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Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 2: Dirt Review

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Synopsis: Camille searches for clues at the funeral and wake for Wind Gap’s latest victim, and clashes with her mother over Camille’s presence in the town. Richard finds a surprising way to arrive at a conclusion about the murderer’s profile. Camille pays a visit to the working-class home of a young boy who says he witnessed the abduction, and confronts Chief Vickery about why he ignored the boy’s claim. (HBO)

Writer: Gillian Flynn

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 56mins

Airs: Sundays at 9pm on HBO Canada (Canada)/HBO (United States)

Last week’s premiere introduced us to the setting and some of the characters and this episode was pretty much the same for the most part as Preaker became more entrenched within Wind Gap. What better place to do it then a funeral? However, she was still haunted by her discovery at the end of the last episode and the growing parallels to her past. The funeral for the first murdered girl was a big event for the town since everyone was there. Adora was her usual overbearing self but the episode began to reveal why this was the case.

Much to her mother’s chagrin, Preaker was doing some recon during the funeral. Their subsequent fighting led to a wardrobe malfunction thar forced (or gave her an excuse) to leave. It did not come as much of a shock to learn that Adora seemed to love Preaker’s younger sister more. Preaker took in the reception afterwards to learn all the gossip around town. Meanwhile, Richard was still trying to figure Wind Gap out while doing some investigating of his own. A development from this was that the two missing girls were no longer friends. Adora still felt the need to disapprove of Preaker’s actions.

Preaker then talked to a young boy who knew about another young boy who witnessed the abduction of the first girl. He claimed that she was abducted by a woman in white, a character from Wind Gap folklore. Preaker believed that the suspect may be female but Richard’s investigation appeared to contradict this since the second girl had her teeth pulled out by pliers, meaning that the suspect would need considerable strength to do that. Chief Vickery (Matt Craven) concurred, discounting the young witness’ story due to his troubled upbringing. 

Preaker and Richard had a fun scene when they found each other at the bar and talked about the case. Once she returned home, Preaker was faced with an ethical situation when explaining to her editor how she got into a dead girl’s bedroom. A running theme of the season continued in this episode. Preaker clearly has her demons but this episode saw her trying to feel. In this case, a needle was used. Near the end of the episode, Preaker was interrupted by Amma having an outburst.

Adora somehow found a way to make it about Preaker. She was upset because she was close to the first dead girl since she reminded her of her daughter. Adora tried to help her to make up for being unable to help her daughter. Amma’s outburst appeared to be all an act.

Overall, this was another good episode that saw that continued what the first started with a compelling small town murder mystery as well as an engaging family drama. This episode pushed both of these forward, albeit slightly, but it is still fascinating to watch and it is easy to get hooked. The production values continue to be top notch, from the cinematography, the score, and the editing, make it both beautiful and haunting to watch Adams and Messina had some fun chemistry, however, Adams and Clarkson continue to be worth the price of admission. It will definitely be exciting to see what happens next and hopefully it will all be worth it.

Score: 8.5/10

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