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I May Destroy You
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When it comes to their higher calling, these men have always played God, applying their own unique ethical code to their work.
Not that it's a surprise, but the episode is thorough: These paragons of virtue are facades.
It's interesting to see the series dip explicitly into the subject matter of anti-Semitism and the fear thereof.
Since we can't wait around hoping for Edwards and Cornelia to somehow find a way to be together publicly... giving the good doctor an enigmatic wife with an ulterior motive is a great way to keep things interesting.
Running parallel to all that hubris was the theme of prejudice and xenophobia, which was ladled on fairly thickly, in ways that baldly echoed current debates over immigration.
So now [Thackery] can get down to business, more specifically research. Sounds boring? Well, let me tempt you with the promise of a syphilitic pig, which is not, I'm happy to say, a metaphor.
The pains that The Knick's writers have gone through to put their progressive politics front and center in the series have been handled admirably, if a little hamfisted-ly at times.
Overall, "The Best with the Best to Get the Best" isn't a very showy Steven Soderbergh effort, and Cliff Martinez's music is also a little muted, but the show's candle-lit look is still fantastic and Soderbergh still does a lot with a little.
A particularly feminist episode, from the physical and emotional abuse heaped on Elkins to Cornelia's husband giving her a post-coital lecture for wanting to help out jailed nun-abortionist Sister Harriett (Cara Seymour).