You may have noticed that I did not review the last two episodes of Sharp Objects. This is partially due to being busy, but after catching up, I just couldn’t write them.
Episode three, “Fix,” was particularly hard to watch. I can’t say much about it without needing a trigger warning, but what I can say is that it was graphic and we saw everything.
Amy Adams has put herself through a lot of trouble to portray Camille Preaker in this specific way, and it works, but it’s haunting. Amy Adams who?
The two episodes following “Fix,” were mild by comparison. I loved the ending to “Ripe.” Camille’s realization that Amma could be the next victim simply because she was friends with Anne and Natalie was thrilling. Again we see Camille’s reality shifting, and it’s hard to differentiate between what is actually happening and what she is imagining.
Camille sees Amma dead inside of the shed as she is speeding in her car to where Amma is sure to be…but where is that exactly? She slams on her breaks, we see a flash of Amma turning on her skates and looking at a car, but no one is in front of Camille. The episode ends.
You all know the feeling, catching up on a show that’s still airing and being forced to wait another week for a new episode. This was such a tedious wait for me. I don’t particularly like Amma, but I don’t think any of the characters are very likable in this show, anyway.
So you can imagine my relief when “Closer” begins right where “Ripe” left off. The opening almost suggests that Camille finds and takes Amma home, but their conversation in the kitchen about Anne and Natalie suggests otherwise.
“Closer” was a culmination of several tense storylines playing out. Camille’s paper publishes the article about the case on the same day as the town celebration, Calhoun Day. Everyone is there, including the two likely murder suspects. All hell is sure to break loose.
One of my favorite scenes was in the dressing room, where Adora sneaks away Camille’s clothes in order to force her to reveal her scars to Amma, who idolizes her. This situation felt so real, and full of anxious tension. Adora is a despicable person, and she creates negativity and harmful habits in her daughters when she acts out in anger, in spite.
Amma has a main part in the play (which is disturbing on its own) and she gets high with her fellow cast member, just before going on stage. Of course Bob Nash and John Keene get into a massive fight at the end of the play, and Amma runs away, probably panicked from being high and on stage.
Something I like about this situation is that Camille knows exactly where Amma would go this time, and she knows that she wasn’t taken, but just ran away. Adora, however, makes a scene, screaming about her poor daughter being taken. She is so blind to everything going on in Amma’s life that she can’t see why Amma would run away.
To be honest, I suspect that Adora knows who killed the other two girls, and is covering for them. I can’t think of a reason why, but she definitely has more than enough secrets for one person.
At the end of the episode, Adora pulls Camille aside and flatly tells her that she never loved her because she was too much like her unknown father — distant, and never close.
This prompts a spontaneous trip to Richard, and everything about this scene screams spite and revenge. Like, “I’ll show you, Adora.”
Honestly, Sharp Objects is hard to watch like Game of Thrones is. There will be a few slow but weird episodes, and then something incredibly gruesome that I didn’t see coming. I can’t guarantee weekly reviews because of how intense some of these episodes are, but I’ll try my best!
[Photo courtesy of HBO]