Inhuman Resources season 1, episode 6 recap – a verdict rendered

May 17, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

A decent thriller ends with Inhuman Resources Episode 6, which had the decency to provide a proper conclusion after a tense, well-paced miniseries.

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Summary

A decent thriller ends with Inhuman Resources Episode 6, which had the decency to provide a proper conclusion after a tense, well-paced miniseries.

This recap of Inhuman Resources Season 1, Episode 6 contains spoilers for the Inhuman Resources ending. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

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The weekend’s low-key binge show comes to an end with Inhuman Resources Episode 6, and it feels like a fitting enough finale for the five tightly-constructed episodes that preceded it. Beginning expectedly at Alain’s trial, Gregory takes the stand and attempts to lie under oath about his father-in-law’s nonviolent tendencies, but his attempts to sue Alain for assault give him away.

Next: Charles. Why did Alain head-butt his boss? Where did he get a gun? These are the pressing questions, obviously, and we see a fractious, nasty relationship between the opposing legal teams. Lucie’s inexperience is brought up once again; its repeated inclusion as a plot point was obviously no accident.

Lest we forget that beyond Alain’s actions, which people continue to insist were outlandish but also understandable, we have the ethics of a staged hostage situation to unpack, and an on-going corporate thriller to unravel. Of course, then, such things are brought up in the arguments for and against Alain; who has been manipulated and exploited here is of paramount importance, but to Alain’s prosecutor, do those with grievances have a right to violence? Do they have a right to hostage-taking? He thinks not. He also thinks Alain should spend the next ten years in prison.

Lucie’s inexperience comes through once again in her closing statement, which was already discussed ahead of time as one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. But she can speak to Alain’s character as a husband, a father, a man who spent 40 years working hard as a respectable member of society only to have his career, his ability to provide, wrenched away from him without warning. He spiraled, and he lost his way, but he has been a great father, a great worker, and condemning him is also to condemn the legions of aggrieved, unemployed citizens who see themselves in him.

After some deliberation, the jury returns with relatively good news. He’s not guilty on most counts, guilty on some others, but given his time already served and a three-year suspended sentence, he’s free to go. Of course, using Lucie’s inexperience was all part of Alain’s plan. In breaking down on the stand and leaning into the emotional angle, he knew she’d convince the jury. She isn’t exactly thrilled about this.

Inhuman Resources season 1, episode 6 recap - a verdict rendered

Alain wants to explain himself but doesn’t get a chance, since he and Charles are pulled up by Fontana and associates, who want the money to be transferred into a specific account and have Nicole as a hostage to ensure the transaction goes smoothly. Alain buys time, and Fontana gives him a deadline of 9am.

Inhuman Resources Episode 6 continues an on-going theme of blackmail being a particularly powerful tool, as Alain gets Cousin to divulge damning dirt on the company, subsequently telling Fontana to ask Alexandre about it. Alain believes, perhaps understandably, that he’s never going to be rid of these people, and so asks him to get his family away if anything happens to him. It doesn’t – unless you include the loss of Nicole, who overhears Alexandre eventually allowing him to keep the money and wishing him a good retirement, or Lucie, who never contacted Alain again after the trial, despite it having benefitted her career.

These details are what leave the Inhuman Resources ending open, but not in a way that feels like the audience is being short-changed. Alain won, in a sense – he has 20 million to launder, and the job that he wanted so badly, even if it’s as a volunteer for a non-profit helping young entrepreneurs. But he also lost things, and his desire to get them back makes a nice lingering thread that we can imagine being tugged on now that the show is over. It doesn’t need a second season, and had the decency to end pretty conclusively, which is more than can be said for most Netflix shows.

Throughout its six-episode run, Inhuman Resources managed to sustain tension and surprise all throughout. There were, of course, some predictable elements, but the fact that the show didn’t end on a neat and tidy happy ending is refreshing. Alain’s clever manipulation didn’t entirely work in his favor; it alienated people close to him. He lost just as much as he gained.

Strong work from Cantona helped to bring the relatively complex character of Alain to life, and his relatable anti-corporate stance made him sympathetic despite the obviously muddy ethics surrounding what he did. I suppose we all have to take some chances sometimes, though perhaps chances that don’t involve hostages are best.


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