Friday, February 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: Euphoria

Euphoria: Season 2, Episode 7 “The Theater and It's Double” (B+)

This was one head trip of an episode, seeing Lexi’s play being performed and interspersing that with each of the characters reliving traumas that then were being shown on stage by actors portraying them. It’s so interesting to see Lexi step out and into the spotlight, taking the starring role in the play and also terrorizing her cast and crew while trying to put on the perfect show. Watching each of the audience members react to who was playing them was so telling, with Rue particularly pleased about the clear influence she has had on Lexi and Suze lapping up the hilarity of how she was being portrayed. Cassie seemed very upset by her characterization as vain and shallow, but it was Nate who got the most upset during that epic closing number where Ethan showed just how talented he is and the entire audience was applauding. While it would be nice to see certain relationships, like Rue and Jules or Maddy and Cassie, repaired, this is likelier to be more divisive, though it’s possible that Kat will be impressed by Ethan’s performance enough to finally be honest with him about what she wants. The look in Cassie’s eyes as she breathed heavily outside the door and those “To be continued” words appeared on screen was intense, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the older sister and her unseen sibling. Maddy turning into Jules with Nate and then Cal getting on top of him was an unexpected sequence of events, one that shows just how interrelated all these characters are and how they can’t rid themselves of each other. Fezco was doing his best to be there for Lexi but didn’t make it, suggesting an unfortunate resolution for one of this show’s most unexpectedly endearing characters.

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