Saturday, January 26, 2013

What I’m Watching: Enlightened

Enlightened: Season 2, Episode 2 “Revenge Play” (A-)

I’ve always liked the music on this show, and in this episode, it really astounded me. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh has delivered a score much that like of one of 2012’s best films, “Moonrise Kingdom,” one that drives forward the action and gives it a completely enhanced feel. This show, in many ways, is a comedy, but you would never know that from anything in this episode, especially not the haunting music that dominates this half-hour. What’s most unsettling about everything is Tyler’s sudden change in attitude, going from a sheepish, non-committal participant in Amy’s big plan to bring down the company to a grinning mastermind impressed with himself for figuring out a way to kill two birds with one stone. Even Dougie seems thrown off by Omar being fired, and given how quickly the appropriate people came down to the basement to investigate the hack, Tyler and Amy are going to have to figure out another way to execute their whistle-blowing operation. I was very nervous about what was going to happen with Krista, namely that Amy was going to do something to reignite that awful relationship. Fortunately, Krista seemed appreciative of the pillow generously offered up by Amy’s mother, and, rather politely, just told her that she didn’t want to rehash anything that might stress her out. Krista’s trip to the hospital is an eerie reminder that even those things that seem harmless and safe, like her pregnancy, aren’t, and that Amy’s takedown of Cogentiva is going to inflict some collateral damage, starting with Omar’s departure.

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