Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What I’m Watching: Shrill (Season Finale)

Shrill: Season 2, Episode 8 “HR” (B+)

This was a strong season closer, one that sets up a great new direction for future episodes. Amadi leading a sexual harassment conversation in the office did not go well, and everyone’s inability to get into hypothetical characters led to Ryan outwardly naming that it was him and Annie, which in turn forced her to clarify that it was very much consensual. Annie had every right to want one day to be mad before they talked, and Ryan’s inability to respect that accelerated the timetable for the inevitable end of their relationship. Showing up to Fran’s party made things even worse since she’s never been a fan of his, and she didn’t hold back, which was refreshing to see. Telling him that she didn’t want to be his mom and getting angry about his reference to the back fence were signs that she was finally self-assured enough to speak up for herself, and confirming that yes, she was breaking up with him and would start dating other men was emphatic and awesome. Amadi was correct in his assessment that Ryan was stupid but had a good heart, but that’s not what Annie needs in her life right now. It was also good to see her be open and firm with her mother when she showed up at the hospital following her father’s fall. She ran out of the meeting with Sheila quickly, but she’s obviously made a good impression, which, coupled with getting the cover, suggests a bright future for her. Fran’s big party wasn’t anything too outlandish, but she did get a romantic approach she didn’t expect from Emily. I’m looking forward to season three and beyond!

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Aidy Bryant as Annie

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