“Conjunctio” once again prioritized character over plot, delivering some poignant scenes — as well as a fair helping of Lodge 49‘s potent oddness.
This recap of Lodge 49 Season 2, Episode 4, “Conjunctio”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Almost everyone in Lodge 49 is attached, in some way, to the past; longing for the days before lost loved ones or failed marriages or ill health or injuries inflicted by sea life. It’s why they are all so susceptible to nostalgia, but also promises of a better future. It’s why Dud (Wyatt Russell) is so fixated on a trip to Mexico, why Connie (Linda Emond) is so open to the secrets of the True Lodge, and why Liz (Sonya Cassidy) is so fascinated by what Lenore (Bertila Damas) might reveal about a side of her father she never knew.
“Conjunctio” is all about the past colliding with the present in odd ways, and the future being halted or altered by new realities that arrive on the fly, without painted prognostications to give them away. Old friends reappear and offer new lives, people return from and to faraway places. By episode’s end, Connie has returned to Ernie (Brent Jennings), Jocelyn (Adam Godley) has returned to rainy England, and El Confidente (Cheech Marin) has returned to Mexico with Daphne (Mary Elizabeth Ellis). No matter how much you might believe you have things figured out, you never quite know what’s going to happen next.
This can be said about life, but also about Lodge 49. And that’s why it’s such a great, truthful show; it’s the old mantra of “life goes on” as narrative structure, with well-written, constantly-evolving characters being swept along in the tumult of lives they’re resigned to never being able to control. “Conjunctio” contains several scenes — shared between Liz and Dud, Dud and Ernie, and so on — that are poignant and honest more than funny or dramatically vital. At its best, this show cracks a window into real lives playing out against an outlandish backdrop of seaside slapstick and fabled alchemical mysteries. It has never been about those things, really; it’s about how those things introduce these people to themselves.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.