Thoughts on the week of May 4-8.
I have to admit that I felt a little aloof last week. Maybe I'm slightly disoriented by the return to Springfield. From the sun, to drizzle, the pacing seemed to follow as well. I don't mean that it became unfocused, but it became less forceful and more moody. James spent the week trying to get his father's attention. Since he's never had any, it's unclear what he expects. Phillip's already killed for Lizzie, even when she wanted him kept in jail. James got him out of jail and Ravenwood. Why? Is this emotional need, or does he need something else? So far he's struck the right balance between vulnerability and arrogance. He sports an awkward swagger and always seems to be thinking, though I have no idea what he's thinking about. Unusually for the show of late, he's actually been a well-written younger character – complicated, slightly mischievous, with an odd sense of humor.
Olivia and Natalia tried to get away from town to figure things out. The spa was booked solid so they were put in the same room. It was awkward and kind of funny and they shared a sweet moment or two. But, before anything could happen, Blake interrupted. They tried to relax as Blake gushed about Frank. Then they had a fight and almost left. After calming down, they decided that they were just trying to avoid things. To avoid running away, they went jogging in the the woods. When they returned to the spa, Emma tracked them down. They let her stay, but Olivia warned Natalia that they can't stay in limbo forever. Is that where they've been? There was a subtle change in the relationship and I'm not sure how to describe it because it's really too early. I know some fans of the couple were a tad annoyed by the constant interruptions and the fact that their emotional examinations were turned into a bit of a bedroom farce, but one can only hope this was about bottling energy for pacing.
On a completely different note, I was pleasantly surprised to see Daisy and her friends just sit around with nothing to do, and for the scene to be about the fact that they had nothing to do. It's nice to see people be bored. I know that's a strange thing to say. Considering how common boredom is, it's something that doesn't get much play, which is too bad because it is one of the most complicated and difficult emotions that people are capable of. It's no less rich than anger, or jealousy, love or hate, but it's harder to deal with. I'm not saying that they did anything interesting with it, it was just a nice, brief moment featuring of one of the most genuinely taboo emotions on television.
Being boring is a different matter altogether. I guess that's sort of what 'the Josh and Reva thing', as Blake put it, is about. Josh can't shake the feeling that Edmund is lurking and waiting to pounce. He and Reva has received passive-aggressive notes from a mysterious stranger. She also received a scary jack-in-the box which made Josh freak out. Jeffrey is worrying that Josh has gone off the rails a bit. Even Blake couldn't distract him; he ended up fawning over Reva. I'm sure some Jeva fans are delighted, but I can't say that I am. I've seen it too many times. All of the characters involved have seen it too many times and constantly say so. In fact, the whole Jeva thing seems to be about the same thing happening too many times. It's like a repetitive stress disorder. Things just flail around, predictably but uncontrollably, and even those that it's happening to seem to be viewers more than actors.
Anyway, those were my thoughts about last week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.
- Matt Purvis