Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Round Two: We Are Who We Are

We Are Who We Are: Season 1, Episode 2 “Right here, right now #2” (B+)

This episode felt different than the first hour, mainly because we followed someone else and only got to see Fraser in the few moments where he had interacted with Harper in episode one. There was plenty to unpack before that we didn’t quite get resolved, and that’s even truer here as all of the relationships Harper has with the people in her life were introduced. Her brother Danny wants to connect with his religion but still goes out and parties with everyone, while his friend Craig is protective and caring in a much gentler way. Sam just doesn’t quite get her even though he’s very much into her, and she and Britney are close mainly because they don’t seem to judge each other at all. She doesn’t relate at all to her mother, while she and her father are close in a way that makes them seem much more like siblings than anything else. Seeing him order MAGA hats for them to wear secretly in the house was jarring, but it’s just one of the many things about the people on this base that’s contradictory. Fraser isn’t one who makes judgments but he also doesn’t ask questions, and the gift that he got for Harper could signal that he is like her and willing to accept her for whoever she is and wants to be, even if he can’t express that. I’m curious to see more of the two of them interacting together now that we’ve gotten, presumably, as much backstory as we’re going to get for the moment before their paths start intertwining more and more.

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