Friday, August 7, 2020

What I’m Watching: Little Voice

Little Voice: Season 1, Episode 7 “Ghost Light” (B)

Sometimes it feels like Bess is the least sympathetic character on this show, trying to figure out who she is but also failing to put the necessary effort in when she doesn’t get exactly what she wants. She’s had a lot piled on her lately, and she tore her entire apartment up looking frantically for the songbook we saw her leave on the subway, so perhaps she’s earned a bit of a pass. Going from audition to audition was exhausting enough on its own, and for Bess to be told alternately that her voice was great but in need of a real songwriter or that her songs were great but in need of a real singer was pretty crippling. That Jeremy’s guy complimented both but told her he wouldn’t be able to offer her anything was a real blow, and good for her for finally realizing that he’s not a nice person and calling him on it. Samuel was a solid support system, which proved especially important when she was horrified to find her father sleeping on the street and not willing to come home with her. Elaine, played by Becky Ann Baker from “Girls” and “Hunters,” made an interesting point when she noted that Bess wasn’t letting Louie fight any of his own battles because she always picked up the phone, though that didn’t make it any easier to see him get crushed again and again while trying to start his vlog. Prisha’s big bagel brunch was certainly a celebration of something she didn’t want, and the way things are moving make it seem like this is going to become permanent and irreversible pretty soon.

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