Irma Vep Episode 3: Recap & Ending Explained
Irma Vep Episode 3 Recap & Ending Explained: After the slightly deviating episode, Irma Vep gets back right on track with its criticism of the film industry. The most important aspect that this episode explores, which also happens to be its more literal and self-referential bit is handled with such tender kindness by Assayas that you can’t help but appreciate it.
Irma Vep Episode 3, “Dead Man’s Escape” Recap:
The episode kicks off with Mira and Zoe driving around the streets to drop Mira off at The Royal Trux show. Before doing that, Zoe calls Gottfried to give him the crack she has scored. Gottfried who is at a party with the crew gets her the address and Mira insists that she joins this said party to meet Gottfried who she had previously worked with on a Zombie movie.
There, Edmond, Zoe, Mira, Jeremie, and Regina discuss movies, and serial and how all have them have now confronted a more regressive, algorithm-driven track of ‘content.’ One of the more interesting things that come up in the discussion is how shows are merely movies stretched out to fill up empty spaces. Edmond reiterates that doing this is the opposite of creating art itself. Mira agrees and adds that the industry is too aware of what the audience wants and has now been just churning out things instead of experimenting with the medium.
The party ends with Mira leaving at dawn for what is possible an early morning shoot. The others at the party can’t find Gottfried, who is passed out somewhere in the bushes and just wakes up puking everywhere.
The meta nature of the show follows us later when Rene visits his therapist. The self-deprecation that Assays dropped at the party, follows him here where he gets into semi-autobiographical mode. He confesses to his therapist that he first made Irma Vep as a low-budget indie film where he casted an actress named “Jade Lee.” The conversation is closely cut with images of his own original movie starring his then-wife Maggie Cheug.
In one of the most memorable and tender moments in the entire show, Rene tells the therapist that he was madly in love with her and then it just faded. We can see clearly that the relationship had a deep impact on him; which is why he took a long time to do the show.
As far as production fuck-ups are concerned, Mira has to finally face the wrath of Rene getting irritated by her. Since she was out partying till dawn, she was escorted directly to the set with no sleep to be had. So, when Rene is out there giving her his usual confusing instruction about how her character moves in the latest episode, her attention keeps drifting off.
Gottfried, on the other hand, is seen inhibiting his villainous turn in no time. Despite just coming up from his hangover-plus-crack high, he is in perfect unison with Rene’s vision of how the negative character should be. On break, and after his screen-test, he is visited by a few freelance journalists where we get a taste of Gottfried’s more regressive but blatantly honest point-of-views about things.
Regina and Mira discuss Gottfried and that one time they shot together for a zombie movie. Even though Mira doesn’t agree that it was a good film, Regina counters her by saying that it was a campy movie but had a strong political statement to make about alienation. Mira disagrees as they reach their hotel room where Regina eyes Mira getting naked and taking a bath.
Both of them later meet Gottfried at the hotel bar where we get to know more about Mira’s love life. As Gottfried enquires about Eamonn (Mira’s ex-boyfriend), we get to know that he is in town shooting for a film. We also get to know that Mira is this kind of confused and lost soul who was played by Laurie. Laurie claimed that Mira was abusive, but if Gottfried is to be believed, Laurie played with Mira until she got exactly what she wanted out of her.
The next day after her shoot of the 3rd episode of Irma Vep, Mira visits Eamonn’s movie set. He is in the city doing a shoot for a big-budget sci-fi movie that he calls Blade Runner without the elements that make Blade Runner such a classic. The two of them sit down and talk about their lives where we get to know that Eamonn is dating a musician who he is planning to have a child with.
Listening to this alarms Mira for a bit because it was one of the reasons why she decided to leave him for Laurie. Their shared history is clearly visible by the way director Assays shows us their chemistry and why in spite of everything being perfect, they couldn’t make it work. Eamonn gives her a boost with her weird, insecure thought and they leave each other with their lives with a ‘miss you.’
Irma Vep Episode 3, “Dead Man’s Escape” Ending Explained:
In one of the key sequences of “Dead Man’s Escape” in the show that is being filmed inside the series, Edmond is to be thrown down a heap of stairs in a big box. Clara, the set assistant is not too sure about it as it might be a little too dangerous throwing a key character actor down the stairs, but Rene is insistent.
He even asks to throw him down from a higher ground so that the shot is captured in the spirit of what he wants. So, in spite of all the warnings, the shot is taken. Edmond, who is inside the box comes out and can be seen in distress. He definitely has a concussion of sorts as he stumbles and falls multiple times before the episode draws to a close.
However, instead of panning away from the scene to the city’s landscape; this episode takes a surprising turn and the final shot pans away to the clouds as we can see a storm approaching. A faded image of Mira’s headshot in the Irma Vep costume is seen before the next episode’s title appears with the usual ‘Coming soon.’