Thursday, September 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: Dead Pixels

Dead Pixels: Season 1, Episode 5 “Patricide” (B+)

We haven’t seen these characters interact too much with the outside world aside from their uncomfortable conversations with Alison and the occasional presence of Russell’s mom. It makes sense that Nicky would have developed a complex when his father continually expresses that he doesn’t think much of him and instead talks incessantly of his brother’s accomplishments. Yes, doing something (I’m really not still quite sure what) in a video game with only bananas may be impressive to some, but Nicky’s dad didn’t even think he was capable of carving up some meat. Nicky did take that resentment to heart a bit too much when he kept murdering his father in the game, something he rightfully expressed wasn’t at all enjoyable. Russell was also far too excited about his new discovery, and it’s interesting that Meg is so into the notion of them having sex in the game but then didn’t even want to talk to him in real life, sending an extremely mixed message to the eternally confused and now exhausted Russell. As usual, Alison nailed it when she told Nicky that she knows he’s in love with Meg and that he really should tell her at some point, though of course he won’t. Bringing home a date of her own didn’t go too well thanks to Meg’s unwillingness to leave the living room when directly asked, and somehow them having (admittedly loud) sex was seen as yet another affront to Meg, who could probably manage to connect with either of the two main men in her life if she actually tried to experience the real world for a few minutes.

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