Tuesday, January 19, 2021

What I’m Watching: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season 2, Episode 3 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Dreams” (B+)

This show is full of light and positive energy, and the dreams Zoey was experiencing felt all the darker and more haunting as a result. It was unnerving to see Zoey seek into this bad place and to tune out the completely affable Max, who stopped cooking his tagine – a dish I’ve started making and enjoying – when he realized that she wasn’t opening up to him. Choosing Max over Simon was always going to be complicated, and Simon is going to win every time in terms of being tapped into what it feels like to be mourning a parent. Max singing the lyrics “I’m giving up on you” was one of the saddest moments I’ve seen on this show so far, and it shows how other people’s feelings are going to force Zoey to confront hard choices that she needs to make. Consuming an increasingly larger dose of caffeine each day was never a sustainable plan, and snapping when one of the boxes broke after the terribly sexist jerseys arrived was probably better than what could have happened. Maggie inviting Jenna to stay so that she can work with her will probably be beneficial since it gives her a business partner to fill in for the one she no longer has, but it’s definitely going to drive David and Emily crazy. I’m all for adding to the ensemble and bringing more characters in, and I’m continually impressed with this season and how it’s handling Zoey’s mourning process and her difficulty readjusting to any sense of normal.

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