Saturday, March 12, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age: Season 1, Episode 7 “Irresistible Change” (B+)

I do like it when historical shows like this that aren’t actually based specifically on real people incorporate people and events that did happen. It tracks that George would know Thomas Edison personally and that he would be invited to have a front-row seat to his spectacular lightshow. Peggy alos managed to get both a reward and an opportunity in the invitation from Thomas to get to see it, something that Marian didn’t get even though Tom did in a carriage that Bertha apologized had no space left in it. Marian really is investing in this relationship with Tom, and while Ada will surely do whatever she can to help her, Agnes has shown how she treats those who have betrayed her trust. I would have thought that Church would be the obvious culprit in Bannister’s search for the author of the note that got him in trouble, but maybe it’s not that simple. It’s puzzling that Bertha did go through with it and fire Turner based on Agnes’ request, though it’s likely she doesn’t want anyone who could attract scandal in her orbit, and she doesn’t even know about her attempted seduction of her husband. Oscar seems to think that her being fired is a good thing for him, since it will provide him an even more ironclad distraction from the fact that he’s actually gay. Bertha suspected right away that he was involved in the request for Turner’s dismissal, but she, like everyone else, doesn’t know the real root of it.

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