• Red Oaks: 1.9 The Bar Mitzvah and 1.10 Labor Day Review

    This week’s episodes mark the end of the 5-week journey that is my review of Amazon’s Red Oaks, and also the end of season 1. They are the emotional climax and conclusion of the entire first season. Get ready for the feels. In “The Bar Mitzvah”, Karen finds out...
  • Red Oaks: 1.7 Body Swap and 1.8 After Hours Review

    This week on Red Oaks, we get an homage to an 80s classic, and spend some time in the Big Apple. Misty and Wheeler get some time alone, and David and Skye happen. I continue to feel conflicted about all of it. “Body Swap” can be considered the Freaky...
  • Red Oaks: 1.5 Fourth of July and 1.6 Swingers Review

    I feel like Red Oaks does not hit its stride until episodes 5 and 6. They were so good that I had to go look up the directors. Hal Hartley directed “Fourth of July”, and Nisha Ganatra directed “Swingers”. If you only ever watch two episodes of Red Oaks,...
  • Red Oaks: 1.3 The Wedding and 1.4 MDMA

    Amazon’s comedy about the 80s is definitely worth the laughs, and you’ll love all of the likable supporting characters. I’m only 4 episodes in, so I don’t know if I’ll ever like David, but there’s still time. In “The Wedding”, David assists Barry in taping a wedding at the...
  • Red Oaks: 1.1 Pilot and 1.2 Doubles Review

    I am not against a good and raunchy 1980s comedy, regardless of when it was actually made, but Amazon’s Red Oaks seemed to be right up my alley. The best way to describe it would be a coming of age story, like most of those 1980s teen movies that...
  • Transparent: 1.9/1.10: ‘Looking Up’/ ‘Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?’ Review

    So, season one of Transparent ended with a distinct “all the damn vampires” moment. All of the twists, turns, and drama have lead up to a single exclamation from Maura that is a quintessential summary of the season. Fittingly, “Why Do We Cover the Mirrors?” ends with the Pfefferman...
  • Transparent: 1.5/1.6 ‘Wedge’/ ‘The Wilderness’ Review

    Maura totally kicks ass in ”Wedge” and “The Wilderness” as she becomes more confident about who she is among her family as well as in public spaces, and the negotiation between public and private selves and the concern for public reputation drives a lot of the action in these...
  • Transparent 1.3/1.4: ‘Rollin’/ ‘Moppa’ Review

    In “Moppa” and “Rollin’” Pfeffermans endure setbacks that all essentially stem from their own character flaws as well as how a binarist, kyriarchical society shapes how people act and think about gender roles and gender expressions. At the end of “The Letting Go,” the three Pfefferman siblings felt the...