The Maester of Dubrovnik
Episode 2 of The Pentaverate begins with The Musk train arriving at Pentaverate Headquarters.
Patty announces to the Pentaverate leaders (now including Clark) that The Meadows is in three days. It’s a meeting with world leaders in Switzerland.
The Maester of Dubrovnik, the Pentaverate’s official investigator, arrives from the train to investigate the death of Jason Eccleston.
Ken’s boss calls to tell him that she’s already replaced him. Reilly encourages him to keep trying, and they’ll get his job back.
The Maester begins an autopsy on Jason Eccleston’s body, with Patty standing beside him. He asks Patty what made her suspect murder. After his death, she noticed that his eyes turned from brown to blue. The Maester soon concludes it was indeed murder.
Anthony tells Ken and Reilly to go inside a bar called Area 52 and ask for Sammy. Sammy gives Ken the security fob to get into the Pentaverate after he beats him at billiards.
In a Pentaverate meeting, Clark protests that they are voting on party favors for The Meadows instead of focusing on bigger problems. He storms out to go do some actual work.
Ken heads into Pentaverate Headquarters outfitted with glasses that will record everything he sees. He passes his rather lax interview to join the Leichtenstein guard, and is welcomed into Headquarters just like that.
Dr. Clark and the Maester are hard at work in their respective tasks. While the Maester finds that one of the people in the Pentaverate must be the murderer, Clark cracks the code he’s been working on for a climate change solution.
Bruce comes to see him, and they toast to being dead in the outside world. Then, Patty arrives to give her congratulations.
The next morning, a monk finds Patty and Clark sleeping together. When Patty wakes up, she realizes Clark is dead, and she screams. The camera zooms in on his once brown eyes, now blue.
The Episode Review
A murder mystery shakes things up at Pentaverate HQ, but even that can’t save the story from its soporific attempts at humor–which is the weakly beating heart of the show. Rather than use comedy to elevate its story, The Pentaverate uses poorly thrown together plot points as vehicles to tell its many mediocre jokes.
Fortunately, this episode doesn’t suffer from as much exposition as the last, but it does fail to tell a compelling story or get us invested in any of its characters.
It does leave us with a question, however. What sinister plan is brewing in The Pentaverate?