Thursday, February 26, 2015

What I’m Watching: Togetherness

Togetherness: Season 1, Episode 6 “Ghost in Chains” (B)

I liked this episode, but I think it was a bit fragmented to truly fit its title. The amount of time Brett spends in nature hunting for sounds is absurd, especially considering how little those he works with value what he does. He should really do more creative things with what he cares about, though it wouldn’t be like him to stand up for himself and try to make a change. Encountering Mary Steenburgen’s earthy stranger in the woods was certainly odd, there’s no getting around that. But it was fascinating to see him open up partially to her view of the world, and welcome the opportunity to be buried under leaves at the end of the episode despite his ardent protests. Stepping outside his comfort zone is something he rarely does, and it was jarring to see someone open him up so easily by exhibiting no sense of boundaries or judgment. Michelle does enjoy spending time with David, and Tina wasn’t wrong to comment on her excitedly going to flirt with him. I like that Michelle was relatively blunt and honest with Tina about her lack of appreciation for and sensitivity towards the people in her film. Unfortunately, seducing Larry into giving Alex a part in his movie didn’t have the effect she had hoped it would. Seeing the two of them bicker, especially when one of them has something to be sorry about, is a true pleasure, and for me it’s the highlight of this admittedly awkward but usually satisfying show.