Saturday, January 9, 2021

What I’m Watching: Dickinson

Dickinson: Season 2, Episode 3 “The only Ghost I ever saw” (B)

I’m not so big on séances, and this episode gets a few points off because of some wasted moments trying to summon the spirits. Fortunately, it didn’t have too many of those, and instead we got some humorous modern-day commentary that did not sit well with most of the people in the circle and a serious realization that came to Emily as a result of her latest visit from her haunting visitor who pointedly asked if she was nobody too. That sermon in church got everyone riled up, and it’s good to see that the terrifying cousins are already making an impression, giving the minister the finger and causing plenty of other trouble. Both Emily and Lavinia were happy to invite them to join their séance, and I like that the two sisters seemed to be really on the same page for once since I often feel that Emily ignores Lavinia when they are uniquely qualified to see and understand each other. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Sue anymore, who was happy that Emily finally wanted to be known by others but couldn’t comprehend the hesitation she still felt about it. Samuel’s response was jarring and off-putting, going from his supercool “I’m a baller, I go to balls” to an attitude of complete detachment and lack of investment in her future. Lavinia’s objection to Ship’s casual chauvinism was pretty fantastic, even if people didn’t quite agree with her about it. Mrs. Dickinson’s nighttime excitement and the controversy of Henry’s anonymous newspaper were interesting subplots that I hope will soon be revisited.

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