Sunday, August 8, 2021

Emmy Catch-Up: I May Destroy You

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. Last year, I started watching the entire season of each show to get a better idea of the quality I missed, and I’ve decided to continue that this year. 

I May Destroy You: Season 1, Episode 4 “That Was Fun” (B+)

One of the benefits of getting to catch up o na show like this after it’s already aired and been nominated for awards is that those actors who do get recognized, unlike Weruche Opia, who I mentioned in my last review was snubbed, have chosen what they believe to be their best work. In this case, that’s Paapa Essiedu, who plays Kwame and who managed to grab one of the three slots that weren’t filled by “Hamilton” performers in his category. He’s definitely an interesting character, and seeing how he responded first to Damon’s discomfort with the notion of admitting his sexual orientation and then how things turned violent once Damon decided to leave and Kwame struggled to get through that without the right kind of support. I’m looking forward to getting to know his character better over the course of the rest of the series and to see how his own experience factors into how he is going to be there for Arabella as she unpacks what’s happened to her. A lackluster meeting about her book turned into a hookup with Zain, and I got very worried when I saw him flick off the condom right in the middle of everything without telling her. I did think it was going to turn much darker and end up being very triggering, but he quickly admitted it and she even had a joking tone when she informed him that he was going to be paying for the morning-after pill. It’s certainly not a positive development, but their communication improved in a short time after that and it does not appear to be a scarring incident.

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