Saturday, July 18, 2020

What I’m Watching: Little Voice

Little Voice: Season 1, Episode 4 “Love Hurts” (B+)

This was a more overtly melancholy installment, one that presented its wins at the start rather than ending on them. I was surprised to learn that Louie did in fact get his job working at the theater, and it was endearing to see him practicing late seating while arguing with his housemates about snacks and Bess looking on supportively. He did pretty well in action until he got insisted that the man with the large head move and then climbed over customers to get an autograph from one of his favorite stars. Both he and Bess seemed so dejected on the subway ride home, and that wasn’t even the worst part of her day. After the laugh everyone had at the one-way mirror in the recording studio lobby, Bess seemed amazed by the opportunity she had been given and the way that she sounded with the help of the obnoxious engineer played by Luke Kirby from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Rectify.” The fact that he expressed such admiration for Percy when he arrived seemed to suggest greatness would come, and when he stumbled and kept drinking, getting belligerent when they assured him they had workable material, it was crushing to watch. Prisha’s potential arranged marriage wasn’t a terribly helpful distraction from the fact that her father is clearly in bad shape and is retreating from the things he previously enjoyed. Ethan noticed that Bess was upset at the storage unit but didn’t do much about it, and hopefully someone in her life can help her get through this and try to help her father too. I imagine we’ll also see more of the lonesome nursing home resident played by June Squibb from “Nebraska” and “Good Girls.”

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