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Characterizations of The Knick's major players -- especially Zaraah Abrahams as Opal Edwards -- are augmented by Soderbergh's mastery behind the camera in "Wonderful Surprises."
Every now and then The Knick delivers a well-timed laugh.
On paper, the introduction of Opal Edwards might look like a fabricated point in a love-triangle. But the sublime scene of her and Algernon dancing at a Harlem club... elevates this relationship beyond a cookie cutter complication.
Unlike this show's previous episodes, this week's offering doesn't send us trundling deeper into the dark recesses of humanity's infected soul, but instead suggests that... redemption, satisfaction, and even happiness are within reach for some.
Opal Edwards was up and Cornelia Showalter was down in this week's episode of The Knick, in which Zaraah Abrahams, as Opal, Algernon Edwards's heretofore secret wife, is quickly establishing herself as one of the show's strongest characters.
The episode allows for a number of one-on-ones between characters, which director Steven Soderbergh successfully plays out in longer, more fluid takes.
As always, Cleary has quite a way with words.
[Thackery's] fanaticism is now touching on levels of insanity, which makes this the perfect moment for director Steven Soderbergh to give us a gorgeous shot of Thack illuminating the flames beneath the cabinet.
One of the big themes running through "Wonderful Surprises" is how money helps the unfortunate, be they sick or of a race considered, in 1900 New York, inferior.
As much as we admire the dexterity and nimbleness of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Knick writers and showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, should be given credit for the bon mots and more of "Wonderful Surprises."
It almost seems unfair to the acting and writing of The Knick to keep harping on about Steven Soderbergh's work behind the camera and the use of the editing software on his laptop.