded killer knows, it’s that every connection is another loose end that’ll one day need to be tied up.

That’s looking more and more likely too, as Barry’s ties with a couple of gangs continue to cause tensions to grow ever more towards a boiling point. And it’s doubtful that Barry will be able to act his way out of that danger.

Blood Will Have Blood

As Barry’s third season wraps up, we’ve come to realize that the director had a field day with the fake blood budget.

Of course, the series centers on an assassin, so that’s to be expected—even when it’s an assassin who’s kinda-sorta-reallyno longer interested in that line of work. At the very least, he feels a bit burnt out, and he wants to get out. But as you and I would probably suspect, when your line of work involves murder, walking away isn’t going to be easy.

That’s what Barry discovered when he tried to replace himself with another military friend in Season One. And with detectives, gang members and vengeful parents alike breathing down his neck, it’s no different in the show’s later seasons. And no matter how much Barry tries to surround himself with the aspects of a normal life—having friends, going out to bars and taking up hobbies—it’ll do nothing more than distract him from the reality that, very soon, this is all going to blow up in his face—and quite possibly literally at that.

Viewers can expect a lot of graphic violence in this one—both onscreen and off, as Barry and others torture, stab, shoot and even bite people dead. A Season Two episode focuses almost entirely on Barry’s fight against a seemingly superhuman man and his daughter as they ruthlessly pursue and attack him. There’s also other content parents will want to watch out for: a plethora of heavy swears, occasional sexual content (including a topless sex scene) and the emergence of a homosexual relationship between two men in rival gangs, to name a few.

This dark comedy isn’t going to pull any punches when it comes to the content it’ll expose its viewers too—nor should viewers expect it to. After all, assassins aren’t exactly known for that.

Episode Reviews

Jun. 12, 2022—S3, Ep8: “starting now”

Things take a dangerous twist as Barry’s professional life brings a violent intruder into the life of a loved one just as another man’s vendetta against Barry keeps Barry scrambling to tie up loose ends. Mob leader NoHo Hank is captured and must escape a grisly end.

A man punches Barry, and he hits and chokes Barry’s girlfriend, Sally. Sally stabs him in the side of the head with scissors onscreen and kills him offscreen with a baseball bat. In another scene, men are killed offscreen by a massive animal, and horrific screaming, crunching and tearing is heard. A guard vomits. NoHo Hank breaks out of his handcuffs, leaving his wrists bloodied. He knocks out a guard, and he shoots through a wall to wound the large beast.

A man dances in underwear in front of a man strapped into an electric chair. A woman electrocutes him as a way to try to electrocute the homosexual feelings out of him. Hank shoots both the man and the woman and embraces the man in the chair. Barry kicks a body into a grave.

Barry tells Sally that he knows where he’s going when he dies, and he doesn’t want Sally to go to the same place. A man drinks alcohol.

The f-word is used more than 40 times, two of which are preceded by “mother.” The s-word is used twice. The c-word is heard three times. We also hear instances of “a–” and “b–ch.” Jesus’ name is misused once.

Mar. 25, 2018—S1, Ep1: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”

When Barry is sent to Los Angeles to kill an aspiring actor, he discovers a joy for the stage and wonders if he can incorporate acting into his life.

Barry showers, though nothing is shown. Barry walks around a hotel room after killing a man, who is seen covered in blood from a gunshot wound to the head. Barry is seen in his boxers. While at a bar, Barry is asked to drive his assassination target home due to his DUIs. Barry finds his assassination target murdered, and Barry shoots and kills three gang members attempting to murder him. Barry asks for a whiskey.

A man plays a video of a man and woman having sex with loud noises and movements. The woman’s breasts are partially visible. People drink in a bar. A gang member offers Barry a beer and mentions meth. Fuches, Barry’s contractor, references a liquor dealer whom Barry killed by stabbing him in the genitals (a murder that is referenced several times throughout the episode). A man says a book is Barry’s “new Bible.”

The f-word is used more than 20 times, two of which are preceded by “mother.” The s-word is heard 10 times. “D-ck” is used three times, and we also hear instances of “a–,” “d–n” and a crude word for breasts. God’s name is misused four times.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank betrayed his roots by leaving the wheat behind to study journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics.

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