Although the review for last week’s Monsoon House was posted earlier this week I thought today I would post a brief update on the progression of the storyline.
Russell Page’s father, Kesh, continues to deal with his drama with the Muslim community. In the last episode he had Russell write a cheque for $50,000 to give to an Islamic charity to appease the angry Muslim community. (Read last post for background). This week we discover that he gave the cheque to his foe, B.P. Patel, who was the one to give Kesh the advice of donating the “appeasing” money in the first place. Patel is then to pass it along to an Islamic charity. When told by Kesh of his donation Russell points out that Patel is not a Muslim. Kesh brushes it off and says that giving a donation was B.P.’s idea. Russell aptly implies that no Muslims were involved in trying to resolve the situation. Perhaps, to the non-Muslim ear this may not have seemed significant, but I sensed a certain recognition of the problem associated with resolving issues regarding Muslims, or any minority group, without actually involving Muslims or minority group members.
As with last week’s show, Kesh and Milton’s fear of the Muslim community continues to be ridiculed by Russell. Kesh’s paranoia regarding the Muslim community is painted as the delusions of a highly stressed and inept man, including Kesh’s speculation that Milton has been beheaded based on the evidence of finding Milton’s shoe – a shoe with a little blood on the inside, which Russell points out probably came from stubbing a toe or a blister.
However, there is now a new twist in the plot. Before today’s show concluded, we find out that CSIS has discovered a possible terrorist plot in Canada involving a group of 30-some Muslim men ranging in age from teenagers to men in their 80’s. An event similar to the real-life Toronto 18 (which is now the Toronto 11) seems to being playing out on Monsoon House. Of course, the idea that men in their 80’s could be involved in such works hints at a possible ridiculousness this story line may take on.
And then to add to this craziness, we find out that the $50,000 cheque Russell wrote and Kesh gave to B.P. actually did not go to any Islamic charity, but rather a money laundering operation in Pakistan that funds Bollywood films and such. However, somehow this cheque and the money laundering operation has been colluded with the supposed terrorist plot and now Russell has become a “person of interest” to the authorities.
To be perfectly honest, I am very curious how this particular storyline will play out. I see a great opportunity to really critique the hysteria and frenzy often created over Muslims in Canada and I do hope that both this and the irritation of the Muslim community function as critical analyses of this culture of fear.
If you’re interested, tune in Wednesdays at 11:00pm local time (11:30pm NT) or Thursdays at 11:30am local time (12:00pm NT) on CBC Radio One.