-Damson is NOT believable in this role. They needed to cast Emmett from the Chi or somebody
-Chloe wearing them shorts boy
-the style of this just makes me miss Atlanta
-was the shyt with the pie weird to anyone else?
I binged watched this tonight and I believe Dre killed Marissa. The order of events as portrayed don't make sense.
1. Marissa runs out of the apt.
2. Dre goes out to the club, meets Caulkin, fukks him at his crib knowing shes a virgin, then wakes up to a bunch of texts from Marissa begging Dre to pick her up and take her home
2a. On the topic of those text messages, "Marissa" is begging Dre to come pick her up from Khalid's house. Mind you, it is implied a few scenes prior that Dre does not have a car at this point in the show. Also, Marissa drove herself to Khalid's house. She had a way to get home.
4. Dre wakes up in Caulkin's apt. then wakes up again in her bed wearing the same clothes she went out in. THEN discovers Marissa's body.
6. As for the fight with Khalid, he never says that he saw Marissa that night. He said they got into a fight. Could've been done over text message.
5. Dre suddenly discovers Marissa's phone charging in the closet nearly a week after her death? So, Marissa leaves her phone in the closet while it's charging?
She killed that woman. She killed her because Marissa wanted to get away from her. The text messages were CYA.
Thing with this series: your main character isn't geared to be someone you relate to or someone you identify with or someone you're taking on as an avatar for the duration of the narrative journey like 99% of shows...the main character is someone you're purposely distanced from and largely unempathetic toward for the duration of the series.
But it's played so well with such a captivating, engaging and specific performance by the lead that you are drawn in without connecting. That's a hard thing to do and, from some reactions, they didn't meet it for them, but I thought they really came through with this series looking into this unredeemable yet incredibly interesting character. What she does with body posture, movement, reactions, non-reactions, emotion, lack of emotion, etc... it's a really great performance.
Also, they shot the shyt out of it as it looks incredible. The sound design is amazing, especially with how they use the buzzing and drone sounds to dictate & change moods, and also provide subtext to the main character mindset, who is intentionally hard to read.
It's not a show that I would have watched based on premise alone b/c that's not anything I'm interested in, but I'm glad I did b/c, even though the main plot itself doesn't move me, the acting, direction, sound & execution of this series elevate it into something incredibly interesting. Might not end up being one of my favorites of the year of anything, but damn that was an engaging watch.
Also, when you watch ep 6, the main actor is doing this amazing actor playing as a non-actor playing for a camera stuff that is tremendous in its layers and nuance. Total props.
I think the pivot in 6 is needed b/c you have that flip to reality and then back to the narrative which works in 3 aspects:
1) The Beyonce reality and then flipping back to Ni'Jah allows for the ending to be fantasy and it can be to the viewer if that's just how it ended in Dre/Toni's fukked up head or if that's how this fantasy world works.
2) the ending of 6 was asking for the whereabouts of Dre, and you see the police picking up on the car mid episode 7, which means the stage rush in 6 isn't the stage rush in 7, so, again, leaves the ending open for interpretation.
3) The switch to reality in 6 and then narrative in 7 allows for you to see Dre/Toni as a new character again and then it plays with if you want that new relationship to work or not. If you want Dre to get away with it and live happily ever after with Rashida ignoring all the shyt she's done, even for a split second, then it worked.