Monday, June 22, 2020

What I’m Watching: Search Party

Season three of “Search Party” premieres this Thursday on HBO Max. I’ve had the pleasure of watching all ten episodes in advance of their streaming debut – this review contains spoilers for the selected episode.

Search Party: Season 3, Episode 5 “Public Appeal” (B+)

Tender, normal moments like the one we saw where Dory came out to the common space Drew was trying to fix up to cheer him up to play a song are just fodder for talk shows to paint her as even more of a sociopath, and she could certainly use some image rehabilitation. Cassidy was most concerned about her curls staying put, but her baggage with her parents goes much deeper than that. Her mother initially said she didn’t want to appear on TV because she’s gained weight, while her father was more truthful about how he realized that she was just taking advantage of them. Exploding at them right before they went on camera with Annette O’Toole’s celebrity interviewer did not produce the result I expected, instead painting them as a perfectly normal, tight-knit family, who might even be sympathetic. Drew eagerly accepting the stuffed shells a fan brought him didn’t exactly conjure up the support he should have been giving in that moment. Elliott and Marc really did find the perfect wedding planners who wanted to make their theme “attention,” and it’s a good thing they had sponsors in mind when Elliott balked at the totally understandable $1.2 million price tag. I can’t wait to see how absurd these companies with a legacy of homophobia to correct are, and the fact they wanted Dory there so that they could make a statement with all the murderers being present shows just how over-the-top this event is going to be. Even if her gameplay is still a bit harsher than her new Christian friends, Portia has absolutely found the fierce protective supportive system she’s so desperately needed. Julian just took $750,000 for his silence despite his protests that his phone could easily still be used by someone else to blackmail Mary. We’ll see how that works out for him, and if he’ll use that money to somehow help his old friends.

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