If these last two seasons are to be Tommy's redemption, then he's got a long road ahead of him. He didn't reach this level of despair and misery overnight, and he's not going to get out of it right away either. There's no guarantee that he will, but the tone of 'Rescue Me' has always reminded me of a modern-day Shakespearean comedy, which means everything will mostly work out alright in the end.
It's just going to be a hell of a ride getting there. Especially if Mickey is behind the wheel, but now I'm getting ahead of myself.
If you were expecting things to pick up right where they left off, with Tommy bleeding out on the floor of the guys' bar while everyone else was held hostage by Teddy at gunpoint, you were probably a little surprised that we jumped ahead a bit. We eventually found out what happened after the cameras quit rolling last season, but we pretty quickly moved into this new reality post-shooting.
Of course Tommy survived; we wouldn't have much of a show if he didn't. What followed, though, was an hour-long exploration of where Tommy finds himself because of the decisions he's made. We checked in with virtually every important person in Tommy's life, and in every case I found myself wondering if this was reality, or if this was Tommy's exploration of his own personal hell.
Then I realized that it could go either way. The idea that Tommy's real life could be interchanged with his eternity in a private hell is very telling about the path he finds himself on.
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