'Snowfall' Season 5 Episode 4 Review: Family matters in focus with Cissy's arrival
A look at 'Snowfall's previous seasons shows why the series moves from thrilling to explosive and back. It's not all bada bing bada boom, but the sheer thrill it generates from those plot twists makes for a brilliant watch. With storylines like these, it's no surprise that it's FX's most-watched show this year so far. Cissy's (Michael Hyatt) return to her home in Los Angeles is the central focus of the episode, but she's here with a plan. With Alton's death still a mystery, or at least that's the way it plays, she's got her own plans to kill Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson).
There's also another plotline that sees Leon Simmons (Isaiah John) who now nurses major revenge against the cops for siccing the black people with dogs. It all starts when he and Uncle Jerome (Amin Joseph) target a young Turk who makes rap songs based on real-life events and one of them is him naming Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) and the gang's connection to murders. Their meeting to ask the kid to back off was interrupted by a raid from CRASH and although they do eventually get released, Buckley makes the raid and also some enemies considering his straining relationship with Aunt Louie.
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One of the themes this season in 'Snowfall' was about how the ground beneath the Saints' was cracking. While they have all the money in the world and churning out business like smooth butter, what they do have is the secret wish of having it all for themselves. Leon is now somewhat of a crusader for his community and although he does listen to Cissy in the end about how violence isn't the path, chances are he'll resort to revenge. Will he pay the price? That's for another day.
Franklin and Veronique take a rather surprising backseat. Their screentime and presence are limited to figuring out the future, but at no point does it look like Franklin's distracted with all that's going on. His meeting with Teddy ends sourly again, but what's clear is how he's downplaying the danger and havoc that Teddy can wreak. At this point, 'Snowfall' holds steady as a solid gangster drama although the family calls themselves drug dealers. Ideally, the only outcome of a profession of this sort is death, but these are the Saints, they'll give the soul collector a run for his money.
'Snowfall' Season 5 airs Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on FX.