TV ReviewsI Am the Night Season 1 Episode 5: Aloha Review

Keith NoakesFebruary 25, 2019

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Synopsis: Jay and Fauna search for a way to make it to Hawaii: Fauna to find her mother, Tamar Hodel, and the truth about why she was put up for adoption, and Jay to see if Tamar holds the answers to the Hodel case that destroyed his career. (Turner Broadcasting System)

Writer: Monica Beletsky

Director: Carl Franklin

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 49mins

Airs: Mondays at 9pm on Bravo (Canada)/TNT (United States)

What is even going on anymore? The mess that has been this series just gets worse and worse with its terrible writing leading the way. Five episodes in and we are still no further than when we started. This episode finally introduced us to the adult Tamar Hodel (Jamie Anne Allman) but it couldn’t even do that right. This has to be one of the most frustrating hours of television in recent memory, more so considering everyone involved.

This episode would start with a flashback to a morals trial for a younger Tamar Hodel that went nowhere (other than telling us what we already knew about Tamar being crazy) before the opening credits started. Singletary convinced Peter to get he and Hodel a pair of tickets to Hawaii to find Tamar Hodel based on the prospects of including her daughter in the story. When he went to pick up Hodel, Jimmy Lee was not thrilled about it to say the last as she did not trust Singletary at all. Despite this, Hodel would still sneak out so they could go.

Now in Hawaii, Hodel was worried about what to say to her mother and wondered if she really wanted to see her. The address they had got them nowhere. A rambunctious sailor at a bar tried to dance with Hodel but Singletary put an end to that. While he was sleeping in his car, he was haunted by his past (like it has mattered?). They would eventually find Tamar further south. Tamar would confirm that her father was not black (she admired black people), however, their reunion quickly ended when she revealed that George Hodel was her father which was the reason for the morals trial.

Hodel would be mad at Singletary for not telling her everything. His lame attempt to console her didn’t help. Despite what he had, he did not want to include Fauna but Peter was adamant otherwise. Singletary’s talk with Tamar didn’t go well. She was reluctant to help due to George Hodel’s power and influence. Everybody knew what was really going on. Singletary was convinced that he killed the Black Dahlia and much more victims. She would also give him a set of paintings by George Hodel of the Black Dahlia victims.

Now back in Los Angeles, Peter called Singletary and Hodel to a meeting. Hodel would wait in the car while the meeting inside was just a trap by Billis to arrest Singletary. Meanwhile once home, Hodel called Jimmy Lee to apologize for her actions. She vowed to come back home but Jimmy Lee hung up on her once she brought up the trial.

George Hodel was with Jimmy Lee and would stab her repeatedly as she tried to call for help. The episode ended with George driving back to Los Angeles.

Overall, Aloha was another terrible episode of I Am The Night. The series has been a mess and this episode was no different. The story and tone were all over the place, the pacing was bad, and the writing was terrible. This has been the case the whole series so far and this episode was the epitome of this. This series has been a frustrating watch and it’s simply been hard to care about anyone or anything thus far. It has definitely squandered its five episodes thus far and now with one episode left, we will soon be put out of our misery as the series has given us no indication whatsoever that anything will change which is simply a shame.

Score: 2.5/10

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