Tuesday, February 2, 2021

What I’m Watching: Dickinson

Dickinson: Season 2, Episode 6 “Split the lark” (B+)

I think I’ve been saying this all along, but I don’t know why Emily and Sue aren’t a thing anymore. The fact that, while she was sitting there captivated by the opera, Emily conjured up Sue singing that song so passionately definitely means something, and it would be good if Emily saw that Sam isn’t going to return the feelings she has for him, whereas she knows Sue previously did. At best, Sam is actually faithful to his wife and upset because he doesn’t want to cheat on Mary, and at worst he’s worried about getting caught and doesn’t want to act on his obvious attraction to Emily even though he was planning to before she wrote that letter. Sue could also use a break given that Austin is quickly losing interest in her (not that she’s making much of an effort). Emily had some great lines in this episode, like “Whatever your name is, you changed my life tonight, your voice will haunt me forever,” though the soprano burst her bubble when she acknowledged that nothing lasts forever, something Emily should know, and that she’s lost track because so many people have fallen in love with her. Being asked to leave the stage because the man didn’t know who she was served as another blow to Emily’s would-be fame, and at least she’s not hallucinating the dead man anymore but instead seeing more of herself and the people who are indeed part of her life. Lavinia was quick to distinguish what behavior was not acceptable from Ship at the opera, and I quite enjoyed that, after Mrs. Dickinson complained repeatedly about their poor seats, she and Edward had a wonderful night when they were both bored and snuck out together in the middle of the show.

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