TV Review: Sharp Objects (Season 1, Episode 4)
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HBO’s miniseries Sharp Objects’ winning streak of excellent episode after excellent episode finally came to an end this week. Sadly, episode 4 of the psychological drama was nothing more than a filler episode, laying the foundations for next week without actually furthering the plot in any way. Following last week’s journey into Camille’s past, this week’s episode focuses heavily on her present, specifically her blossoming relationship with Detective Willis. Camille takes Willis on a tour of Wind Gap’s crime scenes in exchange for information about the case and in turn reveals more of the twisted history of this sinister town. Gang rape, suicide and homophobic persecution are some topics that Camille casually drops into conversation about the town’s history, to Detective Willis’ and the audience’s horror. Camille details how a clearing in the woods was colloquially called the ‘endzone’ as it was where footballers took that week’s ‘lucky cheerleader’ to have ‘their way with her’. This revelation is made all the more disturbing when Camille reveals the girls were usually in the ninth grade when this occurred, making them approximately 14 years old. Flashbacks heavily imply that Camille was indeed one of these girls, yet it’s her tone of normality when speaking about this that is truly disturbing. Camille talks nonchalantly about the regular instances of gang rape as if they were commonplace. Her impassiveness to such horrific behaviour reflects Wind Gap’s seeming attitude of turning a blind eye to anything untoward or any kind of threat to the town’s perfect image. Is Camille turning into her mother? Or have years of trauma simply made her numb to it? Although Camille’s revelations are no doubt interesting, they give us nothing new in terms of character or plot development. We already knew that Camille was a troubled character with a traumatic past, and Wind Gap having a dark and disturbing history and a warped moral compass is hardly new information.
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