'Flack' episode 3 review: Anna Paquin's show needs to delve deeper into character psyche
'Flack' episode 3 will serve Robyn with another crisis that she has to manage, but this time, she needs boss Caroline to come to the rescue
After owning her flaws in the second episode of 'Flack', Robyn is now up to no good. She is served with an all-new crisis that she needs to manage, while also making sure that she gets to her AA meetings. She also meets an ex-flame, Abigail Reese, played by Rebecca Scroggs. While it is crystal clear that Robyn has no intention of firing it up for her old flame. It doesn't stop her from getting attracted to a fellow AA buddy. This time, instead of going forward with it, she tries to set Tom (Marc Warren) up with Eve.
Eve tries to be a snob, to force him to worship her and has an attitude that rubs Tom the wrong way. At one point, he even schools Eve for her attitude, and analyses why she reacted the way she did and this results in Eve wanting to get naked with him.
Tom, who didn't foresee this unexpected turn of events, tries to stop Eve, but it doesn't look like that would really help. Meanwhile, Robyn takes her sister along for a night out to Ruth's birthday.
The interesting part about this episode of 'Flack' is how everyone in Robyn's life now knows that she doesn't have the time to think of gifts or sit for long conversations over coffee about family. She can spare all of two minutes and that is all the attention you get when she is busy dealing with one crisis after another. So how does her family react?
They accept! They accept that it is who she is, and makes her comfortable about putting her work above everything else. This, coupled with her reaction when her drunk sister makes out with a random man on the dance floor, might be contrary, but this also sums up Robyn's character pretty well.
This episode's crisis was about a stand-up comedian whose act is called out for being transphobic by a trans-comedian. The video is recorded and shared on social media, which Robyn tries to control by introducing news of the said comedian being photographed with other people from the trans community to better understand them.
This doesn't work as expected and for the first time in the series, Robyn's boss Caroline jumps in to save the day. She has so far played the role of a boss, and her image was carefully tailored to suit the stereotypes about female bosses. Now, for a change, she takes control and though it is short, it is great to watch.
Robyn also doesn't gather the courage to speak to her boyfriend Sam about her concerns on becoming a mother. While she was able to open up to a random stranger about her doubts of being a good mother, she hesitates about coming clean to her boyfriend. She continues to pop the pills every night and hide it from Sam, and even her sister Ruth.
By now, the show has become repetitive, in ways where we see Robyn tackle one crisis every time on one side, and on the other, she deals with her personal conflicts. It doesn't grip you like other series such as 'Scandal' or 'Ray Donovan' did. 'Flack', with just three episodes left in the season, doesn't delve deeper into the psyche of its characters. Sure, we see Robyn losing her calm now and then in the washroom, but what about Eve or for that matter Melody? What is their story? When will we get to see what made them who they are?