Dom season 1, episode 1 recap – “Kids Don’t Come With Instructions” the sins of the father

June 4, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Kids Don’t Come With Instructions” is an intriguing start to Amazon’s new crime drama.

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3.5

Summary

“Kids Don’t Come With Instructions” is an intriguing start to Amazon’s new crime drama.

This recap of Dom season 1, episode 1, “Kids Don’t Come With Instructions”, contains spoilers.


“Kids Don’t Come With Instructions” is as accurate an episode title as there has ever been, but I must confess that Pedro Dom, who is introduced snorting lines off of a girl’s chest in the pulsating Rio de Janeiro of 1999, makes my own kids look a lot more reasonable. You can immediately relate to his father, Victor Dantas, who eventually finds him, takes him home, and handcuffs him to the bed. It’s time to go cold turkey.

Nobody becomes an addict by accident. What one is addicted to doesn’t matter – drugs, alcohol, sex, burgers; these things aren’t the problem, but the perceived solution. Life itself is the problem, always, and so Dom cycles back in time to the Rio of 1970, in the staunch grip of military dictatorship. The dead body of Captain Magalhaes is discovered by a young Victor while he’s out diving, which brings him into conflict with her father, Paulo, who doesn’t want him to be a diver, and introduces him to a Colonel who enlists him to carry out underwater recon work.

Victor’s first assignment in Dom episode 1 is to intercept a nighttime shipment of cocaine, with an undercover Interpol agent named Paloma functioning as his contact. This early bit of action and tension helps to set the stakes as we travel back to the present day and learn that Victor, despite being out of the game, more or less, is still on the Colonel’s Christmas card list. Officers have been captured, drugs are being smuggled from Colombia, and Victor is the man for the job. But will his personal life allow for this? When he returns home, Pedro is missing, having sold his laptop to score drugs, and “Kids Don’t Come with Instructions” finds him getting into trouble in the favela. The wrong girl, a fight, and a gunshot close out Dom season 1, episode 1 with a literal bang, and Amazon’s new Brazilian crime drama gets off to an intriguing start.

There’s a fair bit to like here; the dual timelines, the frank depiction of spiralling mental health and drug addiction, the shady activities that can spring up within the confines of an authoritarian government, and so on, and so forth. It’ll be interesting to see where things go.

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