Tuesday, December 15, 2020

What I’m Watching: Industry

Industry: Season 1, Episode 6 “Nutcracker” (B+)

There was something about the way in which Eric was summarily dismissed for the simple act of locking Harper in an office – not any of the very concerning and unacceptable behavior that also occurred at the same time – that felt very believable. Evidently, an inquiry was conducted and that got us to the closing scene in which Harper was told of his separation and asked to sign the NDA, but I know that it’s also common that, regardless of the history someone has, one action can end a career. Harper was clearly uncomfortable when she met Eric’s wife and heard the way that he talked to her, including the fact that he told her about the bonus he was giving Harper for which she was “allowed to thank him.” Eric was even harsher to Greg when he demeaned him for having written a script, in a scene that reminded me of when Ken was admonished for being a sci-fi writer on the side in “Mad Men.” After initially seeming like a nemesis for Harper, Daria has become her strongest ally, even stepping in to try to handle the situation with Nicole that she might not fully understand. It also appears that Kenny is actually going to keep being nice to Yasmin, but it’s precisely her willingness to forgive his previous behavior that made Maxim not want to work with her. Her mostly non-physical affair with Robert took a new step in the bathroom at the party, and even the way Harper admonished them isn’t likely to deter them from continuing. This show has been renewed for a second season, which makes me feel better about sticking with it since now I feel like I’m managed to get moderately invested in the characters.

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