Transparent: Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump Review

Originally posted on outloudculture.com on Dec. 14, 2015

Flicky Flicky9/10

I remember a conversation I had with a friend regarding their parents’ divorce. When I asked them if their parents still loved each other, they answered, “Of course, they just can’t be together anymore.”

For some relationships, whether romantic or otherwise, love goes beyond the three dimensions that are presented as the only ones. There is a grey area between all three that is stronger because though two people continue to love each other without being in love. Shelly’s love for Maura is one such love and it is clear in the second episode of Season Two.

Some time (but not too much) has passed since the wedding and it appears that Sarah’s life is crumbling before her. As she sits in a room with Len and a lawyer to discuss how to bring their children as close to normality as possible, she is framed in the style of “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

At this point in the character’s development, she understands the amount of damage that she has caused in her recklessness yet at the same time she is ignorant of the fact that she is deliberately trying to avoid any form of responsibility. Mid-life crisis perhaps?

The selfishness of the Pfefferman children that Maura described in the pilot is not a constant as seen in Josh’s growing maturity. Sarah is filling the void that Josh has left which is apparent when she says that she has to start thinking about herself.

Speaking of Josh, Kathryn Hahn as Rabbi Raquel is an enlightening addition to the cast – mostly because Hahn can play anyone from Margaret Thatcher to Margaret of Anjou. She is a beam of light in a world of insanity, during Tammy’s crashing of Josh’s power party™, Raquel is the only character who is actively trying to comfort Tammy out.

This genuine care for others is what makes Raquel and Josh’s relationship raise a few red flags. Josh has not fully gained my trust at this point and a timer has been set in my psyche for when they finally break it in a destructive bound.

I remember reading somewhere that Piper in “Orange is the New Black” was simply a Trojan horse that would introduce the audience to the world of the prison before pushing Piper farther and farther away from our interests.

With that in mind is appear that Maura may be the same. She has been pushed away from the main storylines so far and this approach to welcome transgender people into mainstream society is ingenious. The wow factor of the first season has been disregarded to become a full show.

This can all be linked back to Jill Soloway who is a unique showrunner in that she has made her show a study of the Schreiber theory. Soloway introduced herself last year as a voice of transgender rights, now that she no longer has to stand on a soap box, she is experimenting with her own visual and literary aesthetic which has consistently been pleasing in both regards.

NOTE: I know I said that each review will be posted to open and close the weekend, but I think it’ll be much more manageable to post Friday and Monday. See you then!

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