I felt almost as conflicted as Teresa as I watched Queen of the South Season 1 Episode 6, but where as Teresa struggled with who she was becoming, I was conflicted over where this show is headed.
We’ve heard about this war that’s on the horizon between Epifanio and Camila, but with the series’ sixth installment, I still felt as though that battle was on the periphery.
Yes, Epifanio was messing with Camila’s drug shipments, but I expected a bad ass like Camila to expect that and have a plan in place to handle it, and so far, that hasn’t been the case.
As strong as Camila once appeared, she’s floundering, as is my interest in this plot.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters, especially the three women, but it feels as though the storyline isn’t moving forward.
Even the DEA intercepting the Columbian drug shipment in a shootout didn’t pack the punch I had hoped because I never doubted that Teresa and James would escape.
Perhaps it would have been better we didn't know the DEA were coming and that entire scene would have been more of a shock.
What I enjoy about the show is the details…like James choosing a minivan with a stuffed bear in the backseat as cover so that the police wouldn’t look twice at them.
Teresa’s beat up Honda with the duct tape holding the windshield together makes me wonder if that type of thing is common in Texas, because where I live that vehicle would be pulled over and ticketed in every other town.
I find Teresa’s future self interesting but with already six of the ten episodes behind us, it feels as though she’s getting there at a snails pace.
Teresa told James in this Queen of the South quote…
Teresa: You sat by and let that man be murdered. That's not who I am. That's not who I want to become.
James: Too late.
Is it too late? We know from the Queen of the South Season 1 Episode 1 that she ends up running her own drug empire. We also know she winds up dead. Knowing both of those things ahead of time takes away some of the suspense.
The character I felt the worst for was poor Tony. The kid lost his father and his home. His mother is now a drug dealer who tells him to take the bus in a foreign country where he knows no one. He had every right to be upset.
Brenda telling him to bury his feelings made me ill. She can only deal with survival right now. She can’t even deal with her own feelings, never mind his.
What I hated the most about this hour was that Epifanio and Cesar were taking great pleasure in trying to teach Camila a lesson and put her back in her place. I want to see her push back hard and make them pay.
Will Camila sell out Teresa to pay off her debt? I hope not.
Will Teresa get to that journal? She’ll need help. Will it be from the priest, James, or Camila?
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.