‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Ep. 2 Review
Impeachment: American Crime Story is back with a brand new episode this week after a very promising debut episode. After a slow build up to a “cliff hanger” of an ending, the show is starting to head into what we all came to see. Does the show continue gaining momentum or does it halt its trajectory in the middle of its tracks? Let’s find out!
In this episode, titled “The President Kissed Me”, Monica (Beanie Feldstein) reveals to Linda (Sarah Paulson) that she is having an affair with the most powerful man in the world. The stakes? They’re going up. The drama? It’s definitely building. The quality? Of the upmost. So how was the episode? It was phenomenal.
This episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story featured Monica at the forefront, which was great to see because last episode left me wanting more. It showcases how her first interactions with the President came to be and how her emotions towards him built up. The way the story has been structured has been thoroughly engaging so far and it’s only elevated by some fantastic performances. The show builds on the emotions it wants to deliver and makes you engaged in what is essentially a love story gone wrong. It also has the Paula Jones plot line, which seems to be building up to its eventual resolution. There has been many things to enjoy about the show but there is one aspect that stands out greatly.
An aspect I am greatly appreciating from Impeachment: American Crime Story is the humanity that it is bringing to the story. When scandals of this nature happen, we often forget that at the center of them are actual human beings. People that have emotions and go through the same things we do. The show is doing a phenomenal job in demonstrating this through Monica. At the end of the day, she’s just a woman that’s madly in love. We’ve all been there and Beanie Feldstein is doing a fantastic job in conveying that. The fact that Monica Lewinsky is a co-producer just adds to the overall quality that’s being given in the performance. Its just one of the reasons as to why previous seasons were such a success and why this one promises to be the same.
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There’s not much more to say other than this episode was a great example as to why I like this series so much. It makes you go back to when the event happened in every sense of the word. Mentally, spiritually, physically you are just there. You feel as if it’s the 1990’s and you’re there with these characters. That is where it succeeds always, it manages to make you feel what its telling no matter how despicable, weird, or just despairing the situation may seem. Whether you’ve lived it or not, it takes you along and doesn’t hold back in its journey to the past.
Overall, Impeachment: American Crime Story comes on strong with resoundingly great second episode. Some great performances bring to light the human side of this story, which can be hard to do sometimes considering the nature of the events. This season continues to deliver on its promise and seems to be comparative in quality to its predecessors. – Kenneth Colon
New episodes of Impeachment: American Crime Story premiere Tuesdays at 10pm/9c on FX.
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