Irma Vep Episode 2: Recap & Ending Explained
Irma Vep Episode 2 Recap & Ending Explained: Irma Vep is piling up one production blunder after another, but episode 2, in a slight way also digs into an industry’s obsession with remaking things. While most of us can’t point to an exact answer, nostalgia, and homages aside, Assayas digs into this ambiguity with a dire precision. In the latest episode, he also ponders over the fact that makers fail to update material for the contemporary audience for the sake of respecting said original content, without realizing how its dated motifs and themes may be problematic.
Irma Vep Episode 2, “The Ring That Kills” Recap:
Episode 2 opens up with Mira’s assistant entering the new hotel suit that the french production has booked for her. She is disappointed because she knows that Mira wouldn’t like it. On-call, she tells Zelda (Mira’s agent) about it, who says that Mira should leave the French production because it is leading towards eventual doom.
The agent and assistant cat-dig over the fact that Mira wasn’t happy doing things like “Doomsday” and the French show is incredibly important to her. The call ends with Zelda telling Regina (Mira’s assistant) that she should leave the decision-making to the adults and allow her to help Mira cash in on the sudden burst of female-led blockbusters before they die a slow Hollywood death.
Meanwhile, Mira is doing a makeup screen test in her Irma Vep suit. The cinematographer tests the lights on her and how she would appear on the screen. As she walks back to her green room with main production assistant Zoe (Jeanne Bailbar), who clearly has a flirtatious air about Mira; the two discuss the suite.
Mira then calls her agent Zelda, who proposes the idea of a gender-reversed Silver-surfer movie that will have Mira at the center and would earn her a but-load of money. She also warns Mira about how the Irma Vep production is not getting insurance because of the director’s past deeds and how she should pack her bags and leave immediately.
While things are shaping into bad news, director Rene visits another doctor for a second opinion. It is here that he tells the doctor that he doesn’t like people, in spite of being a director. He says that the drugs help and goes on to argue that he is not making a series but a movie. “A really long movie in 8 pieces,” he says. The doctor understands his weird attitude but still decides that he is harmless and fit to direct.
To keep her mind off things, Mira visits a nightclub accompanied by Zoe who tells her that the show is not going to get shut down yet. The two casually flirt with each other with definite chemistry brimming beneath the “its all cool” exterior. Therein, Mira confesses that she was turned on by all the media frenzy that made Laurie into a victim and her the perpetrator when the two of them broke off things. She then leaves the conversation with a feeling that she is unsure what she really wants right now and dances her heart off.
Rene is on set directing the second episode (also titled “The Ring the Kills”) and after shooting the sequence at the opera, he gets into a heated argument with Edmond who is asking for a more concrete arc for his character. Rene fumes and says that the next time Edmound asks him to have his character have more motivation, he will ‘strangle him.’
Mira, who is preparing for her entry into the series is trying to learn to be as perfect as Musidora. She feels like she is just imitating the original actress as she tries out with the choreographer. Suddenly, a sudden surge of inspiration enters her and she digs into the dance move to perfection. While on set, Edmond gets into another argument with Rene when he fails his mark and ruins the shot setup.
On the other hand, another important character enters the screen. In what would be the episode’s funniest moment, a subplot involving the arrival of Gottfried (played by Lars Edinger) happens. He is a German stage actor who feels like just another cog in the wheel for the doomed production. The actor has a crack addiction and he makes an unusual request to set supervisor of getting him some or else he would jump out of a window and not do his part in the series.
The tabloids have leaked pictures of Mira and her assistant Regina out shopping, and Zoe tells her about it just before she is about to get to do her very first scene. Mira has a few issues with the script that doesn’t necessarily make things clear as the motive behind some actions that feel dated. Rene is clearly out of it but doesn’t argue with Mira like he does with Edmond and just listens and avoids her queries.
Rene visits his therapist where it is revealed that he has a fetish for catsuits and choosing Irma Vep might just be his way of reliving this fantasy of his. His therapist offers to talk about it more in their subsequent meetings.
Irma Vep Episode 2, “The Ring That Kills” Ending Explained:
The ending of the episode involves the shooting of the most important sequence from Episode 2 of the original series. The scene involves Irma Vep, who is now a maid in Edmond’s house, drugging him before he goes to sleep. The idea is to steal the red notebook that Edmond possesses. A book that has all the secrets of the vampires in it.
Before the final images could be captured, Mira has a few queries that doesn’t allow the sequence to make sense. Firstly, the involvement of Edmond’s mother who was no more going to be a part of the show is questioned, then she finds it odd that these intelligent vampires would write all their secrets in a notebook, and finally, when the scene is to be captured, Rene finds that she is not being too real with her performance.
Another take is done, where Irma Vep in the show escapes the bullets fired by Edmond and runs away through the window to the roof as a beautiful shot of the city is captured.
The episode ends with a coming soon sign of the next episode titled “Dead Man’s Escape.”