It’s time to talk about one of the most disturbing and upsetting episodes of television I’ve ever seen. This was so goddamn difficult to watch, to the point where I felt that maybe I wasn’t going to be able to get through it. I came very very close to turning it off. I’m glad I didn’t, but I have to admit that while I was greatly affected by this episode, it wasn’t my favorite of the series because it felt pretty heavy-handed.
I think part of it was the fact that things just weren’t adding up for me when it came to the explanation that Jem was giving Victoria. I didn’t understand certain things, like why people seemed to be prepared to see her when she comes out into the garden, or why the house seemed perfectly set up for her to go that way. Something just seemed really off from the beginning and it kept me on edge, waiting for the twist, so that when it finally came it really wasn’t the shock that I think it was intended to be. I was surprised at the nature of it, but not that things wound up being a trap/game.
I wonder whether you guys think that people today would go for this sort of thing, because Miles has way more faith in people than I do and he doesn’t think people would go for this. But I admit that I most definitely, without a doubt believe that plenty of people would be one hundred percent behind this sort of fucked up punishment. Mobs can justify doing shitty things to innocent people who don’t deserve it at all, I can only imagine what they could come up with for someone that they think does deserve it.
Since recording, I went back and watched the whole bit that was going on during the credits and i have to admit that it added an amazing element that I wish I had seen the first time around. She’s not a person to them at all, she’s an exhibit. She’s a game, an entertainment, and her crime almost doesn’t even seem to be at the forefront anymore, it’s an afterthought to justify this fucked up show that they are performing. While not my favorite, it was a great episode, and not one I’m likely to forget soon.
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