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The Deuce swiftly gets down to business with its societal critique, all while adding new shades of detail to its sprawling cast.
The Deuce makes a bold point to show a different, more nuanced look at sex work -- particularly compared to what we've seen in movies before. And it's doing so by openly addressing it.
But there's enough going on for now; given the fact that porn only came into play in the second episode, it'll be interesting to see how quickly or slowly it actually kicks in now that it's been introduced.
If The Deuce were a far less ambitious series it would completely lean on self-sufficient characters like Candy for an easy-to-digest fairytale filled with hooker with a heart of gold tropes and bad wigs. But, [it] isn't that show and it's all the better.
Though the series is an ensemble show, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is unavoidably at its center.
Two episodes in, The Deuce has the same thematic clarity that characterizes Simon and Pelecanos's earlier work, though in some story lines, the theme is stronger than the characters carrying it.
It all feels as predictable as the nightly visit from the paddy wagon that the women of the Deuce. Can we at least get some Chinese takeout too?
"The Deuce" successfully captures the capitalistic foundation of prostitution and how critical it is that these women bring home money in order to stay successful.
As its characters make moves to improve their stations, "Show And Prove" offers differing opinions about whether or not they can have any lasting impact on their worlds.
It's a testament to [Garry] Carr's performance that he can convey those competing motivations at once, all while his character is under the influence of cocaine.
It's sort of a guiding principal for the show: Times Square functions as a kind of equalizer, putting everyone - barmen, cops, mob guys, hookers, johns, businessmen, Jerry Van Dyke - on the same plane, even if just for a minute.