performer | Selena Gomez
the offer | Only the murders in the building
the ring | “flipping pieces(August 2, 2022)
the performance | Week after week, Gomez delivers emotionally intelligent performances, as he masterfully mines Mabel Moura’s shock. But it was Tuesday’s episode, which got to the root of her eclectic memory, that gave Gomez her greatest show ever.
A lot of Mabel’s journey, especially in season 2, had to do with her desire to escape from her past and start over. You can sense in Gomez’s soft tone how much it hurts Mabel to remember those she’s lost, and tells Theo how hard it was to walk through the front gate of Archonia, only to be reminded of Zoe, or to walk through Tim’s door. He is haunted by visions of his dead body. But in order to shed her psychological scars, Mabel first had to face the greatest of them all: the loss of her father to stomach cancer when she was just seven years old.
“I didn’t know how to deal with his death, so I didn’t,” she said to Theo, hesitating after each word as if this was the first time she had discussed his death out loud. “Instead, I flipped the pieces in my mind until I could no longer see the image.”
But as she continued to talk about it so candidly, there was also a real sense of relief, which manifested itself not only in Gomez’s sensitive birth, but in her eyes. When she flipped the metaphorical puzzle pieces in her mind and watched them float away, all Gomez needed was one teardrop to express the weight lifted off Mabel’s chest. Her wounds didn’t magically heal – only now she could fully access her memory of the rabbit dying in her arms – but she was able to move on and find a way to live with her pain, instead of putting it away.
honorary | Dallas Goldtooth constantly one of booking dogs“The brightest stars and in This week’s premiere, the actor did not disappoint. As Spirit, a Native American mystic from Bear, he arrives, french fries in hand, to enrage the protagonist and impart even more semi-wisdom. The comedian presented his lines with cleverness and confidence… until he hilariously admitted that he didn’t know what it all meant either. “I’m just making it as I go ahead!” He threw a fry in the bear’s face, quoting “Carry On My Wayard Son” and was away, leaving us with stitches. Character isn’t something you want or expect in a guardian angel (what other spiritual guidelines feed into “sacred tension”?), which allowed Goldtooth to ridicule stereotypes. And the Honoring his people’s past, all in one very entertaining stroke. Perhaps most importantly, it left us wanting more.
honorary | as much as Little Liars: Original Sin It is a show about the dangers of serial killers masked with a scarecrow, and it is also a show about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters – especially when one of them dies. So while we thought it would be painful to watch Imogen communicating with her mother via a Ouija board in Episode 4Nothing can prepare us for the devastating journey Billy Madison It will take us in just three minutes. What began as a gentle attempt to rekindle a relationship with a missing loved one soon turned into a desperate interrogation. With each emotional inquiry, Imogen was delving deeper into her grief until the only way out was anger and anger. The fact that Madison was basically acting the opposite of anyone didn’t make this agonizing performance more impressive.
honorary | systas Viewers may be frustrated with Karen (and rightfully so) for not being able to accept Zach’s move, but if Karen is in denial that means getting more shows like the ones we’ve seen from ebony obsidian in Wednesday episodeWe are in no hurry to help her see the light. The pain in Karen’s voice when she arrived at Andi’s apartment to reframe her experience set an immediate tone for what would become a very heartbreaking scene to watch. She could sense the weight of the truth as she began to approach Karen, a woman on the verge of – no, in the middle of – a nervous breakdown. Angry at Zach for rejecting her but equally angry at herself for wasting so much time on him, Obsidian seized Karen’s burden and moved it in a way that felt raw and real. While we’ve often wanted to reach for the TV and shake off some Karen’s sense of humor, our hands are now simply applauding Obsidian’s powerful work.
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