Wednesday, June 30, 2021

What I’m Watching: Solos

Solos: Season 1, Episode 6 “Nera” (C)

My patience for this show is wearing thin, and I can’t imagine the idea of binging it all at once since each successive episode makes me want to continue even less. I do like actress Nicole Beharie and was very impressed with her performance as another mother in “Miss Juneteenth,” but this was like something out of a horror movie that didn’t feel like it had any purpose at all. Even though the first episode featured a little bit too much Anne Hathaway, it was a showcase for introspection by speaking to another version of yourself, and that was felt even more in episode two with the dual Anthony Mackies. Since then, this show has veered more and more off-course, and by definition, it’s no longer a solo operation. It’s possible to interpret all of this as a fever dream that would explain all of the impossibilities and the rapid aging that Jacob was experiencing after he was birthed so suddenly, but I think it’s meant to be taken literally, which doesn’t appeal at all. The idea of using a fertility treatment that’s untested and might have unanticipated or unpredictable side effects is relatable, but this went too far, turning into a nightmare rather than an exploration of her reality. I was waiting for some sort of emphatic point at the end but it never came, and instead this entire episode, which was only twenty minutes, felt like an unbearable and directionless eternity. With just one installment left, I hope that I’ll leave this show on a better note.

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