The police get closer to the real culprit in “Relay Race”, but the show gets no closer to quality as we enter the back half of the season.
This recap of Amazon Original series Breathe: Into The Shadows episode 7, “Relay Race” contains spoilers.
The power of the media is in full effect in Breathe: Into the Shadows episode 7, as news of Natasha’s death begins to spread like wildfire and Kabir himself, after being absolved of his guilt by Meghna, finds himself watching it reported second-hand. It isn’t long until he’s given leadership of the case, as the police, now with even more to go on, including Abha’s dopey video, turn their investigation towards the motel.
There in “Relay Race”, they find Abha’s lip balm, which tips off a present Avinash to their closing in on his wife’s involvement – I suppose you could consider his gamble to be paying off here, though of course, the sheer visibility of what’s happening would have probably ensured all of this getting out anyway. No matter. Either way, Avinash gives Abha a right old telling off for her idiocy, before revealing that someone else got to Natasha before he could – he’s unaware, of course, that the someone else is really him, or at least a version of him.
Whenever any form of media does this kind of thing, it’s always important that there’s a way to distinguish between the two personalities – works with twins, too! – and in this case, it’s a limp. As Kabir and co. go over the scene of Natasha’s death they realize that the man pushing the car wasn’t so hot on one leg.
Breathe: Into the Shadows episode 7 also makes some other matters clear; we begin to see the channeling of J’s obsession, as well as learn why Pritpal made Avi’s hit list (he ran over his dog). Of course, we can already associate Natasha with the whole slapping oneself in the face incident. J’s keeping a running tally of personal grievances and taking over in order to avenge them. What’s odd, though, is that it seems J, historically Avi’s protector, is working against him.
I have no idea why these two are at odds, and at this point, I’m not entirely sure the show does either – “Relay Race” doesn’t really suggest so. As Avinash gets a new target in the form of one Angad Pandit, we’re moving forward with a decent amount of pace, but still an unfortunate dearth of logic and common sense.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.