UNITED STATES OF TARA “…youwillnotwin…” Review

UNITED STATES OF TARA “…youwillnotwin…” Season 3 Episode 1 – The show about a woman with DID has, over the course of two seasons and now heading into what is looking like a very strong third, developed into one of the best family dramas around. Tara is one of the only shows which can slink in and out of comedy and dark psychological drama with unnerving ease. The writers are brilliant: they have developed Tara into a show that feels so bizarrely authentic so that any wacky dramatic or comedic twist they take is not sacrificing the characters, but layering them, developing them.

Tara is returning to college to finally fill up the semester worth of credits she needs to get her degree. With a brilliant speech about college dropouts with their heads swelled with Coor’s Lights, she wedges her way into a psychology class, despite Max’s founded fears that college will stir up some trauma from her past and cause her depressive, suicidal personality to rise. Indeed, Tara’s depressive, suicidal college dropout alter did show up. The episode ended with a beautiful and scary tableau of Buck, Shoshanna, T and Alice lovingly giving their support to Tara as she writes her paper, staving off her suicidal self. Read More...

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