Sunday, January 24, 2021

What I’m Watching: Dickinson

Dickinson: Season 2, Episode 5 “Forbidden Fruit a flavor has” (B+)

Emily spent this entire episode telling herself that everything that was being said about Samuel being a player wasn’t true, and then she went ahead and indulged in a very passionate moment at the end, at least in her mind. Sue seemed more distraught about it then she did since she actually knows Samuel’s wife and cares about her. I’m not sure why I never clicked through to figure out who the actor portraying Samuel was since I’ve been certain that I recognized him since his first appearance, and it makes so much sense now that he was Danny Rand on “Iron Fist.” This show and role are infinitely better uses of his talents. Everyone did seem to pivot to pretend like they were Emily’s most devoted fans as she appeared to be becoming famous, aside, of course, from her own family members, who couldn’t be bothered to come since they wanted to make a statement that they didn’t support Austin and Sue’s frivolous lifestyle. Those two aren’t on the same page on anything at this point, and it has nothing to do with the problems – namely, Sue and Emily’s feelings for each other – that initially plagued their relationship. Without a promising career as a poet to look ahead to, Lavinia, who is quickly becoming my favorite character, is trying to keep herself occupied and interested, and I like how she took Ship’s lackluster attempt at becoming smart as an opportunity for some academic role play, proving that “The Scarlet Letter” can be relevant in many ways.

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