Sunday, June 20, 2021

Round Two: Physical

Physical: Season 1, Episode 2 “Let’s Get Political” (B+)

This show really does have a similar vibe to “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” though I found this one interesting enough to continue past the first episode. Part of that is due to Rose Byrne’s performance, which is so grounded in misery and tethered to her self-loathing. Hearing the cruel voice inside her head can be jarring, but it explains who she is and why she’s so sure that she can’t be happy. Bunny seemed nice to her at first before accusing her of being a spy, and seizing the opportunity to blackmail them into paying her money to keep quiet got her angry enough to ban her from the class going forward. Fortunately, after a series of lackluster interactions, she realized how she could use everything to her advantage, most notably Tyler’s eagerness to have a real film job, one that could in turn get her back into the class that made her feel like she had a handle on things. I’m really not sure how I feel about Danny just yet, because he’s got some great ideas that he likes to share with his wife when he walks around naked, but he also completely doesn’t see her value. And she’s the one who managed to befriend Greta and plant the seeds of an endorsement there, even if Greta understood why it was that she was finally volunteering and alleged that she didn’t have any influence on her husband. I enjoyed the brief appearance by Lea DeLaria as Professor Mendelsohn, and my favorite line of the episode was Tyler’s insistence that he meant what he said.

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