Saturday, January 22, 2022

What I’m Watching: Euphoria

Euphoria: Season 2, Episode 2 “Out of Touch” (B+)

This is something that I don’t feel like we get very often: an episode that touches on all of the characters. Nate was the central protagonist in the extended opening scene, imagining that he would have gotten together with Cassie and had a baby with her instead of meeting and dating Maddy first. He wasn’t quite as cruel as we’ve seen him be capable of before when he drove Cassie somewhere so that he could break things off with her, and he tried to make her into the villain when he couldn’t resist her and reminded her that it would be hard for her to look Maddy in the eye. Maddy is aware that Nate is bad news, and Jules wasn’t quite as emphatic as she could have been in her advice for her not to go down that path again. Rue wanting to get high with Elliot without Jules knowing she’s doing it is definitely going to affect their relationship, and I like that Ali insisted on coming inside to meet her mother and wouldn’t commit to saying that she was doing well. Kat is going to sabotage her own relationship because she thinks that Ethan isn’t interesting enough and that he can’t love her in the simply sweet way that he does, and he’s also going to notice that she’s trying to pull away. Cal finding Fezco and going there as Lexi had gone to talk to him but got scared away by Faye was intense, but it seems like he’s not going to do much, especially since Nate still has the video of him and Jules. There’s such a complicated web of lies and deceit on this show, and it doesn’t leave many innocent people left untouched.

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