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‘Anna’ episode 4 review: The only adult in the room

Anna meets a potential ally.

Anna took one step closer to having her family reunion in last week’s episode. After escaping the clutches of an evil twin, thanks in part to her crush, Pietro, she sets out to infiltrate the compound of the White and Blue Kids. Once inside, she plans to rescue her younger brother who has been taken there. The gang’s leader, Angelica, has created an alluring escape from the post-apocalyptic world but she also has one intriguing possession that no one else can claim: the last remaining adult.

“The Invisible Boar” is a bit inconsistent. Some parts can seem long and drawn out including the chase scene between the Blue Kids and Anna. It still plays into Angelica’s twisted take on reality television but doesn’t deliver on its promise. In addition, the added drama of a poisonous snake seems a bit forced and much of the episode is spent on the titular character’s coping with the injury and recovery.

The new conflict and distrust between siblings are developed well. When Anna finally finds Astor, he has an understandable distrust. This whole time, the little brother believed there were no other kids and lived a lonely life at their home. Now that he’s around so many, he’s not prepared to leave and has doubts about everything else he’s been told.

However, seeing Astor interact with the other children, it’s clear he’s not ready to survive in this new world. He is too soft, passive, and caring, which would be sweet traits to have in a normal society. His kind gestures are often ignored by his peers. It doesn’t take long for him to regret his decision and he shares a touching moment when he is reunited with his sister. But it is short lived since they still have to deal with the threat of Angelica.

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One of the more intriguing aspects is learning more about the mysterious last human, Katia. Because of their condition, they felt isolated from the world in the before times and buried themselves in their work as a tailor and fashion designer. It’s a tragic tale of loneliness and identity to the point she turns to a young child in Angelica for companionship and connection. Anna introduces a theory to why Katia is able to survive but doesn’t dive too deep in the why or how.

If you’ve been paying close attention to the series so far, you might have caught it earlier in the episode but there is a connection between Katia and Angelica. They do make it more obvious later and it serves as an aha moment. Although Katia’s reintroduction is a far contrast from when we met them in the first episode with regards to their condition and treatment. It’s almost night and day and the difference is jarring and doesn’t link up well to the current narrative.

Katia and Anna are now on Angelica’s bad side and are in the same boat for a gruesome fate. The show is teasing a possible team-up between the two but if that’s the case, some of the down time spent on Anna’s recovery could have been better used building their relationship up to make the possible partnership more organic. Also, one of the final scenes of Katia shows her isolation that she hasn’t the time to grieve for someone close to her and carries on with her work. But it is gratuitous in nature revealing their condition and is included for shock value.

The fourth episode finally sheds a fascinating light on the last adult on Earth but suffers from some inconsistencies with its storytelling.

New episodes of Anna are released Thursdays on AMC+.

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Anna E 4 Review: 'The Invisible Boar'
The fourth episode finally sheds a fascinating light on the last adult on Earth but suffers from some inconsistencies with its storytelling.
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Developing the conflict between the siblings.
Finally, a look into the last adult.
The pace slows down considerably with a drawn out recovery for Anna.
Katia's state in the episode is a jarring contrast to when we first met the character.
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