Wednesday, March 9, 2022

What I’m Watching: Severance

Severance: Season 1, Episode 4 “The You You Are” (B+)

My theory that this is actually a relatively small operation that isn’t anywhere near as all-seeing as its severed employees believe continues to be confirmed, mainly by the fact that Irving, who was previously disciplined for nodding off at his desk, was able to freely walk across the entire building to go see Burt two days in a row. It was actually quite jarring how little the group was at their desks over the course of the day, with Helly getting up to get the cutter from the copier for her big power play and Dylan wandering over to open the contraband book by Rickon that Milchick just left sitting around for anyone to find and Mark then put in his desk. Mark so quickly shredding Petey’s map on the back of the group picture was a disappointment, and that kind of firm action only further encouraged Helly that she had to get serious. Needing to utter the apology over one thousand times was a true punishment, and she thought she could get out of this by threatening to cut off her fingers. Her outie’s response was cruel and demeaning, telling her that she wasn’t a person and promising to keep her alive for longer if she ever did anything to her fingers. The look on her face when she saw the elevator doors open just seconds after she had remembered leaving said so much, and ending this episode with her trying to hang herself in the elevator was a dismal and disturbing conclusion. Mark’s behavior at Petey’s funeral was intriguing, and I’m glad that he didn’t share his out-of-office connection with the man with Harmony, who was very easily able to drill into Petey’s skull without anyone noticing. The two moments of connection I found most poignant were between Mark and Petey’s daughter, and that brief, meaningful touch shared by Burt and Irving.

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