Thursday, August 25, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Scenes from a Marriage (Series Finale)

Scenes from a Marriage: Season 1, Episode 5 “In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World” (B)

Once again, we tese two people coming back together to rehash many of their old problems, albeit in a very different context. Returning to the home they used to own which is now being rented on Airbnb was a jolting move, one that makes you consider whether or not that kind of thing happens in real life, with previous owners coming back to places they used to live and know where secret doors or vulnerabilities might be. The intentions of this once-and-future couple weren’t quite as nefarious, at least not towards the house, though their relationship continues to be toxic since they’re never on the same page about exactly what they want. Jonathan expressed a sentiment to his mother that she didn’t welcome after his father died, one that felt much more like Mira’s sense of relief at no longer having to be with Jonathan since they didn’t have the same expectations about what their partnership should be. Tovah Feldshuh’s Miryam wasn’t at all pleased with that question, yet Jonathan wasn’t startled enough by her negative response to do anything differently. The emphasis on Jewish traditions and interpreting them differently came up once again, with Mira reappropriating the mourning process of shiva as something to acknowledge the death of their marriage. This has been an interesting experiment, but having actors Oscar and Jessica walk back to their dressing rooms at the end of the episode as themselves made it feel a bit too staged. Perhaps a more expansive universe with other characters in it like the first episode might have made it slightly more impactful.

Series grade: B
Series MVPs: Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

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