Boss Season 2 , Episode 3: “Ablution” has Kane choosing whose villain he wants to be
Boss Season 2, Episode 3: “Ablution”
Written by Angelina Burnett
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Airs Fridays at 9pm (ET) on Starz
Having ironed out some of its stylistic creases already this season, Boss returns, thematically focused and strong, this week, and the moves “Ablution” makes serve its equally focused title well.
Spring is here and it’s time for Kane to wash the snow away. Kitty purges herself of her past associations, accepting a fresh start with Walsh, who offers her a situation not of hierarchy but parity. (There might be further meaning in the origins of that word – the condition of having given birth; parenthood. It’s a detail worth tracking, especially considering how static Kitty’s character has become since the termination.)
But there are obviously far too many stains on Kane’s past for them to be washed away without causing more hurt or bloodshed. He has discovered, however, another way forward, and it’s informed by the threat of personal loss and a sense of mortality (the sight of blood preoccupies him). Perhaps Dr. Ella Harris actually didn’t know who she was dealing with when she attempted at the season’s outset to convince Kane that his best days are behind him. While his past may be beyond repair, he can repairthe present, and therefore his legacy. “It’s what you leave behind,” as he muttered to himself in the season premiere.