Tuesday, February 15, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Afterparty

The Afterparty: Season 1, Episode 5 “High School” (B+)

The concept of Walt as a character is an entertaining if exaggerated one, since it seems virtually impossible that no one would remember him and that they would all fail to notice his existence at any point either in the past or the present. You’d also think that he would be angry that no one bothered to thank him for hosting a party at his house and that everyone just assumed it was Brett’s uncle, and it doesn’t seem like he would have made any stronger of an impression if he had gone through with his streaking. Even when he finished telling the story, everyone else just returned to their own problems that had nothing to do with him. I did enjoy the episode-long flashback, which showed the Jennifers being terrible to Chelsea, who was then consoled by Zoe, while Yasper made the mistake of blaming the break-up of the band on Aniq, prompting Xavier to push him and his carefully-mixed CD into the pool. The bigger grudge that Aniq should rightfully hold against Xavier is that he was able to get off without any consequences because of who his dad was, while pressing charges against Aniq meant he lost his scholarship. Finding out that the note was merely bad lyrics the now-dead Xavier had written meant the end of one trail, but I’m very curious to see why it is that Zoe has just offered herself up as a suspect. She seems like the most level-headed of the entire group, so I’m eager to see her version of events.

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