Monday, August 16, 2021

Emmy Catch-Up: Pen15

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.

Pen15: Season 2, Episode 3 “Vendy Wiccany” (C)

This episode was an unfortunate combination of two things that I’m not terribly fond of – the awkwardness of this show and occult storylines. The latter is just something I almost never enjoy, especially when it’s out of place and wouldn’t ordinarily be featured. As if Maya and Anna don’t have enough trouble fitting in, now they had to go and chant as if they were possessed so that they could try to make their greatest wishes come true through magical means. Buying into that was the biggest issue for me, and so I didn’t find myself terribly engaged in this episode. I think fans of the show will accuse me of not getting the point of this show, and I do think that’s true, but I’m not sure what I can do to change that other than try to have an open mind while I keep watching. While it wasn’t entirely clear that anything supernatural was going on despite Anna being convinced of it and freaking Maya out in the process, there was a much more direct conversation that happened which isn’t really open to interpretation. Brandt told Maya that he didn’t like her and that he wanted her to stop being obsessed with him, and while I’m sure that unsubtle request won’t go over so well with Maya, it’s likely to spur her in a different direction, whether it’s to win someone else’s affection or to get revenge on the boy that she now believes has broken her heart.

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