Thursday, September 25, 2014

What I’m Watching: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 2, Episode 11 “One for the Money, Two for the Show” (C-)

There’s only one episode left in this season, and I’m definitely out after that. This show has become prone to lots of lofty themes and slow fade outs, trying to dramatize its events and make them seem all the weightier. Subtlety has officially gone out the window, with the highly forced meeting in the lobby between Libby, George Johnson, and the tenant played by Marc Evan Jackson, familiar from “Parks and Recreation” so overtly confirming that Virginia really isn’t Bill’s wife, as if the interview didn’t do that enough already. Every element of the interview process was uncomfortable, as Virginia too enthusiastically participated and Bill refused to speak, partially because of his long tie, until he came out with the world’s most perfect speech. It’s clear that the study isn’t anywhere close to near ready for television, and Andy Milder’s pompous editor telling Lester that he needed staged interview footage just underlined that in a miserable way. Of course George would have transformed into the perfect husband and father now that he’s not with Virginia, and taking the kids with them to Paris is actually probably a productive idea. I’m particularly unimpressed with Teddy Sears’ acting in his scenes as Austin with Flo, where he can’t seem to comprehend why any woman would want to emulate “Gone with the Wind.” I’m not sure what we’re supposed to take away from the expression on his face when he’s forced to role play by Flo since sympathy is hardly the first emotion that comes to mind. Libby’s involvement in the racial equality movement has always been a tangential plotline, but now she’s gone ahead and started an affair that she has in truth deserved for a long time now (not that it’s a good idea in any way).

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