Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter
I don't know how many of you watched this week's episode of Twisted but dear God...my friend and I were left feeling thoroughly weirded out.
So this week, the Danny/Lacey romance continues but it's taking a really annoying turn in which she continues to insist no one can know about them. I don't know about you guys, but that got old for me quick. And I blame the writers for not only insisting on keeping their romance private, but also for not being creative or clever enough to find a deeper, more justifiable reasoning.
To make things worse, after he and his mom wake up to a front yard filled with red jump ropes, Danny gets the non-genius idea to throw a party in hopes people will see him "differently".
I thought that ship had sailed when he and Lacey's secret rendezvous in the park was disrupted by an eerie clan of masked Danny-wannabes.
Okay...first, let's talk Being Brown 101. 1 - Sneaking off to a park (in a predominantly white town) in the middle of the night by yourselves without telling anyone where you are and when you plan to be back? Not likely. 2 - Busting one glass bottle against a tree won't.do.shit when you're vastly outnumbered by bullies.
3 - The last thing a brown girl in this situation thinks is, "OMG...do you think they recognized me???"
Because Lacey's attachment to her friends is getting old, it was great to see Danny's assert himself (unlike with that other train-wreck Blindian couple). I'm definitely appreciating the fact we get to watch Avan Jogia grow as an actor. His facial expressions, his tones, his mannerisms - everything about him continues to exude an increasing maturity. He really is a talented actor and I continue to be surprised by him every week.
I'm also glad we see these two do more than make out. Come on now...as much as we enjoy seeing the two of them kiss let's remember that we don't want their romance to be strictly based on passion. They are growing as a couple, arguing with each other, talking about their lives, comforting each other, defending each other. This is some good writing here, to an extent; the astounding (and steadily increasing) chemistry between the actors is doing most of the heavy lifting, as evidenced by next week's promo.
I wonder if these two get together offscreen and talk strategy, going over movement, tone, and expression in order to be more convincing. Kylie's not being given much to work with; in fact, it seems the writers are often at a loss on how to expand and enrich her character. We haven't seen her character's mother in many a moon, but we're supposed to meet her father soon. Either way, big ups to both actors.
What did y'all think?