Sep 222014
 

Masters of Sex: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Libby is on the floor rolling around with Robert. This has been inevitable for quite some time. We understand Libby to have been gawking at Robert with a complex desire for years. She wants The Other, she wants a less sanitized life, she wants the Sexualized Black Man, she wants wants wants and gets nothing from her husband. I think there is a fundamental mistake in filming the sex as director Adam Bernstein did in Masters of Sex episode 2.11, One for the Money, Two for the Show. As Lester emphasized throughout the episode, the way you film something matters; it gives more or less honesty, it is performed or it is real. By filming Libby and Robert in the manner of a soft-porn romance, the ambiguity and complexity is washed away in a haze of beauty. I don’t think that’s at all right for this relationship. Libby may be making amends in some way, by working at CORE, but she is still the woman who humiliated his little sister. Notice that we’ve never seen who Libby’s nanny now is. The problem is invisible, the dark and light bodies intertwined are exalted, and the outcome is pushed off to next episode. That’s disappointing.

There’s so much in this episode about people being observed, and observing themselves. This is an ongoing theme in Masters of Sex, of course. Masters and Johnson observe people having sex. Other people observe this work. People make assumptions about what they see. But filming Masters and Johnson, and having Lester as a character, layers commentary about observation on top of observation. So to film anything in a way that is prettied-up and dishonest, as Robert and Libby are, is a huge misstep. Continue reading »

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Sep 172014
 

For Masters of Sex fans, here’s a 1954 commercial for the diet pill being promoted by Austin:

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