THE BIG C “A Little Death” Review

THE BIG C “A Little Death” Season 2 Episode 9 – In my review last week I mentioned the bizarre promo which promised what was to be featured in this episode. I figured it was so bizarre because, as is often the case with promos, without context the show can seem stranger than it actually is. In this case, yeah, not so much. The promo was pretty tame compared to the weirdness of the actual show.

First things first: the subplots involving Andrea and Nick sleeping together for the first time and Adam’s new from from the Kids of Cancer online chat group were completely overshadowed by the funeral, and seemed misplaced and forced into the story, what with the quirky, unromantic sex with Andrea and Nick, outside the funeral home. And the introduction of Adam’s much older, very annoying new friend.

The lightness with which the show dealt with the funeral of a miscarried baby was strange, and definitely commendable if not really successful. It might have been successful if these were awful people and were watching them to see just how amusingly awful they were, but this is not one of those kinds of dark comedies. These people aren’t awful: insane, sometimes, sure, but they’re not terrible human beings. And that proved to be the episode’s undoing.

It was a pretty uncomfortable episode and not in a good way. It seemed primed to explore death, specifically Cathy’s death, which has been explored numerous times on the show, but this offered a different prism. But it was an episode filled with despair and forfeit for no good reason: Cathy’s treatment is working so why the hell would Paul put money down on a grave plot? If you’re a religious person then chances are you have a family plot.

I can see why it would be a big deal for some families, but through the prism of this miscarriage, it was all quite insipid for Cathy to make the funeral about her – shouldn’t she have been delighted and not ticked off that so many people cared whether she lived or died? Rebecca and Sean shared their grief with the world, but the show treated their grief as trite, as if they were two crazy people, terribly obsessed with their own selves and their own dead baby and never daring to consider how Cathy would feel about this funeral – seriously? Are we supposed to buy that? And the show never really addressed their grief until the end, and by then it was a too little too late.

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