Friday, December 24, 2021

What I’m Watching: Dickinson

Dickinson: Season 3, Episode 8 “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun –” (B+)

Emily is moving through the world in a way that’s not very tethered to time or space at the moment, seeing flashes of what her life could be if reduced to the worst parts of a single relationship. Edward having her draft his will was a great way for her to be recognized, or she thought, until he revealed just how stuck in his era he was by leaving everything to Austin or his baby son rather than even considering his daughters. Betty was not the right sounding board for her frustration since she does have it much worse than her, and the subsequent interactions Emily had showed her the most frightening elements of her dynamics with the people in her life. Lavinia blaming her for not getting married as she tended to her many husbands was a stark idea, as was Austin resenting her for breaking up his marriage, which wasn’t as far from the truth. Sue becoming more distant because she feels like she’s not attracted to her anymore is putting a serious strain on her, but her mind is also elsewhere. Going to Frazer’s funeral and then conjuring him up to have a conversation with him was more comforting, and having Emily end up back on the battlefield at the end of the episode as she saw a bird was a haunting way to close out this show’s third-to-last episode. I’m not anticipating the end since this show really does have so much to offer and, if it was my choice, could go on for much longer.

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