Thursday, October 10, 2013

Round Two: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 1, Episode 2 “Race to Space” (B+)

At the start of this episode, I was thinking that this show was, ironically, a bit sterile. But by hour’s end, my feelings had changed considerably, mostly due to the surprisingly rich portrayal of women on this show. The most stirring character in my mind is Libby, who reacted angrily to the news of Bill’s arrest at the brothel and his extremely blunt explanation of his work, and then seemed amused about it when he came home the next night. Offering to let him watch if that was something he enjoyed in order to make their sex life interesting was brave, and it’s too bad that he doesn’t want to be bothered with making his wife happy rather than just pregnant. Virginia is proving to be strong-willed as well, saying what she means and figuring out a smart plan to both keep her job by dispelling the other candidates and then choosing the best one to be her nanny. Betty is also full of creativity, bargaining with Bill for a job at the hospital in exchange for using the brothel as a study site, and then asking him to untie her tubes so that she can start a family with a man who wants to provide for her. The anonymous subjects meeting to discuss their connection was another great moment, and it seems that this show really knows how to create characters. I’m least into Haas, but I think even he is coming along, realizing the power of his obsession with Virginia as he searches the hospital for someone like her and only finds women either not willing enough or all too willing to please him as she did.

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