What I Watched This Week: 19 Aug 2018

Sharp Objects – “Falling” (A)
A devastating penultimate episode, as Camille’s history of bad decisions leads her to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Richard comes away with more questions than answers digging into Camille’s past, but it’s clear my theory was right, though we’ll find out the extent to which I was right next week.

Who Is America? – “106” (C)
Each segment was just profoundly unfunny, with the food critic eating prison food coming closest to scoring laughs. And man, if you can’t find a way to make fun of Jill Stein. What are you even doing?

The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis (B)
Willis is a good sport, but the show follows the same formula: a somewhat funny comedian gets a few burns, a hot new comic tries to make a name for himself/herself, a D-lister shows up to do a terrible job, and Jeff Ross shows why he’s the king. This roast was only transcendent when Ed Norton got up and gave a bitter monologue about how he acts his ass off but doesn’t have much to show for it. (OK, the Demi Moore cameo was pretty great, too.)

Orange Is the New Black – Season 6 (B average)
After what might be its strongest season yet, the show had no idea where to go after that, so it tried a bit of everything: new characters, new setting, new conflicts. But along the way it lost some crucial characters, tried some plotlines that went nowhere and lost its focus. But the last three episodes made it a journey worth taking, with its finale in particular serving as a gut-punch as characters are denied justice, with black and brown women suffering while the white woman goes free.

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