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Masters of Sex “Parliament of Owls” Review (3×01)

12 Jul


“We ARE the Sexual Revolution.”

As the third season of Masters of Sex begins, we arrive at a critical point in the Masters/Johnson journey. Their new book, Human Sexual Response, has just been released, and they’re facing a wave of scrutiny as their work reaches the masses. And it’s not only the turning point from private to public in terms of their work; their private lives at home are shifting as their kids grow up and attempt to figure out the world. These parallels aren’t exactly subtle in nature–especially once their kids start exploring their own sexuality—but they’re still interesting comparisons to delve into for the show.

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Masters of Sex “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Review (2×12)

29 Sep


“The key is, it takes both of you to make a leap of faith, of trust, working together.”

A high level of trust is needed to be intimate with someone, to bare all like so many people do in this finale. The highest level of trust–the deepest bond–that we see is between our two central figures, Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters, and the interesting thing about this relationship is that the more they trust each other, the harder they fall. By putting faith in each other, by trusting each other, by working together, they wind up losing the other people in their lives.

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Masters of Sex “Manhigh” Review (1×12)

16 Dec

ab287127c84743dac3b8ec0e0c30d86dSome very quick thoughts coming up….

-I couldn’t go to bed without talking about this show and how wonderful the debut season has been. It’s crafted some brilliant characters and is home to some of the best acting and writing on television. Thank you, Michelle Ashford and co.

-On Bill Masters: One of the fundamental aspects of his character is his desire to separate emotions from life, but that doesn’t mean he’s heartless; why would he need to separate those emotions if he didn’t have them in the first place? Anyway, I think this episode does a nice job of tearing down the success that Masters thought he could obtain and showing us the consequences of the bad aspects of his character. Everything’s been stripped away after that presentation, and he heads to the only two places/people he knows: his office and Virginia. For him, Virginia is the only person who can truly understand him and what he cares about, and they fill each others’ needs for acceptance more so than do “perfect” spouses like Ethan and Libby (Libby really is perfect, though); yet, this mutual trust can only develop in the situations they’re in at that moment. So, the final scene, albeit a little cheesy, ultimately works because it’s such a huge step for Masters; in addition, it doesn’t skimp on the importance of Virginia having a choice.

-Oh man, is that Scully storyline–give Beau Bridges and Allison Janney some awards–heartbreaking or what? in fact, it’s a contrast to Bill-Virginia; Barton and Margaret may deeply care about each other, but then they attempt to remedy their lack of passion through awful “treatments” and such. Instead of separating sex and emotion, they see them as essentially the same thing. They have the perfect marriage on paper, but not in real life.

-It’s great to see Bill take the fall for Scully like that; Scully’s someone he truly respects, and I’m not surprised he does this.

-Hey, Lester and Jane kiss.

-Lillian’s slowly grown into one of the best, most complex characters on the show. At the start, there was a mutual grudging respect between her and Virginia, but their bond strengthened over the weeks; it’s now a deep friendship. For Virginia, Lillian represents both opportunity and the lack of opportunity, and she’s a big part of Gini’s evolution.

-“I can spot a statistically average masturbator from a mile away.”

And with that, I bid you farewell until next season, Masters of Sex. I’m looking forward to it.



Photo credit: Showtime, Masters of Sex

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