Thursday, January 28, 2021

What I’m Watching: Search Party

Search Party: Season 4, Episode 9 “The Inferno” (B+)

Well, this show just took a very dark turn. I was so curious when we saw Dory get out of the trunk at the gas station and thought for a moment that this whole season was just an imagined dream, something that would have left me with conflicted feelings but very intrigued. Instead, she seemed to come to that same place she was at when she went back to the house and begged Chip to help her forget everything again, aware that she deserved punishment for everything that she had done. Her friends weren’t having any of that at the restaurant, with Drew offering perhaps the most dismissive response about how they have it relatively easy compared to starving people, while Portia and Elliott at least presented somewhat intellectual thoughts about what gives them purpose. Chip was also judgmental of Dory because he could now articulate why it was that he took Dory in the first place, and she only wanted to use him for her own purposes. Lylah turned out to be the one with the least emotion, pushing Dory down the stairs to her presumed death! I can’t imagine it’s going to end that way, but her friends did seem particularly unalarmed by the sirens of the fire truck and were more than happy to get in their car and drive away, unaware that she was potentially suffocating to death. The most cringeworthy moment of this episode came when Cindy executed her musical proposal, assisted by all of Drew’s family, and then she proclaimed that he had said yes when he expressed to her the need for more time. There’s no way that’s going to work out.

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