Sunday, March 29, 2020

What I’m Watching: Miracle Workers: Dark Ages

Miracle Workers: Dark Ages: Season 2, Episode 8 “First Date” (B)

I compared this season to “Galavant” in my review of the premiere, and this episode opening with a song about how awkward Al and Chauncley are made it feel very much like that. It was sweet – and uncomfortable – to watch as Chauncley struggled to identify their relationship, unsure of whether they should purchase the lovers’ special or two single tickets. I remember encountering the same debacle when the only options to send flowers on Valentine’s Day in high school were secret admirer, friend, or love, and I made the wrong choice to send the love ones to a crush who I thought knew my feelings (it didn’t end badly, but it was incredibly awkward). Fresh from defending the archaic laws of the royal court, Vexler did his best to help the poor prince clarify his feelings, which manifested as extreme jealousy and played out in cringe-worthy fashion, namely when Chauncley gave Al money to distract her from the newfound object of her affection. Al probably should have been able to read the situation better given that she’s much smarter than anyone else, but hopefully they’ll be able to get back to a good place and actualize their romance in the two remaining episodes. Eddie being slow to defend his new friend from discrimination wasn’t a home run, and the news being squawked by a madwoman also felt like an odd and irreverent choice. I did like that Al and Archibald bonded over their shared controversial opinion that the Earth revolves around the sun, and that Chauncley tried to be part of the conversation by pointing out that the moon also exists.

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