Monday, August 17, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: Normal People

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m watching the entire season of every series nominated in the top category, as well as this one, which netted a few important nominations even if it missed the main limited series race.

Normal People: Season 1, Episode 5 (B+)

This episode earned an Emmy nomination for directing, the chosen installment that was submitted on behalf of the show for consideration. I think it’s a solid choice since it once again delves into the beauty of the relationship between Connell and Marianne, one that’s constantly changing but always going back to the same roots. Marianne telling Connell that she wanted to be friends helped to get them back on a good path, though it is very true that they’ve never actually tried that before. I’m glad that Marianne took another opportunity to remind Connell of just how much he hurt her by not even considering asking her to the dance, something that he now understands. It was amusing to hear Connell say that he just didn’t get the appeal of Gareth, and Marianne responded perfectly to his attempted defense of their relationship when she broke up with him, that people saying they were “good together” is not a reason to actually be together. Marianne got her own barbs in when she laughed at Connell for labeling his relationship casual, asking if they both agreed to tell people that. Given that we’re not even halfway into the season, it seems impossible that things will proceed wonderfully for this newly-reunited couple going forward, and it will be interesting to see how they do if they’re officially a public item. It’s been problematic in the past when they’re at different places on the social ladder, and being popular together could be an intriguing way to open up and expose new dimensions of their relationship.

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