'The Little Drummer Girl': Things begin to fall into place as the show picks up pace with Episode 4

Director Park Chan-wook's deliberate slow pace for his adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel 'The Little Drummer Girl' had initially led to a major drop in the show's viewership


                            'The Little Drummer Girl': Things begin to fall into place as the show picks up pace with Episode 4

Fans have been complaining about the complex nature of director Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel 'The Little Drummer Girl' and it has led to a major drop in the show's viewership. However, it is about time that fans can truly buckle up since the spy espionage is about to get even more intriguing. The slow-burning pace seems to have paid off and, with the upcoming fourth episode, the story is set to take a different route and move at a faster pace. 

Episode 3 saw Charlie (played by Florence Pugh) debuting as the perfect heroine in the theatre of the real as she successful drove Michel's (played by Amir Khoury) car right across the borders of Yugoslavia and Austria. Her quest helped the Mossad agents bring down one more member of the terrorist organization which has been creating massacres across Europe with their indiscriminate bombing.

However, it also meant that Charlie is now part of something much bigger than herself, and she cannot begin to fathom the things that are about to happen to her. After the slow-paced third episode, the show is set to take a ride through the storm as Charlie finds herself the center of attraction for both the authorities and the terrorists.



 

Charlie's journey across the borders had established her as the right fit for the role, and Mossad agent, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon), opens up to her by bringing in Michel and revealing the actual script. In the upcoming episode, the story will chiefly focus on the next steps which Kurtz is sure will lead them to the main terror organization. As the show returns on Sunday at 9 pm, here are the five things that you need to know:

1. Charlie is alive, but for how long?

Charlie's skill in lying and her charm as an actress have managed to help her escape through the narrowest corners. She has managed to lie her way into auditions, manipulated people in making them believe that she truly cared about war, but most of all Charlie's expertise in putting herself in the shoes of another to completely become that person has been an advantage for her. She is everything that Kurtz wanted, and being a very intrigued person, she is not someone who will run away from the mission. However, Kurtz is already pushing the boundaries with every episode, and by the fourth episode, Charlie will probably reach a place from where returning will be impossible.

Episode 4 will see Charlie take up her most challenging job. (IMDb)
Episode 4 will see Charlie take up her most challenging job. (IMDb)

2. Of steps and traps

Kurtz was always very clear of what he wanted out of Charlie, and he utilized Charlie's unfocused rage in bringing out the best in her. Kurtz has been using Charlie as a pawn all along, as his chief intention is to bring down the notorious terrorist, Khalil, who acted as a figurehead for the Palestinians. Kurtz knew that in order to bring down Khalil he would have to set a trap and to pull the prey to the trap, he needed a bait. Charlie served as the perfect bait, and with the upcoming episode, all the work that she has put in as an actress will serve as her biggest strength. The steps taken by Charlie will soon lure the rest of the pack straight into Kurtz's trap. 

Kurtz has carefully laid out the trap for the terrorists. (IMDb)
Kurtz has carefully laid out the trap for the terrorists. (IMDb)

3. Doubting the cause

Charlie's unfocused rage only required some boiling, and Kurtz knew that she wasn't a girl looking for a direction. She could walk in any way if she had to, but for that, she needed to be convinced. Since her arrival at Kurtz's hideout, Charlie has been cynical about everything that he has been saying but she never questioned him head-on. It was all implied for her, and she would mostly avoid doubting him as she pretty much liked the part that given to her.

However, following the events of the third episode, Charlie has started doubting if whatever she was doing was actually worth all the trouble. She has always been vocal about her pretentious ideas, but with something so real on her plate, she is left wondering if she is actually on the right track. 



 

4. What is ethical?

One of the best things about the show is that none of the characters are single-shaded. No one can be termed as good or bad, and that has made the characters extremely relatable. Even Charlie, who has been voicing out her little knowledge of the Israel-Palestinian conflict with perfect articulation, seems to have been finally struck by the fact that ethics are no more at work. In spite of being hired by Mossad, and being assured time and again that what she was doing could save thousands of lives, Charlie is also struck with the dilemma if whatever was happening is ethical? Clearly, it is not. It involves murder, betrayal, and lies, and Charlie is unable to understand whose murder is wrong and whose betrayal is justified. 

What is right and what is wrong, that is the dubious nature of the show. (IMDb)
What is right and what is wrong, that is the dubious nature of the show. (IMDb)

5. Where does Charlie belong?

Episode 4 will put Charlie in the center of a trap and, as a bait, she does not have much choice of escaping. Charlie does not belong to Mossad, neither is she Michel's true lover. So which is her true place? Clearly, she was not satisfied with her ordinary life as an actress, either, and would weave out fictional tales to make her life sound more interesting. The moment she was recruited by Mossad, she began to take it seriously as, finally, something interesting was happening to her. However, by the third episode, Charlie has already realized that she is nothing more than a pawn.



 

Viewers might have been complaining about the complex nature of the show but it is this very complexity which serves as the true grit of the show. As none of the characters are single-layered, it is hard to fathom their next move without expecting that it will certainly not go the easier way. 'The Little Drummer Girl' returns on Sunday with the fourth episode at 9 pm on BBC One.