Saturday, February 15, 2020

What I’m Watching: Dickinson

Dickinson: Season 1, Episode 9 “‘Faith’ is a fine invention” (B+)

This episode was pretty powerful in a lot of ways, and it’s a real shame that it had to end in tragedy. The excitement about watching the eclipse was palpable, and there’s a sense of wonder that came with it which isn’t quite the same as the recent fervor involved in a similar event due to advancements in technology and all-too-reliable science that can predict the specifics of what will happen. Ben coming out to watch with her despite his bad cold made for a wonderful evening, complete with an un-proposal that demonstrated just how much he got Emily. Coughing up blood right after the eclipse was a bad sign, and trying to bargain with death later indicated just how much in denial Emily was about his condition. Flashing back to her time at the Christian school where she was constantly unable to feel Jesus in her heart and telling her mother that she’s dead inside already indicated the depression that’s sure to follow this unbelievable loss. Mrs. Dickinson seemed very worried about her husband, and superstition appears to dominate her life, as evidenced by her insistence that Ben not be allowed in the house. Lavinia seemed happy with Joseph, but his betrayal of her kindness was cruel, and now she might be ready to not take it lying down. Sue didn’t understand the implications of her dress not fitting, and that’s news which is sure to send Emily spiraling even further downwards and away from a positive place.

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