Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s transcendent ode to longing creates some of the most inescapable structural gravities in recent memory. Spend a Saturday afternoon talking about the precision and elegance of the way structure works in this remarkable piece of time bound art.
We’re going to talk about direct address, structural reasons why season 2 is better than season 1, about Waller-Bridge’s use of systems, her breathtaking use of music and our preloaded associations with it. We’re going to talk about choices that characters make, and we’re going to talk about whether characters change. We’re going to talk about how magic is used, how god is used, and the difference between a guinea pig and a fox. We’re not going to talk about sex addiction, depression, or suicide. We’re not going to talk much about love and loss. The show does a brilliant job making meaning about all these things, better than you or I could do. So what we’re going to talk about instead is how the show is so gloriously good at doing what it does, and how it does it to you.
We are probably going to talk about the fact that hair is everything, however. Just warning you.