Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hindsight: Episode 5

5. ...Then I'll Know
Becca pitches an interview with REM to her boss and is assigned to write the article for it, which means dragging Lolly along to Chapel Hill for their concert. Paige joins the fun, getting them the tickets through her personal connections. The interaction in the car gets awkward when certain issues are brought up. They crash Lolly’s dad’s place for the night, unearthing issues between the two. She later meets her chidhood friend Kevin (Steve Talley). Becca and Paige head out to grab the tickets, but run into into trouble with their bickering. They eventually bond over Alanis after being stopped by a police officer. Jamie brokers peace between Andy and Sean over a few beers and some Dungeons and Dragons tutorials. When Melanie joins in, she and hits it off right the way with Sean over a game of pool, making Andy uncomfortable. He leaves the bar alone half-drunk. After Becca writes her REM story, they pass by Spring Lake on the drive home and she remembers Andy. They stop by the lake house and she invites him over, but a car accident gets in the way.

I’m beginning to love Paige, and Becca is becoming just too childish. But it’s good that they end up getting along. They can learn a lot from each other given their opposite personalities. What I like about the episode, though, is how it focuses on Lolly somehow, with all the daddy issues. And it’s not just her, the guys also have some fun and it’s not just drunk talk but also some honest reflections about life. It’s good when supporting characters are not just supporting. They are human beings too, with their own lives to live and a story to tell. I hope we get more of that in the next episodes. For now, at least we have more background story about Paige and Lolly. And of course we have the music, which is probably the next best reason why I decided to give this a chance. The set list for each episode always accomplishes its purpose, which is to bring you back to the good old days. It doesn’t matter if it’s just playing in the background. It still triggers nostalgia. I guess that’s why a lot of 90’s kids love this show.

You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)
Nightswimming (R.E.M.)

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