Surreal spy games return in the second season of ‘Patriot’

Surreal spy games return in the second season of ‘Patriot’

The flip aspect to an acquired style like “Patriot” is that one particular person’s tv gold is another person’s disposable tin.

But when your preferences run to off-kilter comedy, then this bizarre, atmospheric spy caper, again for Season 2 on Amazon, is true up your alley: Consider a sequence mixing the offbeat sensibilities of the Coen Brothers with the quirky darkness of David Lynch.

Created by Steve Conrad (“The Pursuit of Happyness”), the present’s eight-episode second season ostensibly follows the primary arc of Season 1: the efforts of dour US intelligence operative John Tavner (Michael Dorman) to assassinate an Iranian political chief in Paris, whose armed guards costume as “The Dutch Boys” (with pageboy haircuts, shorts and footwear) to keep away from sexual temptations. John’s mission is guided by his father, Tom Tavner (Terry O’Quinn) — a shadowy, high-level authorities operative who’s beginning to understand the toll John’s work is taking over his emotionally drained son.

Season 2’s narrative picks up proper the place Season 1 left off, with John nonetheless undercover as a midlevel Milwaukee industrial-piping supervisor named John Lakeman, ostensibly in Luxembourg for a piping convention — a lot to the chagrin of his coke-snorting boss, Leslie Claret (Kurtwood Smith), who wonders why John can’t grasp business jargon. (Instance: “The talon-winged hook sluice heralds the daybreak … for tensile-threaded quench tempering throughout all 13 grades of hex-beveled waste drains and buckle-valved lock-nut sturdiness.”) To cite Johnny Carson, it’s “bizarre stuff” — however it’s additionally humorous, as is far of the (straight-faced) dialogue and a subplot involving a “Finger Replantation Viability” meter. Don’t ask.

“Patriot” consists of many colourful characters with equally colourful names (Peter Icabod, Jack Birdbath); veteran actress Debra Winger joins the forged as John’s mom, Bernice. She’s the US secretary of transportation, which, someway, is sensible on this surreal world.

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