Thursday, April 21, 2022

What I’m Watching: Roar

Roar: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her Skin” (B)

The first three episodes of this show started out positively, with the women at their center looking forward to a bright and optimistic future that started to fade as the reality of their circumstances – and some creepy supernatural factors – set in. This one had a rather violent and disturbing start, with Ambia giving birth and nearly dying in the hospital. It seemed obvious to me from the start that it was her daughter’s need to be by her side that was going to cause her distress, and she had enough to deal with having to find a closet to pump in at the office and then being talked down to by the men in her professional life before she started physically manifesting the longing her daughter felt. While it felt at times like this episode was going to lean more into horror, it kept her situation to one that was presenting enough to bother her coworkers and the people in her life, but which also allowed her to continue going around normally, which only led to more people seeing and noting her predicament. This was a strong performance from Emmy and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, and I also recognized Jake Johnson, best known for “New Girl” and “Minx,” in an unusually dramatic role, one that found him lashing out for “parenting two kids on his own” and then ultimately apologizing and recognizing all that his wife does for their family. This ending worked well, providing a more uplifting direction for an otherwise grim premise.

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