Enter Kirby Howell-Baptiste – “The Sandman” Episode 6

THE ACTOR | Kirby Howell-Baptiste

THE SHOW | Netflix The Sandman

THE RESULT | “The Sound of Her Wings” (5 August 2022)

THE PERFORMANCE | It may sound strange to say that we want more death in our lives, but now this The Sandman‘s first season will be streaming on Netflix, that’s certainly the case.

Episode 6 of the comic adaptation introduces Howell-Baptiste as Dream’s sister Death, who turns out to be a not-so-savage Grim Reaper. Series co-creator Neil Gaiman recently told TVLine that in order for the show to work, “you have to have a death to fall in love with. You have to have a death that’s the kind of person you’re like, right away, “Yes, I want to see you at the end of my life.” Howell Baptiste is that person, in spades.

Although she only appears in one episode, that is Good place Alum immediately dominates the screen, providing a very welcome foil for the show’s highly emotional titular character. Howell-Baptiste exudes lightness in every gesture, from the nonchalant way she leans against a park bench to the way she gently kneels down next to an older man’s chair and chats gently with him before throwing him into the kidnapped from beyond.

As Death Morpheus later recalls, she’s been around forever, and what was once an exhaustion at her job has turned into an appreciation of her uniqueness and an awe of her responsibility. Howell-Baptiste truly makes us believe that death feels like a part of human existence despite being so thoroughly outside of it: her warm smile and gentle laying on of hands as she approaches the dying conveys the importance with which the figure regards her purpose.

The best thing about Howell-Baptiste’s performance, however, is the way she plays up Death’s refusal to take herself — and especially her brooding brother — too seriously. Her loving, rousing speech in the park, her gentle ripping, her barely-restrained eye roll: it all made us wish she was around more in season one (and hope she’ll be there in a possible season 2).

Evil-li-jun-li season 3 episode 9 performanceAWARD | Peaceful silence, your name is Li Jun Li’s grace. Li’s representation of diabolical‘s returning prophetess reached heavenly heights on Sunday’s episode, as the religious visionary faced more onscreen turmoil than in over one season. The calm that Li always fills her character with served her well in silly (with David bouncing the giant beach ball) and cute (giving Laura much-needed hope in the ball pit) scenes, and then was abandoned – for good reason, and too great effectiveness! – as she sobbed and prayed for Monsignor Korecki in the hour of his violent death. Li surrendered completely to Grace’s torment, forcing out a whispered Last Rites as the priest succumbed to his injuries. The shock of Li’s death was the perfect mirror for us.

western worldAWARD | It was unpredictable how the reunion between western world’s Frankie and Caleb, So would be a long time coming. In fact, Aurora Perrineau and Aaron Paul had to navigate a whirlwind of emotions. There was intense intensity at first as Caleb didn’t recognize his savior and used it to pin her against a wall. But when Frankie’s “Dad, it’s me” came out, followed by her reminiscence of childhood memories, Caleb’s spirits melted. Warm looks of recognition flooded every actor as father and daughter processed the unlikely. “You look just as I remember you,” Frankie said, and Perrineau’s eyes were one of disbelief and love. “I can’t believe how much you’ve grown,” Caleb marveled as Paul went into proud parent mode. In an hour of death and destruction, this family reunion stood out and The wait was worth it.

Better Call Saul Carol Burnett Marion Season 6 Episode 12AWARD | At first we thought Carol Burnett would join Better call SaulThe last few episodes of were just a fun little cameo by a comedy legend, but then she came out and wowed us this week with a surprisingly complex and dramatic performance. As Jeff’s elderly mother, Marion, Burnett showed the wisdom of her years when she caught Gene slipping during a phone call, her curious eyes registering the mistake without telling Gene. Then she had nerves of steel when Marion confronted Gene about his lies and secret identity, even making him feel guilty for a moment as she sadly croaked, “I trusted you.” Burnett’s legacy as a TV icon There’s no question about it, but it’s nice to see that she can still add to that legacy – at 89! – with finely calibrated work like this one.

Which performance(s) knocked your Socks out this week? Tell us in the comments!

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