Things liven up in “The Mutiny”, which is the most propulsive episode yet, even if a tidy conclusion seems increasingly unlikely.
This recap of The Stranded Season 1, Episode 5, “The Mutiny”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Choices, choices in The Stranded Episode 5, as May (Chayanit Chansangavej) and Kraam (Papangkorn Lerkchaleampote) wake up in the complicated afterglow of extracurricular physical activity. Kraam or Anan (Chutawut Phatrakampol)? Not a simple choice either way and one that will certainly have repercussions.
But that’s for later. For now, another death: Jack (Siwat Jumlongkul) has snuffed it, and May returns to find his body in Jan’s (Pamiga Sooksawee) hands. Krit (Tanapon Sukhumpantanasan) is the most torn up by the loss. Professor Lin (Sinjai Plengpanich) remains an obvious and easy source of mystery, surveying matters from afar.
It’s May’s turn to have her past explored in “The Mutiny”, which by the way is a fitting title. But the future is of more concern, with a dead student and a fast-approaching storm to contend with. And Professor Lin, obviously, who has taken to ominously chilling in the dark and insisting that things are going to go wrong if the students set sail.
Professor Lin also knows that Krit is responsible for Jack’s death, which allows some crafty manipulation to take place. It’s time for some sabotage. Krit attempts to burn the boat and is caught by Kraam, to whom he admits killing Jack and being convinced to torch their only means of escape by Professor Lin. Tortured by remorse, he doesn’t go through with it, instead confessing to Jan.
Lin, having engineered this, sets about her own nebulous mission in the jungle, teleporting away from Nahm (Chanya McClory) and Ying (Ticha Wongthipkanont) and disposing of the audio player. The path through the jungle is still marked by orange crosses sprayed by Arisa (Chaleeda Gilbert), and the ravine she’s trapped in is revisited at the end of The Stranded Season 1, Episode 5, after Jan turns everyone against Krit for killing Jack, and another crippling wave of sound besets the students.
There’s plenty going on in “The Mutiny”, and The Stranded should be appreciative of some of its bolder narrative strokes, even if concrete answers remain elusive. I’m still not sure that the show’s plot could survive much scrutiny, but increasingly I don’t believe it has been crafted for examination. As the mysteries deepen the show itself is much more propulsive, even if, with only two episodes left, there’s little chance that a satisfactory conclusion will be reached.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.