Sky Rojo season 1, episode 2 recap – “Alternate Reality” any port in a storm

March 19, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

The girls find temporary shelter in “Alternate Reality”, but their pursuers are never far behind.

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3.5

Summary

The girls find temporary shelter in “Alternate Reality”, but their pursuers are never far behind.

This recap of Sky Rojo season 1, episode 2, “Alternate Reality”, contains spoilers.


Sky Rojo episode 2 opens by reinforcing a message that the premiere also trafficked in — that being a hooker is absolutely miserable. In a flashback, Romeo’s pride over the place opening stands in stark contrast to the terror the girls who work there have to experience, especially since most, including Gina, were conned into doing so on the promise of respectable waitressing careers.

Speaking of Gina, Alfredo says her operation went about as well as can be expected, but they’ll need to bring her back the next day so he can check on her, which seems unlikely to happen. The girls need to stay on the move, since “Alternate Reality” makes it clear that their absence has not gone unnoticed. Moises and Christian line up the remaining girls back at the brothel and threaten to cut their nipples off unless they reveal what they know. Of course, we know that what happened was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but that doesn’t stop the petrified women from throwing Gina’s friend Bambi under the bus. The goons take her upstairs and cram her into a box with limited oxygen, presumably in the hopes she’ll be compelled to spill what she knows. Since she doesn’t know anything, well… no such luck.

Looking for a place to stay, Coral, Wendy, and Gina break into a furniture store with clean beds and duvets — probably the best sleeping arrangements they’ve enjoyed in months. That night Coral takes the car and goes to get supplies and clean the car down, but she’s stunned to receive a call from Romeo, who apparently survived. And, needless to say, he’s not thrilled about his current predicament.

Sky Rojo episode 2 delivers a heartbreaking scene when Gina calls her mother to warn her that she could be in danger. As it turns out, her mother already knew she was being exploited and has been taking a cut of the profit; it’s a crushing moment for Gina and a stark reminder of how underground industries like sex trafficking and prostitution are able to flourish.

The girls are totally unaware that Romeo is able to track them through an app on his phone — he tasks Moises and Christian with bringing them to him unharmed — so they take their time enjoying breakfast until they’re interrupted by the store security guard. In an overtly comedic sequence, they tussle with him and take him captive after accidentally killing and then reviving him. Sooner than expected they’re back on the road, which is just as well, since Moises and Christian are right behind. When they finish burying Bambi in the desert and arguing about their handicapped mother, they set out to follow the bus that the girls have jumped on in the hopes of finding someone Gina thinks can help them. Sky Rojo season 1, episode 2 makes it seem unlikely that help is around the corner, though.

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