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Snowpiercer: A Wedding, A Survivor and A Tree

As it barrels straight into constructed and probably unavoidable hell, Snowpiercer finds itself still descending into chaos. And often when confronted with pure chaos humans turn to the simpler, easier emotions to grasp onto. Like love, loyalty and freedom. Whether the last option is an illusion or not, the biggest question aboard Snowpiercer hasn’t changed in three seasons: who are you loyal to? The good of train? Or the good of the people? By now it seems that’s having both was never in the cards.

On the pirated Snowpiercer Layton and his crew decide it’s time to reconnect with Wilford’s train. They’ve got the upper hand now that they have Asha, the survivor that Layton nearly froze to death saving. With her, convincing everyone that life outside of the train is possible will be easy and the overturn of Wilford is sure to follow. As they make their way back home, Layton obsesses with the tree he saw as he was freezing to death. And after some research he learns that it a specific kind of tree, an Dragon’s Blood Tree which only grows in the Arabian Peninsula. Which just so happens to be the final hot spot on Melanie’s data. Despite Till’s playful mockery, Layton decides his vision is a sign they’re going in the right direction.

Meanwhile we discover on Snowpiercer that Wilford has enlisted Javi, Kevin and Dr. Headwood to build an EMP which will disable all electronics on the pirated train when they return to reattach; leaving Layton and co to freeze death. He also finds an opportunity for himself in throwing a huge wedding for LJ and Osweiller. With the loss of Alex to Layton’s side, Wilford seems to be prepping LJ to take her place but it’s not the engine that Wilford wants LJ to rule over, it’s the passengers. And by making her the star of the train for at least one day, Wilford seems to have completely won LJ over. As most of the train begrudgingly celebrates, Ruth, Pike, Lights and Strong Boy scramble to disarm the EMP. But their time is cut short when Javi, in his panic to not get mauled again, alerts Kevin to what’s happening. In order to buy some time Ruth surrenders herself much to Kevin’s joy, and while she’s interrogated by Wilford the other three accidentally activate the EMP, leaving them with no choice but to throw it overboard. It works to destroy the device and give a bit of luck to Layton and crew, signaling to them where Wilford is and disarming Wilford’s ability to see them coming. Creating the perfect opportune moment for a surprise attack.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the second episode of season three is this, a little hope goes a long way. Even when the hope is being misdirected. Both Layton and Wilford instill hope in those that look up to them. Layton’s tends to lean more towards the good everyone while Wilford’s leans heavily on the good of the train. Its what drives Ruth to lead the resistance with Pike and the others and it’s what keeps LJ conniving every chance she gets, even when it means going against Osweiller. They both have visions of a future that can only come to fruition if they hold on tightly to the hope they’ve been given. The only real difference is that Layton’s hope comes from his heart, and Wilford’s comes from his greed. We saw a lot of this in the previous season but it’s even clearer now.

As exciting as the idea of a survivor from outside of the train is, it could go south very quickly. And not in terms of adding or taking away to the plot, but in the realm of believability. If Asha really has been surviving by simply living far underground in a nuclear plant, that puts a dimmer on the idea that passengers on Snowpiercer have no choice but to figure out how to keep the train and themselves going. The initial draw of Snowpiercer as a whole is the concept that there is nothing but survival aboard the train. I won’t completely dismiss the idea but it makes me hesitant that Snowpiercer might be going down a path that will ultimately pull it away from what brought its audience to it in the first place.

Finally, as big of a plot point as it was, the Loyal Wedding was more annoying than it was substantial. For three seasons we’ve been watching LJ whine her way to the top, even when she’s at her lowest all she has to do is get teary (or starry) eyed and suddenly temporary fixes are being dropped at her feet. I suppose it shines light on how white woman privilege can make it out alive and well in the apocalypse but I find myself wishing Wilford would have found someone else to fawn over. I’m still surprised that he didn’t attempt to take Winnie under his wing, a younger mind is much easier to influence than that of an older one. Though it doesn’t matter now, as LJ seems poised and ready to do whatever Wilford asks for her. Hopefully soon she’ll have a turn around like Ruth did, though she would be much harder to find trust in than our favorite deputy of Hospitality turned Resistance fighter.

All in all, the fast pace of season three promises more chaos to come with twists and turns at every resting point. Which is what makes the show as addicting as it is. As Layton and crew aim to reattach their pirated train, I find myself hoping they’re able to do so without completely going off the rails.

Snowpiercer airs Monday nights on TNT


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Snowpiercer: The Overheating Pirates and the Freezing Dictator

Snowpiercer has finally made its return to television with an action packed season premiere. Picking up six months after the wild S2 finale, we find ourselves dropped into the middle of tentative chaos. Upset and spiteful over being outsmarted by those he considers beneath him, Wilford is pushing his train to chase after the stolen part of Snowpiercer, he wants it plus Miss Audrey back and nothing is going to get in his way. Even if it means nearly freezing everyone aboard to death. Though the resistance, led by Ruth and Pike, is still strong and working hard despite the constant pressure. They still believe in the cause. On the Pirate Train, Layton is doing his best to help prove Melanie’s theory that the earth is warming. He along with Ben, Alex, Till and Josie struggle to keep a constantly overheating train going while keeping Miss Audrey, Sykes and a stowaway called Martin in check and in the dark. Both trains are teetering dangerously on the edge of something big but it’s still too early to tell if the explosion will be good or bad for either.

It’s a bit hard to tell who has it worse on which train, from the passengers freezing under Wilford to Ruth having to stay hidden out of sight at all times; then there’s also Javi who was viciously mauled by Wilford’s dog and is now being forced to drive the train with the dog sitting right at his feet. Whereas on the Pirate Train it might seem better but, the group is running out of perversions and always running hot. Underlying tensions rumble and bumble in different layers, Layton and Josie try to stay professional with each other considering that Zarah is having his baby. And Bess Till begins to speak up about not completely agreeing with everything Layton says. Miss Audrey has been confined to a jail in the library but is hell bent on getting back to Wilford. And even though this group is smaller, the pressure of keeping them alive still weighs heavily on Layton. If they broke away from Wilford for nothing, it’ll all be on him.

Right from the start, the most interesting thing about the season premiere is the new sets of dynamics. The compiled list of people on the Pirate Train is a mixed bag of characters. Sure we already know the friendship between Layton and Till, the romance between Layton and Josie but there are so many new angles to be enjoyed. For instance the budding friendship between Alex and Till, two characters that would probably never have much to do with each other if it weren’t for this breakaway mission. Both scenes of Alex talking Till through driving the train while she keeps it from overheating and Till talking Alex into going back for Layton after Miss Audrey nearly convinced her to leave him, set the stage for a great sister like relationship between them. Layton and Ben also seem much closer and even more so on the same page since last we saw them. While Melanie is still clearly the connecting factor between the two, the conversation flows easier between them now. Six months is a long time time to be stuck on such a tiny train compared to the thousands cars long Snowpiercer.

There’s also the issue of Miss Audrey, who went from a fan favorite to pretty much fan enemy number one. Her betrayal of Layton and the Resistance in S2 is still hurtful because she was such an important key in taking Wilford down. Now, whether it’s because she’s truly brainwashed or just playing a very long game, Miss Audrey journey in the new season will be under heavy scrutiny. And it’s not looking good so far, her attempt to take over the Pirate Train and force Alex to take them back to Wilford is stopped by wrench armed Till but doesn’t bode well at all. As fun as it is to dislike Miss Audrey, I admire her character development the same way I admire Ruth’s. The two of them have made such great personal leaps, even if Miss Audrey’s leaps are in the wrong direction. It’s nice to see such fleshed out women characters who are allowed to be flawed and grow. They’ve completely switched places and it’s one of the most interesting parts of the show.

In other storylines, Layton still finds himself firmly in the middle of Josie and Zarah. Every time he seems to be ready to settle down with one, something happens that pushes him into the arms of the other. Back in S1 when he finally starts to form something with Josie he is reunited with Zarah and she becomes pregnant, then in S2 as soon as he’s ready to be serious again with Zarah he has to leave her behind on Snowpiercer because it’s ultimately safer and sets out on the Pirate Train with Josie. It’s a literal seesaw love triangle. I personally have no preference to who Layton ends up with. However I do find Josie more compelling than Zarah, she isn’t perfect but Josie has been loyal to Layton from the get go, Zarah left him behind in the tail until her security in the front was threatened. The most interesting thing about Zarah is the fact she’s pregnant with Layton’s baby, and it seems Wilford thinks so too.

When it comes to Mr. Wilford, his determination is rock solid. He has his sights set on getting Miss Audrey back and making the Pirate Train crew pay. He’s still dangerously charming in everything he does, even when doing traumatizing things like rubbing ointment on Javi’s mauled face or eating dinner as his scientists poke long needles into Zarah’s belly to prod the baby. Also, he seems to be eating more this season. In nearly every scene he had tonight, Wilford was consistently eating. Which is terribly cruel seeing as how everyone else is practically starving. Though it does make me wonder, is he constantly eating as a way of coping with being outsmarted? Or does he do it to subconsciously show everyone else he holds all the power?

The premiere concludes with Layton returning from he and Josie’s rescue of Ben with an unconscious body on his shoulders. A woman who seems to have been surviving in the building Ben had fallen into. But that’s not all, after passing out from lack of power he now has flashing visions of a living tree in Africa. Which of course will only fuel him more to find the habitable warm spots that Melanie’s data points them towards.

What I’m most interested in for the season ahead are the smaller details. Things such as the new alliance between Ruth and Pike, a duo I would have never thought to put together. There’s also the fact that LJ and Osweiller now run the NightCar in Miss Audrey’s absence and turn information to Wilford whenever he asks for it. And Sykes loyalty to Wilford cracking when she refuses to help Miss Audrey and Martin try to take over the Pirate Train. The characters and their journeys are what keep me coming back each week. I have no gripes about the season three opener, it’s my favorite so far and makes me wish it was next Monday already. The promise of whats to come for Layton and his crew is enthralling.

Snowpiercer airs Monday nights on TNT


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Blindspotting: Weddings Bells or Prison Alarms?

For the past eight weeks every Sunday night Blindspotting has plucked it audiences from our couches and invited us into a little slice of Oakland life. It’s been the most creative event of the summer with the way it seamlessly slips spoken word and interpretive dance scenes side by side with real life discussions of hardships and trauma. So it’s not surprising that the season finale is bursting wide open and pulling out every last stop it has to make one final point.

Miles is transferring in a week which means seeing him regularly is going to be tough. It also means the reality that he’s going to be gone for five years is going to hit again. So in an effort to find some way to bring them closer despite the concrete ocean between them, Ashley decides that they’re going to get married. In the visitation block with the safety glass between them and the guards watching their every move. It’s not much and it’s definitely not a dream like wedding but the whole family has agreed, even Trish plus it’s the best comfort Ashley can come up with for herself. She needs this. After a hectic morning of reminding Rainey to find her ID, reassuring that Trish is going to wear actual clothes and Sean running around in his Sunday best; the family sets off to surprise Miles.

Meanwhile Earl starts his first day of work but the trauma of his ankle monitor has a tight grip on him. Not to mention James, his P.O, is still dismissive of his anxiety and seems to only be by his phone when it means telling Earl what time to be home. But once Earl is about to calm his budding panic, via probably the prettiest interpretative dance scene of the season, he finds a state of calmness and freedom we haven’t seen from him before. Until he’s told that there’s another boat coming in he’ll have to help with, which will make him get home late. It all goes downhill from there.

Like many things lately in Ashley’s life, there’s always a hiccup or two. In this case there are several before she even makes it through the metal detector. Including Trish’s grill getting stuck in place, Rainey’s ID being expired so she has to run home to get her passport, longtime family friend “Uncle Rick” refusing to ordain the wedding once he learns that Miles hasn’t actually consented to it and Janelle dropping the bomb that in Bali she was married and a stepmom. It’s a lot, but once she and Miles are finally in front of each other nothing else matters. And he might be shocked and insistent that Ashley doesn’t have to marry him out of guilt but she’s not hearing any of that. She knows him well enough to know that he wants to get married just like her, so they’re going to do the damn thing. If nothing else, the bond and love that two of them share is genuine and pure.

But while everything works out in Ashley’s favor, Earl spirals into turmoil. He’s home late, the light on his monitor is red, it’s over for him. As quickly as his new start began, it’s all going to come crashing down because without a doubt the police are on their way to arrest him. He’s not even going to get to say goodbye. He does manage to leave behind a note for Janelle and the others because by the time they make it home the only thing left behind is his extension chord. And as police sirens ring in the distance Ashely let’s us in on a little secret: everything that’s been going on since the first episode has happened within the span of one month.

“Bride or Die” may not be my favorite episode of the season but it definitely does it’s job as a finale. With so many moments that evoke a variety of emotions it’s hard to decide which was a favorite of the best. From Trish’s laugh out loud perfect comedic timing to the warmth of Janelle’s reveal and the heartbreak of Earl’s unfair downfall, the episode is full to the brim with moments of masterpiece. Even the spoken word poems and dances feel like a step up from previous episodes, despite the past ones not lacking at all. A hard bar to raise that is somehow risen higher.

To me, the best thing about the season finale is the last second reveal that everything we’ve witnessed in the past eight episodes occurs over the time of just one month. Simply because it puts a new perspective on the entire series as a whole, and puts even more focus on how terrible the prison system is and the effect it has on those not even incarcerated. In four weeks life has been ruined, uplifted, ruined and uplifted again. It’s not an exaggeration that there’s something different every single day.

Although the episode is pretty evenly divided, it’s Earl’s half that really leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Sure it sucks that Ashley and Miles had to kiss through a thick sheet of glass and will have to coordinate their sex lives for the next five years but it’s Earl that truly bears the brunt of the chaotic day. It’s fitting that his character is surrounded by dancers and spoken word, because the trauma he’s experiencing isn’t something that can be plainly stated. It has to be felt, and by the end of the episode Earl’s situation and the after effects this will have on him lingers with you. He is by far the most developed and interesting character of the show.

With a cameo from Utkarsh Ambudkar who told the hilarious Scorpion Bowl story in the original movie as a prisoner with just a one letter difference from Miles, and a phone cameo from Collin himself; the finale is probably the most ambiguous of the episodes. It lays the groundwork for could be an explosive second season, especially if Collin allows himself to return home.

Hopefully a renewal is on the way for Blindspotting as it would be a huge missed opportunity if Starz didn’t.


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Blindspotting: Ripple Effect

With only two episodes left in its season, Blindspotting decides to spend the second to last focusing on the youngest character. After being told that his father is going to be in jail for the next five years, Sean gets to have his very first visit with Miles. Which it’s goes pretty okay, until a prisoner has an outburst and all the inmates have to be removed. It’s a scary thing to witness for a six year old. And it will probably leave a lasting impression on him.

The family spends the rest of the day trying to cheer Sean up by taking him bowling. Everyone pitches in and puts on their best smiles for him, but he’s still less than enthusiastic. Even at one point asking to go home instead of finishing the game. As Sean depressingly bowls, Ashley, Rainey and Janelle bounce around ideas for how Miles and Ashley can remain close while he’s away. Leading to Rainey googling a prison program for family that offer visitation weekends instead of just an or so. It’s not much, but a weekend together every month is better than just an hour and actually would give them time to bond. It’s definitely something Ashley should think on.

Since it’s a family trip of course Trish has come along too, even Jacque is down for trying to cheer Sean up. But the two of them have other things on their minds, like starting a business that they run themselves. So it must be fate that none other than Cuddie the bank loaner shows up at the bowling alley. He’s there to practice with his team but is much more interested in Jacque. And though Trish might have lost him with her proposal he still put her on game of how to start up without him and the bank. They can do it, they just have to go about it in the right way. Starting with quitting the strip club.

With Sean’s complete disinterest in bowling the family decides to go back home. Once there they plan out a whole evening of activities to life Sean’s spirits including home baked treats, games, a dance party, karaoke and twister. But Sean remains upset through them all, until Earl begins to mess with him; poking and providing at Sean until they start to rough house and finally the little boy cracks a smile. Thus his bad mood is finally surpassed and everything starts to feel a little better. Meanwhile Trish and Jacque arrive at the strip club and quit, only for Carl to offer an investment into their business. It catches the girls by surprise but with the amount of money he’s offering they would be hard pressed to say no. So they strike a deal and Trish is lit about it, thoroughly convinced that she and Jacque can run a fetish service out of Rainey’s home. It’s either going to be brilliant or it’s going to be a disaster.

While this episode doesn’t seem as fast past as the previous one, it’s not without its moments of depth and complexity. A particular highlight of the episode is a moment between Ashley and Earl; after cheering up Sean and putting the living room back together he is wrapping up the night by literally collecting his extension cord. But Ashley wants to thank him for making Sean laugh and pulling him out of his mood, she tells Earl that he’s doing really good. Which seemed to be the general consensus. But according to Earl that couldn’t be farther from the truth. He’s been traumatized by his time in jail and that trauma isn’t going anywhere. It’s left him unsure of himself and how he’s supposed to move forward, he doesn’t even know if moving forward is possible. It’s a moment that pulls back down reality and further moves Earl out of the comedic relief zone he started in.

Another moment worth noting is that while bowling Sean momentarily imagined a prison guard bowling down inmates in the place of pins. The events of the morning have already rooted a fear inside him. It’s going to be hard for a six year old to come to terms with his father being taken away like this. A smaller detail that I find not being talked about much is the fact Rainey’s persistent memory problem. It seems as the season goes along she’s having more and more trouble remembering things. And it’s unclear if anyone close to her even notices.

The audience was also treated to a sweet and beautiful scene when Sean asks Ashley to sing him to sleep. It’s always a pleasure getting to hear Jasmine Cephas-Jones sing and here she doesn’t disappoint at all. Hopefully if renewed for a second season Blindspotting will find more reasons for her to heavenly voice to be heard. With the season finale on the way, Blindspotting has a few things to clear up and of course seeds to plant for future development. It would most certainly be a mistake for Starz not to allow the uniqueness of this show to continue to expand.

Blindspotting airs Sunday nights on Starz


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Blindspotting: Honey Brown Child

Since it’s first episode Blindspotting hasn’t been afraid to bring up tough, often controversial, conversations. It’s here to entertain us but the show is also here to make us think, to ask us the tough questions that audiences often seek to avoid in the content they consume. So it’s no surprise that Blindspotting did it’s best to cover the topic of what qualifies or disqualifies a brown skinned person as Black. Plus Ashley gets a much needed self care date in which she debates about telling Sean where Miles is. It’s a heavy episode but a much needed one.

One of the biggest issues in the Black community is the constant debate of whether or not someone is “Black enough” to be considered a Black person. It’s always a hot debate what circumstances and situations can either provide someone with a Black card or take their Black card away. Have you seen The Wiz? Do you know Who Let The Dogs Out? Why did Craig get high on Friday? How much sugar do you put in your Kool-Aid? Hot sauce, yes or no? The ways a persons Blackness can be tested is endless. And in episode six of Blindspotting, Mama Nancy tries to test Sean’s Blackness only to be disappointed in his answers and preferences. Which in turn sparks a huge debate between herself, Janelle, Earl and Trish.

Sean’s favorite movies include John Wick 1 & 2 along with Paddington and it’s sequel. Four movies that aren’t exactly ripe with Black people. This revelation appalls Nancy and when she asks Sean what color he is, his response of “honey brown” does even less to soothe her. He can’t even handle a single hot Cheeto. When she brings this to the attention of Janelle and Earl they both have very different view points on Sean and his Blackness. Janelle is firm in her stance that because Sean is mixed he’ll never really have the full Black experience. He may be Black but he is not the same kind of Black that dark skinned Janelle is. Earl, understands this, but he is against the idea that Blackness can be qualified by outside circumstances. Because he himself is dark like Janelle but he grew up in the “nice” part of Oakland, his parents love each other and are still together but yet Earl still ended up in jail on a drug charge. Does his upbringing take away his Black card only for his time in jail to return the card to him?

According to Trish, yes, that’s exactly how Blackness should work for Earl. Because at the end of the day he got his Black card back. To Trish, Blackness comes in all shades and it’s all valid but she very clearly understands that where you grow up, how you live your life and your environment factor into the way outside perspectives on Blackness are created. However where she’s coming from triggers Janelle, because all of her life she has been the dark skinned friend and rarely anything more. In school everyone clamored to hold Ashley’s attention because of how light she is and how much hair she has, though in the same breath that they praised Ashley they critiqued and put down Janelle. Colorism is a huge problem in the Black community and it’s often overlooked for more “important” issues, like what makes some Black. The same way everyone at the table comforted Janelle but went back to talking about the qualifications of Blackness instead of diving deeper into colorism and the way it affects the community as a whole.

By now though, Nancy probably slightly regrets even bringing the situation up because the debate at her dinner table is getting hotter and hotter while going nowhere. So she settles it by telling them that the conversation as a whole is Black privilege because she comes from a time where Black people didn’t have time to argue over what makes a person Black or not, they had bigger problems to solve and today there are bigger problems to solve. But that doesn’t mean the conversations on what makes some Black and what doesn’t should stop happening.

Meanwhile Ashley’s spiraling farther and farther into turmoil over how to tell Sean that Miles is in jail. So she takes herself on a date to a spot she frequently went to with Miles. Though in her head she’s not alone, the imaginary Miles is with her. He’s here to guide her and help her through this. Though that’s a bit hard because this isn’t the real Miles, every response or solution he gives Ashley can’t really be considered his because this version of him is coming from Ashley herself. A complex mess.

But talking to this Miles really does help Ashley think and come to conclusions on how to push forward. She’s known all along that it’s way past time to tell Sean his father is in jail. But just like she’s scared that Miles is starting to see her as disloyal, Ashley is also scared of bursting the innocent child bubble that surrounds Sean. No mother wants to be the reality crusher in their child’s world. But as imaginary Miles points out, it’s gotten to the point where Ashley is acting as if Miles is dead instead of just away for a while. And the longer she puts it off the harder Sean is going to take it. So Ashley puts on her game face and heads home to tell Sean what’s going on with his dad. After correcting his babysitters and letting them know that Sean has in fact seen The Wiz, that’s one part of his Blackness they don’t need to question, Ashley takes him home and the episode ends with an emotional close of her explaining to Sean that Miles is going to be in jail for five years. She even does her best to soften the blow by switching his bedtime story to one of the books Rainey bought earlier in the season. She might be weeks late, but at least now Ashley will be able to move forward and this unbearable weight isn’t pinning her down anymore.

To me, a big reason Blindspotting is so compelling is because of the chemistry between Ashley and Miles. They are in this together, forever. So much that Miles is all Ashley can ever think about. So much that, as it turns out, Miles is in jail for something that Ashley did. At least that’s what’s been insinuated, although Ashley’s non anger at Miles would make all the more sense now. It’s not so much of a plot twists but a reveal that I think many suspected, but that doesn’t make it any less relatable. They are after all whether whatever storm comes their way, even one that means five years of separation.

As much as I love Ashley and Miles, this episode belongs to the supporting characters. The conversation at Nancy’s dinner table easily toppled Ashley’s when to tell Sean struggle. It’s nice when the side and supporting characters have development and content that can exist outside of the protagonist. Not often that Black audiences are treated to open, honest and clear conversations about the inner workings of our community. Even in the new age of television, there are certain topics that many shows skirt around and absolutely avoid. Colorism and the qualifications of Blackness are two of the biggest ones. I’ve been waiting for Janelle to show any kind of resentment towards Ashley because of the way others treated the two of them as a collective. She mentioned it a bit before, in her smoke session with Earl but “Ghost Dad” is the first time we’re really getting to see how Janelle feels about it. Especially her comment about how Ashley’s hair could look however and was considered good but her combed and styled Afro puffs only got Janelle flack and peer pressure to flatiron them out. Tv is full of too many Ashley and Janelle like friendships, the lighter of the two is the center of attention while the darker skinned is regulated to the sassy best friend. Janelle as a character only edges out of that category because we’ve been shown that her world doesn’t revolve around whatever Ashley or Trish have going on. It’s a nice change and a much needed one, but I’m still hoping for even more Janelle.

Another thing I appreciated about this episode was the use of Trish in it. She is the textbook definition of a light skinned Black girl, but Trish seems to be aware of it. Where other shows simply take the easy route and make it seem like everyone hates on the light skins girls because they’re pretty, Blindspotting acknowledges Trish’s beauty but they also spotlight the fact she can be unhinged and mean and no one thinks it’s cute. Trish’s in-depth understanding of circumstances and environments having a direct relationship with how a person behaves makes her more of a relatable character. I had worried a bit at the beginning of the season that she would be nothing more than the wild, unnameable stripper sister in law; it’s great to been shown that couldn’t be farther from the case. Trish is wild, but she’s also intelligent. Even if she did get caught up on being likened to Doja Cat during the serious discussion of Blackness.

Also, we’re getting closer and closer to Janelle and Earl figuring out that they might like each other as more than friends. I find myself having a soft spot for this budding relationship because it seems so wholesome, something that’s being build out of genuine mutual like. Even if they don’t know or haven’t realized that they like each other yet. I’m especially here for a Black love romance that isn’t centered around any kind of trauma or abuse or hardship. Janelle and Earl are sweet, I hope that it’s something they can uphold if/when they do finally get together.

With only two episodes left, Blindspotting is pulling out all the stops and holding nothing back. I can’t help but cherish this episode because I don’t know when another show will come along and discuss these kind of topics this well. Blindspotting has managed to find the perfect blend of drama, comedy and musical theater. As great as the conversation on what qualifies Blackness was, it was equally appealing to watch the prison inmates interpretive dance around Ashley and Sean as she prepared herself to tell him. Whatever formula the creative team cooked up to make this show is, it’s something they should try to see if they can bottle and sell because shows don’t get much better than this.

Blindspotting airs Sunday nights on Starz