You can sort of see us (mainly Phil) hitting the structural limits of our quest to make Best more likable here. He’s capable of sympathizing with the victims of Gastonia’s racism and hypercapitalism… up to a point.

But the belief in “destiny,” so fundamental to his self-worth, is also really useful when you want to soothe away uncomfortable questions. “Don’t worry about the poor, honey! God will provide for them. Or at least for those who are willing to help themselves.”

Had I kicked off this adventure of Best’s, I might’ve tried pitting him against some combination of the races. Phil’s choice to focus on the land sharks instead would pay off considerably.