Thursday, September 30, 2021

What I’m Watching: Work in Progress

Work in Progress: Season 2, Episode 7 “Oh Say Can You See” (B+)

I think I expected Abby to be completely non-functional in the pandemic, and it’s interesting to see a different side of her, one that acknowledges the frightening and very contagious nature of the world around her but also the uncontrollable events that happen during it. Waiting around to hear about her dad was an awkward thing, especially since she and her new siblings had to sit together in the same house, but it was very worthwhile and relatable to watch as they noted that they were far enough away from each other that it was probably safe to take off their masks even if that logic didn’t quite make sense, especially for someone with as much anxiety as Abby has. Having her new stepmother be the only one able to go visit him was also difficult, but Abby was able to flash back to other moments in the past that were formative related to her dynamic both with him and her sister. All of her conversations with Alison are so compelling, especially when coupled with the hurtful scenes from her childhood where Alison hit her with something that has stuck with her since then. Hallucinating Detective Bobby Goren in the park and then making out with him in sight of her brother-in-law was quite the fever dream, and I’m entertained that Vincent D’Onofrio was up for a guest spot like this. I’ve been seeing him more and more in other projects like “Ratched” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” and it’s nice to see him poking fun at himself and one of his most well-known roles here.

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