Invisible City season 1, episode 5 recap – “You Will Not Believe Me”

February 5, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“You Will Not Believe Me” sets up the final two episodes with more revelations, as Eric finds himself delving deeper into the fantastical at the expense of his relationships.

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3.5

Summary

“You Will Not Believe Me” sets up the final two episodes with more revelations, as Eric finds himself delving deeper into the fantastical at the expense of his relationships.

This recap of Invisible City season 1, episode 5, “You Will Not Believe Me”, contains spoilers.


I watch so much film and TV that I’ve often imagined myself as the protagonist in a fantasy thriller very much like Invisible City, but it’s not in the way you might think. It isn’t a power thing. I don’t imagine myself being the hero, saving the day. Instead, obviously because I’m weird, I imagine myself very much like Eric in “You Will Not Believe Me”, having dived head-first into some ridiculous folkloric nonsense and nobody I love or trust believing a word I’m saying. The episode’s title is no accident. Ivo and Marcia both think Eric’s nuts, his obviously suspicious behavior has caught up with him.

I mean, you try telling your friends that a dolphin you found was really your dad.

It’s enough to make you go crazy for real, and in Invisible City episode 5, Eric thinks he might be heading that way, determined to protect Luna from whatever inexorable descent he’s on, putting a necklace around her neck given to him by Gabi.

The one person who does believe him is Camila since she’s as entangled in it all as he is, but the exact circumstances surrounding what Eric has been up to – especially on the night Manaus was killed – remain mysterious, even after Camila uses her powers of coercion to reveal that Eric grabbed a man in a hat and dragged him to the water.

Meanwhile in “You Will Not Believe Me”, Marcia, evidently not ready to give up on her partner, conducts her own investigation, first going to check out Manaus’s body and finding it missing, then heading to Inês’s bar, eventually making her way down to the basement where she finds a white-eyed Tutu on the table and Inês herself in the gloom, singing her into recollections of her past, long-held secrets and personal traumas, including being shunned by her own family. This helps to flesh out Marcia a little, just as it seemed like she was getting sidelined.

We also get an identity on the much-talked-about Curupira, Iberê, and more on Luna’s potential as a vessel of some untapped power. She also seems to be housing the curse, her necklace causing a great deal of screaming discomfort, though it isn’t entirely clear either how this came to be in the first place or where the show is going to go in the next two episodes. Given Netflix’s usual penchant for not ending its shows and begging for continuations, there’s a strong possibility here that we won’t actually get a satisfactory ending. But we’ll see.

Either way, Invisible City season 1, episode 5 sets up an intriguing climax.

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