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‘Killing Eve’ season 4 episode 3 review: Noticeable progress derailed by betrayal

On Killing Eve, we learn change isn’t always comfortable.

On this week’s Killing Eve, Villanelle pursues another outlet to asses her ability to be a better person after her failed experiment in religion. She turns to Eve for a little support but the former MI analyst is too caught up in her investigation into the Twelve to help. “A Rainbow in Beige Boots” continues the march to the end of this final season.

There’s a very fascinating exploration of our favorite assassin as she seeks treatment from Martin. There is a sense she is on the correct path after some prodding from the psychiatrist. Although there is a level of ambiguity since Martin’s assessments are under duress and he could only be saying what she wants to hear.

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He even asks some challenging questions that long time watchers of Killing Eve want answered as well, such as why Villanelle never killed her obsession. She gives a very poetic answer that refers to the title and how Eve represents both types of people she considers in this world. It represents a moment of vulnerability with her true feelings but only if she could show more of this side of herself to Eve when she comes to Martin’s rescue.

The perceived breakthrough only makes what happens next so disappointing. As the two discuss the fable of “The Scorpion and the Frog,” we’re left to contemplate which character is which. But it’s all a diversionary tactic as the titular character brings in the cavalry to arrest the assassin.

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The actions could be a revolutionary step in demonstrating that Eve has moved on from Villanelle. The dynamic has shifted between the two leads earlier with the Eve pulling a power move of undressing in front of the other without a care. Her drawing upon her own experiences to connect with one of Hélène’s jilted lovers also puts her and Villanelle’s relationship in perspective beforehand. It’s a time she can be finally honest to herself. We’ll still have to see if this most recent betrayal will eventually sink the pair once more.

There are some other intriguing developments on this episode of Killing Eve. Part of what helps Eve move on from Villanelle is that she has a new obsession: Hélène. It’s another example of her work becoming too personal and her belief that she has the upper hand with such a dangerous person. In addition, her and Carolyn’s separate investigation into the Twelve will be overlapping soon and it will be curious to see how former mentor and mentee will work together, if any, especially with this more uncompromising Eve.

Speaking of protegee and apprentice relationships, Konstantin receives a new recruit in Pam. He’s been absent for most of the season and it will be good to have him back into the fold. Particularly when Pam mirrors Villanelle so much as an overeager wildcard with a toxic family. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to give Pam more depth. Also, will Konstantin take what he learned the first go round with this latest trainee?

After last week’s events, “A Rainbow in Beige Boots” provides a better, more sincere example of Villanelle’s deep emotional journey towards good but jeopardizes the progress with a cutting betrayal.

New episodes of Killing Eve are released Sundays on BBC America.

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Killing Eve S 4 E 3 Review: 'A Rainbow in Beige Boots'
After last week’s events, “A Rainbow in Beige Boots” provides a better, more sincere example of Villanelle’s deep emotional journey towards good but jeopardizes the progress with a cutting betrayal.
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The dive into Villanelle's psyche with Martin asking all the right questions.
Eve's stronger will and her ability to seemingly free herself from Villanelle's influence...
However, part of the fun is keeping the two together.
Although there is potential to take Pam into interesting directions, there isn't a lot of depth with her right now.
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