‘Briarpatch’ 1×02 Review: What’s This About Again?

Briatpatch’s second episode, entitled “Snap, Crackle, Pop” is more confusing and less interesting than “First Time in Saint Disgrace” – at least, until the final few moments. But how am I stop watching now when the show ended like that?

Good move, Briarpatch. Good move.

All in all, though, two episodes might feel like a little, but in a shortened season they should be enough for us to have more than a vague idea of what’s going on or why that matters. Characters come in, they deliver exposition, they leave, only to come back a few minutes or an episode later, deliver more exposition, and I just …don’t really know how all the words tie together, much less the plots.

No, I don’t expect to understand how it all ties together, not yet, but I do expect to care about why it all does, other than because it affects Alexa.

Oh, yes, and it would probably be good if I liked anyone other than the main character. Everyone else is either suspect or just plain old weird. Can there even be that many creepy people in one single town? Law of averages indicates someone is probably decent.

But that’s what the lawyer is for, isn’t it? I’ll give you this, Briarpatch, not many shows go the making the lawyer the good guy route, but I appreciate it.

BRIARPATCH — “Snap, Crackle, Pop” Episode 102 — Pictured: Jay R. Ferguson as Jake Spivey — (Photo by: John Britt/USA Network)

Three episodes is usually the cut-off for how good a show is going to end up being. So we’ll talk next week. For now: 


  1. The pantsuit game wasn’t as on point this episode. Boring, not my style. Rosario looks better in red. And though I understand that loose is her style, there is such a thing as too loose.
  2. They really and truly named both their daughters happiness: Allegra and Felicity. This is where I remind parents that kids have to live their entire lives with the edgy names you thought were funny when you were young. Please keep this in mind.
  3. There’s NO WAY cop dude didn’t die. I mean, there are surely plot reasons why, very heavy plot reasons. But in real life? Yeah, no. No way he makes it out of that.
  4. Okay, but someone has to explain Jake Spivey to me. He does a hell of a good imitation of someone that cares, only to then turn around and be the guy who’s just there to do drugs, gets what he wants and betray Allegra? I mean, that might be all he is, but that would make for a very, very boring character, wouldn’t it?
  5. So the weird ass running back boyfriend clearly didn’t kill Felicity, though that doesn’t mean he’s completely innocent. He knows way more than  what he’s saying, or at least he’s guessed enough to be a problem.

Agree? Disagree? What did you think about “Snap, Crackle, Pop”? Share with us in the comments below!

Briarpatch airs Thursdays at 10/9c on USA.

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