Twenties 2×04 Review: Everything – The Geekiary
Around twenty Season 2 Episode 4, ‘Everything’ gave me what I was hoping for. Chuck and Marie finally had the chance to have an honest conversation about their relationship and their possible future.
Whenever a medium decides to feature a bisexual character, I tend to be a bit cautious in approaching it. Hollywood has a history of depicting problematic bisexual tropes. There is a lot of content that includes bisexual characters, and yet said characters add nothing to the narrative except that their bisexuality is used to cause drama.
BET shows like hit the ground (James LaRosa) and Boomerang (Lena Waithe) felt like a breath of fresh air to me because of how they handled the bisexual portrayal. So I was looking forward to seeing how Chuck’s sexuality would be discussed in Around twenty (also from Waithe). And after watching ‘Everything’, in my opinion, the writers did not disappoint.
The previous episode gave us a lot of details about Chuck’s past and his feelings for his college roommate Chance. Chuck held back from being honest with himself for a very long time. As a black queer man, he stayed in the closet because he didn’t want to be “tampered with” by society and his parents. He is also afraid of losing Marie (whom he clearly loves).
“Everything” got Chuck laying his cards on the table and being honest with Marie by introducing a new character named Reverend Ty Harmon. I think the fact that Reverend Ty is non-binary played a role in Chuck feeling safe during the conversation. The scene reminded me how important it is to give queer and PoC people professional opportunities, especially in counseling and related fields, so they can better help people from similar communities.
I loved how Marie handled Chuck to come out as bisexual. We’ve been seeing her suspicions about Chuck’s sexuality for a while now. Turns out she always knew he was bisexual but didn’t know how to tell him about it because Chuck wasn’t ready to address that part of him.
I liked how the writers didn’t use Chuck’s coming out as an excuse to drive Marie crazy and make Chuck an emotional mess trying to get Marie to forgive him for lying to her. The two characters love each other and want to be together. However, there are still a handful of issues they need to address first.
Reverend Ty gave Marie and Chuck a lot to think about. Chuck doesn’t need to feel pressured to quickly figure out his gender expression. Everyone makes their own journey. And for some, it can take years to discover their truth. And there is nothing wrong with that. The good thing is that Marie supports Chuck.
Likewise, Mary has her own journey. Chuck’s coming out also gave him the opportunity to share his opinions. Around twenty did not hide the fact that Marie has crushes on other men.
There were feelings she would like to explore. As far as I’m concerned, it’s going to be interesting to watch Chuck and Marie try to explore their sexual desires with other people before they get married. Now, this could all get very messy and explode in their faces if certain feelings come into play. So, I’m crossing my fingers that whatever happens leads to well-written character development.
Hattie was also able to share her thoughts on her relationship with Ida B. I liked how Hattie talked about how Hollywood (and society, in general) was very different for her and those who looked like Ida B. From colorism to homophobia, there were things only Hattie had to deal with because of her looks, even though she and Ida B were WoC queer. I think the conversation was handled pretty well when it came to pointing out how you may not always be aware of the type of obstacles that might be present for another person, even when you belong to the same community as her.
While Ida B mentioned wanting to protect Hattie, I agreed with Hattie that there are some things she has to deal with on her own. Hattie just wants Ida B to be more supportive of her decisions. Also, there are a lot of walls around Ida B. Lowering some of them might do Ida B some good.
I still don’t know if Hattie and Ida B’s relationship can survive for long. May be Around twenty will surprise me? Let’s see.
As for Nia, after watching ‘Everything’, I don’t feel like Ben wants to get close to her. Ben was very clear about how he felt he couldn’t grow any more with Lauren. And while I appreciate his honesty with Nia, did he have such a conversation with Lauren or does she not know he broke up with her? I just want Nia to be careful and stay on track to nurture her acting career.
Other thoughts and questions:
- Of course, Hattie didn’t read the scripts from the members of Idina’s writing group. I want to encourage Hattie, but she’s not making it easy.
- Hattie also couldn’t keep her delivery job because she was constantly on the phone and lacked the required upper body strength. I wonder if Ida B wants to interact with Hattie during Hattie’s working hours because she wanted Hattie to stay distracted and lose her job? Hmmm.
- Do you think Chuck will reach out to Chance? I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. Again, involving real feelings in her exploration phase could get messy. It’s the same for Mary because her boss likes her very much. Here’s hoping Marie and Chuck stay honest with each other as their arc progresses.
- Episode 3 helped Around twenty reach a series record with 0.63 million viewers tuning in. It’s great to see such a queer-centric show find a good-sized audience. Here’s to hoping we get Around twenty greenlit for a third season. Frankly, I would like to see this series exist for at least five seasons. After that, maybe we can get a sequel called thirties? Ha!
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Farid holds a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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