THE ARTISTS | Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Jack Quaid, Jessie T. Usher, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.
THE SHOW | The young
THE RESULT | “Herogasm” (June 24, 2022)
THE PERFORMANCE | Given the potentially record-breaking Nookie crowds this week The young, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Herogasm is above all a deeply emotional and brilliantly satirical hour of television, featuring so many stunning performances from the Prime Video hit’s cast that it’s impossible to single out just one. So we decided to acknowledge them all.
Let’s start with Laz Alonso, whose vengeful MM finally gets to the heart of his long-running feud with Soldier Boy (a brilliantly dense alpha-male Jensen Ackles) with an extended monologue. Alonso infuses what is essentially four minutes of exposition with quiet vulnerability, layering every syllable with a mixture of pain, regret, anger, heartbreak and ultimately fear for his family’s safety.
Meanwhile, Alonso’s interaction with the deftly blank Erin Moriarty (as Annie/Starlight) elicits some of the biggest laughs of the episode. The duo emit perfectly calibrated beats of shock, awe, and uneasiness — not to mention immaculate comic book timing — as they take in the superhero orgy unfolding around them (or in MM’s case, on him).
Moriarty also gets a chance to flex her dramatic muscles, first when a dejected Annie realizes boyfriend Hughie (Jack Quaid at his earnest, well-intentioned best) isn’t the evolved unicorn she thought he was, and then later, when the super death was inflicted, tolls hit painful, groundbreaking new heights.
Other standouts in “Herogasm”: Karen Fukuhara and Tomer Capone, who as soulmates Kimiko and Frenchie drive to hell and back then seamlessly execute one of the most romantic moments of the year; comedic secret weapon Colby Minifie, whose corporate henchman/robot Ashley reaches her own exhausting breaking point and gives way to an explosion of rarely seen, hair-raising humanity (Minifit’s full-throttle delivery of “Go f—k yourself” to an annoyingly hypocritical A-Train was immensely satisfying) ; Chace Crawford, who nails the most laughable part of the episode when his amphibious DNA-tipped Deep is caught going to third base in an octopus; tight-lipped anti-hero Karl Urban (AKA Butcher), among others, for his fiendish weaponization of the phrase “scorched earth”; Jessie T. Usher for shadowing A-Train’s long overdue apology to Hughie with guarded candor; Claudia Doumit for skillfully juggling Victoria’s darkness and decency (as seen in this tough but fair trial with Starlight); and of course Antony Starr, who nimbly sheds Homelander’s toxic outer shell during an extraordinarily crafted tête-à-tête of tough love with himself (!!), revealing his villain’s deeply insecure core.
In summary, Herogasm is proof of that when it comes to getting the cast of his killers right The young leaves no man (or woman) behind.
AWARD | Secrets sure can sting, and that’s something breederJackie had to learn the hard way. During a road trip with Paul, the grandmother admitted to knowing about her husband’s past affair with her dying friend Chrissy. Actress Joanna Bacon stunned us when her character confronted Jim with her suspicions, explaining that she had never seen him touch another woman the way he had Chrissy at the hospice. Through a monsoon of tears, Bacon made us feel Jackie’s heartache as the poor old woman’s life was instantly destroyed by her mere admission of betrayal. Her voice trembling and her gasps spasmodic, she demanded an explanation, growing angrier and more distant as the conversation unraveled. By the end of the episode, Jackie’s pain felt achingly real, a true testament to the spell we had fallen under.
AWARD | Maya Rudolph may play a multi-multi-billionaire prey, but she can still go to town with hot wings, as we saw in a hilariously spicy scene in the third installment of the Apple TV+ comedy. Rudolph’s character Molly went on the talk show Name is to rehabilitate her image, but she ended up making things a lot worse by escalating into an obscenity-laced rant after gulping mugs of beer to combat the spice of the hot wings. Molly cursed her ex-husband and gloated over her vast wealth (“I could kill anyone in here and get away with it!”), which Rudolph used extensively SNL Comedy chops with a mix of slurred outbursts and sloppy physical comedy. It’s good to know that even billionaires can be messy — and it’s also good to know that the extremely talented Rudolph returns to our TV screens every week.
AWARD | Obi Wan KenobiThe titular hero of , who whipped out some exciting new moves in his lightsaber duel against Darth Vader in this week’s finale, had us feeling like dizzying 12-year-olds. However, we’re more impressed with what Ewan McGregor did afterward. As Kenobi stared at the Sith Lord’s face and realized that his friend was truly gone, you can pinpoint the precise moment he finally shed the burden of grief he had carried for a decade. Through mischievous laughter and a softer demeanor in the following scenes, McGregor beautifully shifts his portrayal of a broken man into the more Zen-like version of the character played by Sir Alec Guinness, and it’s a beautiful thing to see. bridging the gap between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and A new hopehe provided everything we needed and more.
Which performance(s) knocked your Socks out this week? Tell us in the comments!
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