UNITED STATES OF TARA “Chicken ‘n’ Corn” Review

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UNITED STATES OF TARA “Chicken ‘n’ Corn” Season 3 Episode 8 – The evolution of this show is pretty amazing, from season one when it leant more towards a serious comedy, to season two when things started to get darker as Tara and Max started searching for the source of Tara’s DID. Now in season three the show has turned into a dark drama with elements of black comedy. A new alter has emerged, one which I thought was the suicidal Tara from college. I was wrong.

It was a twist I did not see coming for a minute. Tara’s suicidal alter is Bryce Crane, the stepbrother who tormented her, who brought out Chicken, Tara’s alter of her childhood self. This episode saw the death of Chicken, the death of Tara’s childhood, at the hands of Bryce Crane. It was a moment as creepy as anything I’ve seen in a horror film because Tara’s alter Bryce Crane is out to destroy one thing: Tara.

Eddie Izzard’s Dr Hattaras is really coming into his own as a great character. He’s juggling the difficult role of disbeliever, facilitator, doctor and audience surrogate with aplomb.

There was a moment in this episode when my stomach leapt, when my heart started banging in my ears. That was when Tara turned into Bryce Crane with Wheels in her arms. I cannot remember the last time a television show or movie hit me with such a pang of fear. Bravo Toni Collette and writers for a wonderful, wonderful episode.

Meanwhile, Marshall’s film qualified for the festival in New York, and he brings Max along with him. Max’s freak out in the plane was hilarious, as was Kate’s reaction and Marshall’s total embarrassment. Kate’s plan to introduce her new beau to Max and Marshall goes awry when her boyfriend’s destructive son appears. The whole story arc nicely accompanied the larger A story, as did Charmaine’s parlour freak out.

This episode belonged to Chicken and Bryce Crane, the demise of one led to the introduction of the other and promises to bring about a riveting, if potentially catastrophic end to a great season.

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