Friday, April 8, 2022

What I’m Watching: Severance

Severance: Season 1, Episode 8 “What’s for Dinner?” (B+)

This is quite an exciting and unnerving moment, something that seemed so distant and impossible for so long both because of the restrictions in place at work and the inability of any of these characters to follow through on their plans outside of the office. It wasn’t clear at the start what everyone wanted Helly to do so badly, but she did manage it, making it to 100% and getting a pre-waffle party egg bar social for the entire team. Irving reading a passage from the book and then closing an egg on it was an action with a lot of meaning, and Dylan reciting the line Mark read from Ricken’s book from memory showed that this team is really ready to go. Two terminations from the company will surely affect things, starting with Ms. Casey, who was let go just before her session with Mark and confirmed to have been in his life outside of the workplace thanks to Milchick’s observation that the fact that they didn’t remember each other was a sign that severance truly works. While Harmony had appeared to gain the upper hand with Natalie and the board, her not reporting Helly’s suicide attempt was grounds for dismissal, news Natalie was thrilled to share with her. Milchick taking back her keycard was a strange transition of power, one that would make the future of the team uncertain enough if they weren’t already planning something entirely revolutionary. We got a glimpse of Helly, a few shots of Irving painting, and Mark literally in the arms of Harmony as he’s about to get switched over, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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