United States of Tara Review: "The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beaverlamp"

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A major sign you are one effed up individual? Instead of swooning over your husband playing the song he sang for you on the night he proposed...

... you step outside and slice your arm open.

What a chilling scene to conclude "The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beaverlamp," one I can safely say I never saw coming. As Max rocked out on stage, I assumed something foreboding would take place - perhaps a visit from Chicken, or Buck pulling a gun - but I didn't envision the dark turn we witnessed and I'm anxious to learn more about what seems to be a new alter (who wants to make it clear that someone won't win?).

This was a great episode all around. United States of Tara has painted a rich portrayal of all individuals, as the title character and her myriad issues may be at the center of it, but who out there didn't feel Marshall's pain when he cried into Lionel?

Or who isn't amused by a more confident, focused Kate making entertaining announcements to airline passengers while playfully bantering with Evan? Speaking of the latter, there's no way he's simply a new divorcee with a child. I'd say he's married, but that wouldn't be especially dramatic.

I'd also say he's actually Bryce, but that would be an outlandish coincidence, wouldn't it?

All I know for certain is the guy is hiding something. Turbulence is ahead, Kate. You might wanna keep your seatbelt fastened.

As I've noted before, I'm also thrilled that John Corbett's Max is taking center stage more this season. Literally, as was the case tonight, but Marshall was right in his analysis of what his film is really about: what kind of person falls for someone with D.I.D.? It's been a pleasure to get to know that person better over the last few weeks.

Now, though, it appears as though we have someone new with whom we must familiarize ourselves. Someone who experienced something so traumatic during her college years that the mere thought of it causes self-mutilation. Will Dr. Hatteras shake free from his poor cheese-based stupor in time to stop this alter before something terrible happens?

Or is the show about to take a truly dark turn?

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Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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I think a new dark 'bad' alter is trying to break free and wants permanent control of tara or wants her dead... aka, tara will not win, the new alter will. I love this season and I think max is hiding something from his and taras past... maybe kate was an accident after max slept with an alter and tara doesnt know...

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Tara, whatever you do, dont eat the fish from Japan
you are already pretty weid, by hey, you won a golden globe so you already glow in the dark, Congrats! It really belonged to Tina Fey, hey, I'm just sayin... If you’re the kind of person who loves sushi, there’s not a whole lot that will deter you from eating your beloved raw slices of fish. Though your friends might cringe at the sight of you gobbling down cold, uncooked hunks of tuna, The New York Times may have the news that will get you to ponder your next Philly Roll. In the latest desperate attempt to stave off a full-on nuclear core meltdown, the Tokyo Electric Power Company started dumping more than 11,000 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday. And they’re not done. The dump was merely to make room in storage containers for yet more contaminated runoff that will be released over the next few days. The dirty water has nearly 100 times the legal limit of radiation, with some tainted with 10,000 times the legal limit. The effort may help the workers attempting to clear radioactive water from the turbine buildings reach the cooling controls that were damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. But the radioactive flow could keep coming, especially since workers have not been able to plug a gushing leak from a crack in a containment pit near the No. 2 reactor. Yukio Edano, the chief cabinet secretary, has ordered the power company to monitor the effects of radioactive dumps on Pacific sea life. The Times reported that consuming seafood caught in the area every day for a year would result in the intake of about 0.6 millisieverts of radiation, or a quarter of the average annual exposure to radiation in Japan. But considering it could be months before the radioactive flow is stemmed, marine biologists fear fish could bear the brunt of contamination. Some of the elements in the dumped water, like cesium 137, with a half-life of 30 years, are collected in larger fish as they eat smaller fish, which could magnify the problem over time. The good news is that mixing radioactive water with uncontaminated seawater can quickly decrease radiation levels, but in the meantime, radiation levels 19 miles offshore are hundreds to thousands of times as high as levels sampled in the same area in 2005. Seafood sales have already taken a hit, as the price of fish such as young yellowtail have fallen by half in recent days, even though one large fishery owner said his fishermen have found on traces of radioactivity so far. But, he worried, when tides shift from north to south in the fall that could all change. Will you still eat sushi? I cant believe people would pay to watch this show.
I even bet it has commercials....and lots of them.

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