Thursday, December 1, 2016

What I’m Watching: People of Earth

People of Earth: Season 1, Episode 5 “Unexplained” (B+)

This was a great episode, featuring some truly hapless tinkering with Ozzie’s implant by Jeff and some unexpected exploration on Don’s part of what being human feels like. Ozzie is the most normal of all the group members by far, and to see him acting strange was startling, even if he does regularly have conversations with talking deer. The fact that Jeff could press buttons and it would trigger responses in Ozzie which he had absolutely no clue about was very entertaining and totally in line with this show’s sense of humor. In the hospital, Ozzie put it all together and expressed what was happening, but he also called Gerry his best friend, which might negate the validity of everything he said. I liked Gerry’s response to meeting Nancy, which consisted mostly of him commenting that Jonathan would have come in person if he was really his best friend. Wyatt seeing goatees on all the group members was a truly trippy sight. Don’s fascination with Kelly following her asking him how he was doing when he was examining her was fantastic, and he definitely didn’t get the same warm reception when he eavesdropped on her conversation and did something nice for her, though that probably has something to do with the fact that she doesn’t recognize him due to the whole memory being wiped thing. I’m enjoying Chelsea’s budding relationship with Father Doug, one that was initially built on an interest in Christianity but has now blossomed into something much sweeter that I think will benefit them both immensely.

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