Monday, June 21, 2021

Round Two: Blindspotting

Blindspotting: Season 1, Episode 2 “Smashley Rose” (B+)

I like that this episode felt completely different from the first installment, and even though that might make for a difficult tonal adjustment and establishment of a coherent narrative, I’m all for it since it really is captivating. Presuming that Miles was only going to serve a month in jail was very poor preparation for the five years that he got, and both Ashley and Rainey seemed equally shell-shocked and devastated by that news. I wasn’t sure what Rafael Casal’s involvement in the show was going to be, and so I was glad to see him pop up a few times as a figment of Ashley’s imagination, commenting on what she goes through during the day at work and validating the notion that people don’t get to just talk to her like they apparently do. Having a man suggest that she come up to his room so that she could partake in a threesome was presumptuous and invasive but not nearly as much as the way his wife behaved when Ashley called her on assuming that she would know a drug dealer just because she was Black. Telling her to “know your place” was the last straw, and Ashley got to take out her anger in a way that would directly affect that woman, likely ending up with her paying high fees for all the damage that they allegedly caused. It’s good at least that her manager fully had her back, and that, back home, Rainey also took steps to make sure she was doing as much for her as possible in a tough situation.

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