Saturday, September 12, 2020

What I’m Watching: Brave New World

Brave New World: Season 1, Episode 8 “Monogamy and Futility: Part 2” (B-)

The notion of someone having feelings drained is really monumental, mainly because it misses the entire idea of what emotions are for and how they work in those who have had the opportunity to develop them. We’ve seen time and time again that Bernard in particular doesn’t understand the concepts that so fascinate him about savage life, though it’s possible he did capture the wrong side of what dating is like, interpreting the man as the more aggressive one who, like so many in our society, refuse to take no for an answer from a woman. The assertion that Indra manipulated events so that John could come in and disrupt this stable experiment adds considerable depth to what’s at play here, but it seems simple enough that Bernard was eager to experience this other life and merely got jealous that Lenina was more interested in John than in him. After breaking down Gary’s will, Bernard set his sights on John to convince him that he had slept with Lenina and it worked perfectly, leading to John treating her terribly and forcing her to lie about what happened with him. Frannie’s perspective was the most interesting, since she was clearly scared for Lenina because of the risk of her being banished and her outright rejection of conditioning, which Lenina pointed out is such an evolution of itself that its roots can’t even really be traced. I hope for some more emphatic resolution in the finale, which may be the last episode this show produces.

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