THE ARTIST | jose quinn
THE SHOW | Strange things
THE EPISODE | “The Hellfire Club” (May 27, 2022)
PERFORMANCE | In a way, Hawkins High cheerleader Chrissy spoke for all of us when, on the Season 4 premiere of the Netflix hit, she told her drug-dealing classmate Eddie, “You’re not what I thought you were. you would be”. Our introduction to the character found her playing her Charisma up to 11 while the rowdy outsider was in court with the Hellfire Club, enjoying being the center of attention in the cafeteria while alternating between entertaining and intimidating her fellow students. So at first we thought exactly what Eddie wanted us to think: that he was a terrifying freak.
However, when the eldest of elders was alone with Chrissy, Quinn downplayed the larger-than-life aspects of her alter ego, revealing that beneath her no-f—ks-to-dar persona and heavy metal hairstyle lurked. a good faith cute that was both funny and charming. In fact, the sincere sweetness that Quinn brought was so endearing that we started shipping Eddie and Chrissy. Yes, right there, on the spot, I was that cute with her
However, the actor still had more to show us in his first Strange things appearance. After Eddie presided over the climax of their Dungeons and Dragons campaigned with the flashy spectacle of a circus ringleader, Quinn, in a scene we won’t describe here, so as not to spoil it for pokey binge watchers, took the teenager in no time from curious to concerned, then from panic to utter horror. who let out the kind of scream that other screamers hear and goes, “Whoa.” All in all, Quinn’s debut was as auspicious as it sounds.
HONORABLE MENTION | Throughout the second episode of The time traveler’s wife, star Theo James carried his character’s deep and lingering pain as Henry dealt with the loss of his mother at a young age. Because time travel takes him back to the tragic memory again and again, the adult Henry never moved on, and the pain of that heelless wound was evident on James’ face for countless moments. The actor was especially moving in the final scene, when Henry and Clare listened to an audio recording of her mother answering a question from Clare that her future self had asked them in the past. With gasping breaths and tears, James finally broke down the last of Henry’s walls and showed us both the beauty and the pain of time travel.
HONORABLE MENTION | for six seasons of Better call Saul, we’ve loved hating Howard Hamlin, the slick lawyer played by Patrick Fabian. But now we can see that Fabian was quietly creating a complex character beneath those immaculate suits. He was fantastic in this week’s midseason finale, first comically flustered by Jimmy and Kim’s long-running con that made Howard seem like a ranting, delusional drug addict. (It should be noted that Fabian has underestimated comedic skills.) But he really shined when Howard later confronted Jimmy and Kim about his little scheme, and Fabian let the pain enter Howard’s voice as he wondered why they were so intent on ruining his life. Unfortunately, the episode turned out to be Howard Hamlin’s swan song, but Fabian made sure to go out on a high note.
HONORABLE MENTION | Now here’s a first for us: recognizing a performance that took place years ago, but wasn’t released until this week. But we are the great Ron Cephas Jones scene in We areThe series finale was included, because it turned out to be one of the most memorable moments in the highly emotional hour. Like a flashback to season 1, Jones effortlessly conveyed a nostalgic regret as William reflected on the beautiful strangeness of being a grandfather: someone who loves a child so unconditionally, yet is only in that child’s life for a moment. short time. Jones was unfailingly great throughout the series, but we were especially taken with how he was able to combine wonder, sadness, and abiding joy in just a few lines, captured seasons ago. The look on Jones’s face as William looked at his granddaughters? That is something we will remember for years to come.
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