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‘Dickinson’ Season 2 Review: Sexy, Sophisticated, & A Seriously Must-Watch Series
The Peabody Award-winning series, starring Hailee Steinfeld, returns for season two on AppleTV+ and it was well worth the wait.
I’ll be honest – I’m late to the game with Dickinson, having only just discovered it during my recent holiday quarantine. But I watched it, beginning to end, in a single day. Then, I rewatched it again the next day. Then, I rewatched the ‘Wild Nights’ episode and ‘We Lose – Because We Win’ episode two more times. In short, it’s probably a good thing I waited so long, because I don’t think I could’ve stood the wait for season two, which finally debuted on January 8th.
If you’re still sitting on this Apple TV+ genre-defying show, here’s what you’re missing: Created by playwright Alena Smith and starring Hailee Steinfeld as the titular character, Dickinson takes a radical look at the formative years of the infamous American poet, Emily Dickinson. To be clear – this is not some dry bio-series, and you don’t need to love her poetry to fall madly in love with the show (although you might after you’ve watched).
Dickinson is a wild, modernized story of the woman who was ahead of her time, and who mostly hid her greatness from the world. The characters and basics are rooted in facts, but from there, Smith and Steinfeld, who is also an executive producer, lets Emily’s poems act as the starting points in creating an immerse, hilarious, sexy interpretation of her life. The show is a delicate threaded needle, weaving between period and modern melodrama, with clothes coming straight out of the 1850’s, but language and music carefully curated from the generation of today.
The show is sharp and funny, but it’s also weird, experimental, and, most excitingly, unpredictable. And with season two, things go to a whole new level. The cast is exceptional, grounded by the extraordinary talents of Steinfeld, who can transition from charismatic to crushingly sad with astonishing ease. Then, the show is really brought to life by a captivating, up-and-coming young cast: the quiet scene-stealer, Adrian Blake Enscoe, the comedic heartbeat of the show, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ella Hunt, who deserves to be a household name after her incredibly layered performance this season.
The audience returns to Emily’s life many months after she watched her best friend and secret love, Sue (Ella Hunt), marry her brother Austin (Adrian Blake Enscoe) and quite literally fly off together. In the final moments of season one, Emily also finally confronts her father to insist that she is a writer, and vows she’ll fight to be published. And so, we find her in season 2, on the precipice of change. Let’s look at the first 3 episodes:
Episode One Recap : Before I got my eye put out
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