Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Round Two: The End

The End: Season 1, Episode 2 “Toxic Shock Syndrome” (B+)

This was a strong follow-up to the first episode that very much intrigued me, and I’m excited to follow the trajectories of all of these characters. Edie may have actually experienced the least instability over the course of this half-hour even though she’s acclimating to a new place, and the friend she made at least seems to understand that she’s not happy about being there and might need certain comforts to make it feel a little more like home. She also had a car, which proved to be helpful when Persephone had to pull herself out of taxidermy school to go help Oberon deal with his latest crisis. I appreciate the fact that every main character is given the opportunity to be their own self, like Persephone getting her teammates to chant with her after she rallied them to oppose swimming during this particular time. After her confiscation and her patient’s subsequent suicide, Kate is the one facing the most extreme consequences for her actions, more than just being suspended from school or having a door taken off, and the family of the deceased isn’t too happy with her either since the inevitable promised solution did happen, just without anyone there and likely resulting in a great deal of pain. Right now, there’s plenty of tension and it’s all set to explode soon, and I’m eager to see how these characters choose to confide in each other and to interact based on their shared sense of misery stemming from remarkably different sources and experiences.

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