Friday, May 10, 2019

My Review of Now Apocalypse's 1x08: "Unknown Pleasures"

Written by Gregg Araki & Karley Sciortino
Directed by Gregg Araki

Isaac: "I'll see you in nine and a half hours."
Ulysses: "Cool."

Ah, this was a rather sweet-ish episode. Well, any scene involving Ulysses and Isaac. Everything else was a lot less sweet, so let's focus on the best storyline before getting into the worst ones in this episode.

Ulysses and Isaac properly hooked up in the episode and it seems that they have the type of friends who both give them advice about not rushing into things. Of course it didn't stop the pair from being really into each other and generally being unable to keep their hands off each other. Two episodes in and I really hope Isaac will make it into the next season.

Just as importantly was Isaac vaguely throwing in a comment about there being an increased case of homeless people with serious delusions, so there was a tiny bit of the main plot being referenced here. Hopefully the next two episodes really do go further on this one.

As for the less great stuff of this episode - while both Carly and Severine raised points on straight men's general attitudes towards guy on guy action and submission, both women were mostly in the wrong in this episode as well. Carly more so out of the two but even Severine had some bad moments here.

I'm not the biggest fan of Jethro and while he does seem to like most of the BDSM stuff that Carly keeps inflicting on her, she was needlessly nasty towards him and seemed to show a lack of consideration that even EL James would balk at. The fact that Jethro hasn't dumped her yet is almost a miracle in itself.

As for Severine - I was all for her wanting to have a threesome with Ford and Tyce (Aubrey Marquez) but I felt sorry for Ford. He clearly wasn't into the idea and neither was he a dick about it. As much as I'd like Ford to make out with a guy, he's clearly only into women and while I did agree with Severine's comments on three ways, both her and Carly need to look into showing some respect for their male partners and respecting their boundaries as well.

- Tyce and his boyfriend (I think he's bisexual, he's definitely an Aquarius) are fans of Ford's underwear ads. He did seem more into Ford than Severine as well.
- Maybe if you're staying over, Isaac bring some mints in case someone doesn't have a spare toothbrush.
- Waterboarding and the baby stuff. Jethro suffered the most in this episode and to top it off, Carly also annihilated his acting prowess as well.
- Chronology: From where the previous episode left off.

Unknown Pleasures had a lot to say about masculinity, BDSM, sexuality and boudaries and to be fair, it was the female characters and their lack of respect of male partners that came across the worst here. Only Ulysses and Isaac had a plot that resembled something pleasurable from both ends. Guest character wise though, I did rather like Tyce and loved him calling out Severine for some of her problematic attitudes as well.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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