OP: 「Kiss Me」by (Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann)
「Born to Run」
Before I get into the episode itself, I want to focus a little on the La La Land inspired OP that just dropped. That isn’t a criticism. It’s a blessing. I’m not sure if it was intentional but it was gorgeous, playful, and really entertaining. Based on the wider shots, Alba City is clearly a copy paste of New York City with some added high tech gadgets and vehicles. What really made it for me though was the low key neighbourhood vibes that kept these two girls, who will clearly be reaching for the skies, grounded.
Now onto the real juicy stuff!
We all recognized the episode title last week as Cyndi Lauper’s song. She’s Tuesday’s main inspiration so it only made sense to name the episode after her. But what I didn’t see coming was this episode’s events sequenced around Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”
Oh, someday girl I don’t know when
We’re gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go
And we’ll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us,
Baby we were born to run
I wonder if it was these lyrics that influenced the sequence of events in this episode or if the title was chosen after the episode was written. It’s most likely the former, but regardless of which, I’m actually quite smitten with this clever format.
After two episodes, the main characters are definitely what’s keeping me glued to my screen. We’re diving a little deeper into each of the character’s objectives, traits, and personal stories. I definitely appreciated the bonding between Carole & Tuesday, specifically because of a reference to one of my favourite musicals of all time. When Carole helps Tuesday prepare for a restful sleep, she suggests they discuss their ‘favourite things’, a direct reference to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s song “My Favourite Things” sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I’m pretty sure I jumped out of my chair when I caught that. Referring back to legends like Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Cyndi Lauper and making these too-good-to-be-true references to musicals is a sign of the genius and creativity behind the scenes.
That said, there’s one musical genius I’m not very fond of: Tao. He’s not even remotely interesting. He’s just a guy staring at a computer with a passion for AI. It’s not like he’s looking to destroy the industry with his music. He isn’t even concerned with humans. As he is right now, he’s a one-dimensional character with a tunnel-vision problem. I’m not at a point where I love to hate him, and the same could be said about Angie. She’s quite annoying in her own right, but there should always be a relatable side to antagonists that makes them relatable. Her reaction to being tortured wasn’t quite right to me. Right now, it’s all very ‘on the surface.’ In all fairness, we’re only in the second episode so I’ll give it time and practice patience. I hear it’s a virtue.
It should be no surprise for you then when I say that my favourite scene was when Carole and Tuesday forced their way into the Mars Migration Memorial Hall to play their song with killer acoustics. I definitely think Ertegun’s introduction had something to do with emphasizing the whole scene. When we cut to an EDM concert mob, something I’m unfortunately quite familiar with from my early 20s, I cringed a little. The music was pretty horrible. No offence to anyone out there. If what we heard then is the culmination of the ‘99% of hits’ made by AI, but as a Martian, I’d happily welcome newbies Carole and Tuesday.
I honestly love their harmonies and it helps that they’re all gung-ho about their music. Though it might not be my go-to genre, I’m enjoying the tunes. There’s definitely a spark here. The magic they create with their voices and instruments is blinding me as well as the Martians thanks to Rodi. I assume he’ll be acting as a double-agent and help Gus get the girls a swinging debut.
There’s still a lot to cover in coming episodes. We’ve discovered that Tuesday’s mother is a high class politician, and with a video that’s now gone viral, I doubt it’ll be difficult for the Simmons family to find their runaway daughter. I’m not worried for this powerhouse duo though. They seem to have no trouble running away from trouble. It’s almost as though they were born to run.
Hey. They did it first.