Friday, January 28, 2022

Take Three: As We See It

As We See It: Season 1, Episode 3 “When Violet Met Douglas” (B+)

It was very sweet to see that AJ was interested in continuing his friendship with Harrison, sending down a walkie-talkie through the window so that they could chat. After the misery of Harrison being completely ignored by the other two performers at drama club, it was wonderful to see him talking to his new friend and for Mandy to observe that and smile, prompting her to march up to AJ’s mom to convince her that it was a good idea for AJ and Harrison to hang out. Jack had considerably more trouble adhering to social cues, tracking down the nurse he met by finding his geotagged location on Instagram and then getting her to confirm the details of his father’s condition. After his father followed him out of his stage walk-off, he presented one of the most genuine sentiments he has yet: that he needs to be able to prepare for his father to die. I am thrilled that Vella Lovell, an actress I liked a lot on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” who also stars in “Mr. Mayor,” is playing Selina, Van’s girlfriend, but she did not a good job of following her brother’s advice and instead encouraged Violet not to go on a date with someone she didn’t want to date. The ensuing onstage drama was quite uncomfortable and cruel, and the only good part was that Van saw how much Mandy cared when she expressed her anger at Selina. She did manage to tell Van that she was leaving, but there’s no way she’s going to be able to tell the people she needs to tell most or go through with it in the end.

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