Friday, April 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: Dispatches from Elsewhere

Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1, Episode 8 “Lee” (B)

Enough though we now know that Octavio isn’t actually who he purported to be and doesn’t have that accent, a new narrator feels considerably less enticing. Seeing the various twins interviewing for the roles was a fun flashback, and I did enjoy hearing his reaction to noticing Fredwynn climb into the trunk, something Lee was much more prepared to deal with as she changed the script for the big show. Analyzing whether she’s the villain is an intriguing narrative, but when Octavio was no longer the one updating us on what everyone was doing at the end of the episode, I felt like some of the original excitement and mystery had been lost. The waitress telling them that it’s been a trip eavesdropping on them and that she’ll miss them both delighted and spooked Peter, since he wasn’t ready to let this adventure be done just yet. It was wonderful seeing Peter and Simone both dressed so nicely and attempting to enjoy their first date, and Peter’s comment about not having had to talk about himself in a long time reminded me once again that he’s a fascinating character who deserves to be explored more. Simone sharing her unending burden of worrying about being mocked or attacked because she’s trans didn’t faze Peter, but he still can’t relate to her experience, which is going to be an obstacle in their budding relationship. Despite choosing questionable conversation topics like subliminal advertising, Fredwynn was sweet to rush to the hospital to help Janice care for Lev. I also liked how he noted that he “enjoyed the event” that was his funeral and chose an abrupt moment to share the files rather than waiting for an organic segue to present itself. Apparently he’s closer to figuring out the truth than ever before as we head back down the rabbit hole for the final two episodes of this limited series.

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