Thursday, March 19, 2020

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Miracle Workers: Dark Ages: Season 2, Episode 6 “Music Festival” (B+)

This episode was primarily about two things: friendship and romance. Al just wanted to spend time with a friend who she feels has other things going on, and Chauncley was determined to impress the girl he has eyes for and to not be like his father in the process. I’ve enjoyed watching Lolly Adefope on this show and “Shrill” simultaneously, and she really has the perfect delivery for the absurd versions of the professions we know well, like marketing executive, that represent devout beliefs that, upon the slightest bit of examination, should be seriously questioned. I wasn’t quite as into the no tongue jokes about Trish – probably because they were too reminiscent of similarly medieval but far more disturbing practices featured in “The Handmaid’s Tale” – but the overall message about Al being jealous about Maggie having other things going on in her life resounded. Fred Armisen was a humorous and fitting choice to play the musician so obsessed with his own creative process that he didn’t want to deliver on what he had been hired to do, and I like that Chauncley hulked out only when he realized that was what it would take for him to ensure Al’s happiness. His desire to help people, namely the peasants and Al, rather than to crush them like his father continues to do with his skull demonstration, is positive, and Lord Vexler seems to be realizing that the idiot he always had to babysit may be capable of much more good than he ever realized.

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