October 30 – November 5
“Wear It” | Pitch
If you’re still somehow not watching Pitch drop whatever it is you’re doing and change this because if there’s at least one new show you should be watching, this is it. Pitch is revolutionary and the massive reason of its success is due to its lead character, Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker. In the six episodes that have graced our screens, Bunbury has brought Ginny to life with enough heart to make us care for her as though she’s been around for ages. And in “Wear It” especially, Bunbury displayed a side of Ginny we hadn’t seen before — she has panic attacks.
Personally, what I found to be the most incredible detail was the fact that the attacks weren’t showcased in an extreme matter. The subtle breathlessness and poignant fear in her eyes were enough to make the attacks palpable. And her breakdown in between the infectious laughter was even more heartrending revealing the very emotions that are haunting Ginny at her core. Ginny Baker is far from okay and Kylie Bunbury made sure we could see that long before the character admitted it herself.
In order to have the breakdown resonate with the audience, Bunbury needed to do a lot of subtle work that’d reveal the intensity of her pain. She needed to showcase absolute freedom and bliss in order for the internal prison to appear darker and more overwhelming. And that’s exactly what happened. When Ginny breaks down crying, it’s easy to feel for her. It’s easy to see how burdened and perplexed she is with the amount of attention that’s on her. And Bunbury conveyed that heartache acutely.
“Career Days” | This Is Us
This Is Us’ casting department has done an exquisite job of choosing actors who’ve done impeccable work and continue to do so with every passing episode. It’s as if there’s a contractual obligation that they must be able to effortlessly evoke “ugly crying” out of viewers. So far, there hasn’t been a single episode that didn’t resort me into a blabbering mess afterwards, but Ventimiglia’s work this week has left me floored.
When Jack tells Randall he never wants him to forget that he’s special, I was a goner. Ventimiglia did a remarkable job of communicating unparalleled adoration — the type a father carries to eternity for his child. And it was that tearful response declaration that undoubtedly resonated with Randall the most. He may have been young and confused, but he’d remember this moment to the end. He’d remember the fact that he’s someone who’s able to make his father proud solely by being himself.
“Dark Waters” | Once Upon A Time
When it comes to conveying fear and distress, no one does it with the subtle brilliance that’s seemingly effortless for Jennifer Morrison. In Once Upon A Time’s “Dark Waters” Morrison was seamlessly able to say a 1000 words with a single expression. When Killian tells Emma he went against her desires by keeping the shears, it isn’t anger we see in Emma — it’s fear. As much as she wants to believe her family is capable of saving her, at the end of the day, there’s still a part of her who’s terrified death awaits her. And when the two embrace after Emma forgives Killian, Morrison reveals those fears through the expressiveness in her eyes and weariness in her physicality. Morrison makes it clear that there’s a part of Emma (though small) who wishes there was an alternate solution to their dilemma
Who were your favorite performers of the week? Additionally due to time constraints, for the time being we’ll be combining Performance reviews into one post.