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This week’s episode seemed like the first of what I’m guessing will be many false starts for our main characters. Given how much the opening monologue emphasizes their eventual full performance, it’s hard to take a big opportunity like the one presented in this episode too seriously. That being said, I liked how the gig was approached. One last overall comment about this episode is that the music festival generally makes me wonder more what the current state of music in this world really is.
Specifically, I’m curious about the conversation the girls have with Skip. He makes a general comment about musicians losing a certain spark as they become more established, but I’m curious what it’s meant to mean in this world. At face value, it’s a not-so-veiled comment at the current state of popular music, but it seems to be missing the context within its own story.
This is a random tangent, but I definitely didn’t understand the lengths the episode took to hide Crystal in this scene. I didn’t even recognize her after her face was revealed, so it wasn’t exactly a shock to see. Maybe it’s just meant to be as simple as adding some mystery to a celebrity relationship.
But back to my main point, I find it interesting that Skip dedicates a song to Crystal in a world where songs are supposedly designed by AI. I don’t think it’s necessarily inconsistent, but it’s a point where context is helpful. For example, AI could create music to match a musician’s lyrics. Alternatively, the musician could add some basic input parameters to trigger the generation of the entire song. Maybe it’s just because of my personal interests, but I’d like to learn more about how the show envisions that.
I think the takeaway for the performance was handled well. It would be unreasonable for a massive audience like that to come around to Carole and Tuesday’s song given the type of music they came to hear. The two would have to be truly impressive to override a mob mentality. Instead, Crystal’s view of the performance is a nice, grounded way to look at it. There are people within that crowd who may have taken their song to heart even if they couldn’t express it in a way the girls could see.