Saturday, July 18, 2015

What I'm Watching: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex: Season 3, Episode 1 “Parliament of Owls” (B-)

I'm relieved to report that this premiere is a substantial improvement over the mess that was last season, and even though I'm not sure that it's headed in a productive direction, I'm okay sticking around to see what happens. A few years have passed, and the biggest change is that the kids are all grown up. What that means is that they all have personalities and can actually hold conversations, like Bill's son asking him about his book, which Bill quickly replied was not for children. For Tessa, it means that she can be naked in the tub and kiss Bill, expressing herself in a very rebellious way. Bill nearly hitting his son was an important moment, but I'd stress more that he is literally the least friendly or pleasant person that I could find on TV these days, and I can't understand why he insists on being so rude and unhappy. It's very interesting to see the note at the end of the episode that while this story is based on truth the children are fictitious, which feels like an unnecessary caveat given the already sensational nature of what this show's characters do, and I'm not talking about an envelope-pushing study. Libby has gotten a bit better, though she's still devoured by stress and anxiety about what's happening far away while unable to perceive what's right next to her. Kissing Virginia just to see what it was like was a brave act, and it seems to have caught her off guard. More concerningly, though the press conference went well, the subsequent throwing up from Virginia led to a much more irreversible revelation: Virginia is pregnant. That's going to complicate things.

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