Originally Posted by Zookster
I also thought Ray seemed a bit too cold and unfeeling throughout the process. More angry about the memories his childhood home brought up than anything. I know that's his way: he has to be cut off to a certain degree from his feelings to do what he does. But I thought the point of showing his brother dying the way he did, at Ray's hands, would be to show a more emotional side of Ray.
I have been a proponent of Assisted Suicide for many, many years .. in fact, in a worst case scenario, I would travel, if possible, to an area that allowed it .. I'd like to go out under my own terms if faced with an illness of any sort that would end up gradually debilitating me to the point of full on care .. and, I would like it to be more of a celebration of life rather than a downer ..
In the case of Ray and his brother, I would speculate that this is something they had talked about and planned for a time .. there was a very obvious love between them over any and all scenes they shared, IMO .. they said their final good-byes and that was that .. and, although it was not a tear jerk ending, I felt it was quite poignant and fitting .. they had made their peace ..
The mention during that scene of during their childhood of "I spent 2 days in the hole over that" and then Ray subsequently really dousing that small closet with gas, told the tale in as few words as humanly possible .. that's why I like the short time format .. the Writers really need to convey all they can in as short a time as possible .. no fat, no filler, IOW ..
I'll add that Ray is a practical person .. when he found the small shovel at the hardware store, he was impressed by how sharp it was .. he later went on to use the shovel against the Child Abductor Crew and then also used it to dig up the bag of money ..
"Mr InBetween", for me anyway, is a real breath of fresh air in the TV landscape ..