Friday, February 11, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Afterparty

The Afterparty: Season 1, Episode 4 “Chelsea” (B+)

One thing, of many, that I can really appreciate about this show is that each new episode makes it feel like you’re watching an entirely new series. This one played a lot like a horror movie, with Chelsea fully aware that she might be hallucinating those terrors at any moment and that they might not be real. Brett already seemed creepy and irritating, and knowing that he and Chelsea had an affair adds an entirely new layer to all of this, with Zoe being particularly uninterested in talking to her given the role she played in breaking up their marriage. I did like that, after everything, they got to bond over just how bad Brett is at sex and how much he loves high-fiving. Walt following her to give her back her car keys was yet another opportunity for people not to remember him even though he was wearing his name tag, and though no one is considering him just yet, it’s very possible that he’s the killer. Chelsea had her sights set on making Xavier pay but ultimately tried to get him to stop drinking the cat poison, something that unfortunately felled poor Aniq, who she legitimately thought was a good guy. But rather than implicate herself, something her interview certainly should have done given her expressed intent to get revenge on Xavier, she ended up revealing that there was someone holding even more of a grudge against Xavier who we’ve already heard from and who definitely doesn’t believe himself to be the killer: Aniq.

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