What…what did I just watch?!
Five minutes into episode 03 and I am ready to declare it the best episode of the show, until I remind myself that there is still the holy grail of scenes that is the ‘Rolling Roulette’ scene! And judging with how unapologetic the show has been (so far anyway. The writer is already apologising for this episode on twitter for how ‘graphic it is’. SRSly, this current world is a mistake), that is going to be one masterpiece of a scene.
What had me all riled up so early on in the episode? Well, it is Ammille of course! And won’t you know it, it is a scene that wasn’t in the book! All original! Things are looking up pretty great I tell ya dear Readers. That scene was just so…Seriously, if you have your goggles on you will go blind! And no one knows the power of goggles than yours truly (fight me!). Just a simple look, just a simple sentence, is filled with so much seductive gayness I don’t even…and there is a few of those! You know, I doubt even that Amma was actually as drunk as she made out to be!
So anyway it’s late in the night and Camille is in her room working on her paper when Amma comes back from another night of booze with her friends. Camille helps her inside the house and takes her to her room (Camille’s).
I don’t even know how to start explaining it! There are looks. There are gestures. There are lines dropped. Seriously, there was something in that room in the moment that most should be glad (not me though) that Camille was at least sober and thus able to be a voice of reason (and also have a great deal of resistance to a bundle of problematic attraction that is Amma) because I tell ya things would have gone out of control and fast! But that is for the ‘Rolling’ moment!
So, before we even get further I just want to thank the writers for this small gift!
Looks that are way too personal, non-innocent desk-leaning, that hug and…
Camille: I am here for the paper, that is all!
Amma: Hm…You weren’t curious?
Camille: About Wind gap?
Amma: *Snickers*…About me…
Like, get out of here! And the situation they were in, the distance, the tones and the way Amma was looking at her! Seriously, were Camille a guy in this scene, this would be out right seduction! Forget her being a guy, she still was affected if we go by her answer where she paused and they changed the subject, not answering Amma’s question. Ah but we weren’t done yet! The fire rises with the conversation as it turns to boyfriends and kids…
A: Do you have a boyfriend?
A: Don’t you want one?
A: Kids? Don’t want a little…baby? Babies are so cute! *Says as she leans into Camille*
C: Well, I wouldn’t know the first thing to do with a baby
A: *Gets closer*…You take care of them. *Gets even closer and puts her arms around Camille*…You can practice on me, if you want!
C: Oh, you seem to be doing a pretty good job of taking care of yourself *Tries to get out of the hold sensing something is up*
A: Aww, I never had a sister…*the two share a long look*…I just want to know you…*another long look*…Sister! *An embrace*
Yes, yes, yes, I know I am going to hell, so what’s new? This scene had me hyper-venting and the one that soon followed was the proverbial ‘icing on the cake’! But before we get there I just have to talk about this bedroom scene here! Once again I thank the writers! There was no build up and bonding between Amma and Camille in the book until it just…happened, out of the blue! And before that moment Camille was almost scared of Amma but really, Amma was a little bit presented that way, in the few scene we had of her.
Here though in the series, we are on episode 3 and they have already bonded, well, somewhat! Camille is already caring for Amma and Amma is also standing up for Camille, twice already now! I sure hope that this means that Camille is going to play a better role in the overall mystery and its conclusion other than being a mere reporter and sister and daughter of the ‘villains’ and nothing more in the book. Seriously, I have never before seen a protagonist that had little to no impact on the actual story other than being present!
But I am getting side-tracked once more. Getting back to the scene at hand, there was so much going on there! I don’t know exactly how much but Amma knows something about Camille, and this is not just from what she said! It’s like there is this inner Camille that she knows is in there and she is trying to get that Camille to come out! All these tactics seems like her trying to do that! Eventually we know she will succeed but at the moment Camille is doing her best to fight!
There was slips in Camille here though. Like, what did she mean that she wants a boyfriend…sometimes? It raises eyebrows especially since even in the book we only know of Dick as the guy h=she was with in her adulthood. A person with an appetite like hers should have gone through quite a lot of guys and this is the type of show that should have shown it but they did not! I doubt it is just because of her cutting because I am sure that just like Dick, men wouldn’t care too much for what’s on the surface!
But anyway getting back to Ammille…Like, I could cut the intense air in that room with my bare palm! What did Amma mean when she asked Camille about being curious about her? Was it simply about Camille wanting to see her sister she hadn’t seen in a while? But if it was that, why did Camille divert? Why did Amma not press on? And what was with that ‘practice on me’ line?! Even Camille felt awkwardness of it and tried to get away but Amma being the intelligent girl that she is (really intelligent) plays the sister card thus getting rid of all weird energies, well, as far as Camille is concerned!
And it works because Camille lets down her guard but Amma is on fire! Anybody would miss it but not me, the way that she used the lean against Camille as cover to get closer and smell her too! And the director knows because he filmed these scenes to not be missed! He is kind of a visual director and you have to pay attention to these visual cues and not just the dialogue! In fact I read that the writer and the director had a fight over how to adapt the story where the director wanted to be mostly visual but the writer wanted dialogue so we have a balance of dialogue and also visuals. So now you know that it is not bad editing but rather a way the director wanted to tell the story. Pay attention to those weird cuts and camera focus! They are intentional!
And let’s not forget that hug that ended the scene! A hug so good it triggered a memory in Camille. And it is not just me that is intrigued by this physical demand Amma seems to have with Camille, right? And not just hugs, real embraces! Seriously, she was almost sitting in Camille’s lap here! I am kind of bummed that when Camille woke up Amma was not beside her in the bed but hey, we still have five more episodes to go and we can’t blow our loads all at once, right?
The memory is of course about Alice – a character I don’t remember from the book but who was in Camille’s life I think during her twenties. No, actually she was mentioned but they gave her only two paragraphs! That was it! Not even a name, Camille just called her ‘my roommate’! That was it! And Camille was thirty in the book at that point. She is played by the blooming young talent Sydney Sweeney, who you remember from ‘Everything Sucks’ as Emaline and most recently as Eden in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’. That’s three projects she’s been in this year alone so far! She is going places!
Anyway, Alice and Camille were so soft and good together I am personally surprised they were not a thing! But of course she is just another piece of Camille’s life that means nothing to the overall story of mystery murders in Wind Gap, and thus while great, the story would have done without it but I guess we need to show just how true what Adora thinks of Camille is, that she destroys everything she gets involved with. Will this finally play a major role and tie in the main story?
I mean, I commend the show for going so far as to even add her in. Just two paragraphs people! Anyway, let’s get back to the point but while this is the ship that is seeming to rile people up about this show, for me it is all about Ammille so I am just going to travel fast through this Alice thread!
Camille met her at a rehabilitation centre when she was still a very active cutter. Looks like the show is also going out of its way to put really strong emphasis on the fact that Camille has problems to the point of cutting but does it add to the mystery of murders and the main story? I doubt it but I am hoping that this time around there is someone smart that thinks of this! I mean, they could have used the time with something more useful and relevant, or give the cutting a good reason and purpose, things which I am still waiting on to happen!
Anyway Alice is a cutter too. It also has to do with her family but we don’t know the details. Why did fall out with her family? What started it all? We don’t know, just like we don’t on Camille’s part. But while they start out kind of hostile (well Alice was) they eventually bond and have some really cute moments together, you see a different Camille, all happy and also seems like Camille is helping Alice but things don’t end well! In fact, I think that Camille added to the fact that Alice killed herself at that moment in time!
Now then, will the show use this plot detail to support the overall story? I doubt it! And as such, while these two were shippable, Alice is just another something in Camille’s life that has little to do with the overall story elements. And with that, we move back to the relevant side of things…Ammille!
Whose next moment happens after Camille has yet another fight with Adora. Seriously, they are more repellent than they were in the book and that was one of the reasons why that conclusion sucked! And now they are umping up the toxicity between the two so it better play into the ending or else I am going to be even more pissed than I was with the book ending!
Anyway, as Camille is driving in fury, she spots Amma skating off somewhere. She follows her out of town and onto a pig farm! This scene is one of the other differences in this episode from the book. Let’s talk of those too as they are also a big part of this coverage. I want the show to change things from the book and that ending and seeing all these changes give me some hope that they just might!
In the book this pig farm scene happens all the way in chapter eight! And no surprise that things play out differently! After the Amma tantrum scene, in the book Amma and Camille meet twice before this scene! Those two times they meet help add something to Amma’s strangeness, like how mean she was to Amma by kicking her under the dining table twice during breakfast or later when she was with her friends, three friends not two like in the show, she again was mean to Camille calling her the ‘bastard of the family’ (Heh, I got that reference!)
As for the scene at the pig farm, there was something there that happened that made Camille fear Amma and actually Amma did not know Camille was there. But here in the show, Amma does see Camille, a scene that reminded me of the infamous Handmaiden Sookee window scene. And do you remember the shop scene in episode 2 that I asked you to remember where Amma and Camille had this long distance thingy? Well, it was because of this scene on the farm. Here too Camille and Amma share a long distance look where Amma smirks at Camille letting her know that she knew all along that she was following her.
In the book the scene served to increase Camille’s discomfort with Amma, I think at least, but here I still don’t know its purpose. They don’t talk about it, Camille doesn’t talk about it so I am not sure why it was there but I am praying that it has one! But you know as far as I am concerned it was just another trick of Amma’s in her game she is playing with Camille! And Camille is slowly but surely falling! I mean on the drive back she starts thinking of those other times Amma had smiled at her in that way during the bedroom scene and the first time they are introduced!
Here in the series they do add in a bit that was not in the book where Adora warns Amma of Camille and tells her she is dangerous and that she should stay away from her. We saw that, well, heard the line in the trailer where Amma asks Camille if she was dangerous. That is the next Ammille scene of course so let’s not waste any time in getting to it!
C: He’s a little old for you, don’t you think?
A: I am almost a woman, remember?
C: All the same, you should give him some space. He’s gone through a lot
A: He’s not my type any way, too pretty!
A: I’m going out. Wanna come?
C: No you are not! You are the same age as Natalie and Ann!
A: Would you have gone if you were me? *Walks closer to Camille using the bed frame as she does*
C: *Watches Amma’s hands*…Yes. But I was stupid and you are not!
A: But I’ll be sure I am safe…*Gets even closer*…Like you coming with me…*Nudges Camille playfully*…Come on, we will party!
C: *Shakes her head*
A: You and me!
C: No I need to stay home, I’m gonna finish my work and I’m gonna go to sleep. Just like you need to stay home and go to sleep!
A: *Shakes her head, disappointed and looks away*
C: So I want you to be safe
C: Amma…*reaches out and touches her arm*…promise me
A: Fine…*holds Camille’s hand around the wrist and swings them*…I promise
A: *Feels the scars on Camille’s hand and goes to look closer*
C: *Pulls away*
A: Mama says I need to be careful around you. Is that true? Are you dangerous?
C: I hang out in parking lots and talked to boys. ‘Wild’ was different back then
A: *Takes Camille’s hand. Leans in and kisses her on the cheek*…Sleep well, Sister!
And yet another scene added for us that was not in the book! And what a scene! Moments are really the look for it kind of moments but my God, they are so delicious! Amma and Camille are for Sharp Objects as Cat and Kara were for Supergirl Season 1! Their moments make the show and every one of them does not disappoint!
Here Amma should be scared or even sceptical of Camille after her mother had just warned her to stay away from Camille. But instead she seeks her out in the night in her room and she has not an ounce of fear (there is a reason) but she almost looked fascinated by the prospect of Camille being dangerous! This will be revisited in the last scene of theirs where she seems to be actively provoking Camille into doing something!
Anyway back to the scene, the two start out by conversing while they look at each other through the mirror. We also get a small glimpse at inner Amma when she asks Camille if John had ‘confessed’. I doubt she meant just John saying that he did kill his own sister but perhaps also asking about some other confession. In that moment Amma looked ‘serious’!
But forget that, we are here for Ammille and their strange flirtation! Yes, you guessed it, it also happened here! And it started with Mirror thing! It was Amma, of course, that initiated that mirror eye contact. There is something about that, about looking at the other person through the mirror, almost like there is something impure about it! You know, like spying at another person through a reflective surface because you don’t want them to see you looking at them only you know, these two are looking at each other!
A moment later Amma strikes again when she walks closer to Camille using the bedframe as she goes and it works because Camille can’t get her eyes off Amma’s hands as she glides closer. I don’t know but it seems like Amma knows Camille way more than she does herself because all these traps seem to work magnificently! As we see Camille is starting to also initiate contact like she did when she was trying to sooth Amma who was disappointed that Camille turned her down when she offered the two go out to have fun together! Camille reached out and touched Amma’s hand, almost channelling that inner blood trait and it does work.
But Amma never loses and she does win the round with her final finish when she takes Camille’s hand in hers, leans over and kisses Camille on the cheek. I think we can all agree that Camille did not expect that at all! And the way Amma left the room she knew it too! Even Camille knows it because right then Alice’s memory was triggered and there has to be a reason why Camille is correlating Alice with Amma but we don’t know it yet! Not to mention that soon after Camille sneaks out to go for a drink and meet Dick (probably feeling too horny), I wonder why!
Speaking of seduction, there is something I forgot in that opening scene of Ammille but since it is connected to the next scene which happened in the book, I am going to tell my point her. Playing out differently than in the book (which is unusual at this point), Dick and Camille are out chilling when Amma and her friends spot them and come over. In the book Amma was wearing a dress, a very short dress. Think of that blue one she had on in that opening scene.
In the book when they met Dick and Camille, Amma was almost in seduction mode but directed towards Dick (and the boys they were with). She would sit in the way that her panties were showing, as per Camille’s description and Camille’s jealousy was obvious because she wanted Dick to herself too. In the book they also leave together in Dick’s car like they were going to here until Camille decided to walk home by herself.
The point here is that in this scene in the show you see Amma is not wearing a dress. In addition she was not out trying to seduce Dick, in fact she was making fan of him, almost bullying him, almost as if she was jealous, that he was with Camille and about to score. Actually, she was also pretty mean to Camille here. Like I said before she looked almost wanting Camille to do something the way she was pushing her button, getting into her personal space (hot!) and there is that lollipop move. Anyway back to the point, so they took the dress that was being used for seduction in the book towards Dick and instead put it in the scene with Camille that wasn’t in the book! Remember (Here is the cap)…
That Amma’s dress is doing what Camille had described in the book, it roving up and showing her panties but while it might seem like it was not intentional and not directed at Camille, we have no doubt that Camille noticed as she passed by Amma! And Amma is a very intelligent little thing (In the book by the way she just turned thirteen!). So, she was out seducing Camille (remember too that she took off her jacket as well before lying on the bed, giving more skin and zero protection from her undies being seen)!
Like I don’t even…
We went from don’t know you, to hugging within the first episode, to intense hugging and kissing and display of jealousy in the third episode! Needless to say, I am loving this series and the changes so damn much! There was no such intimacy between these two in the book, most definitely not where we are at! That part comes much later which really has me crazy excited for when it happens because if this none existent bonding is like this, how will the actual bonding me like?
That ‘Rolling Roulette’ scene can’t get here any sooner! In fact it is going to impact me much more than it did in the book because we now have some prior bonding between the two unlike toe book!
But in the meantime, it looks like the next episode is going to be another episode 2, in other words, not much Ammille and used to catch up to the book timeline because, as of the end of this episode, we are almost at the halfway mark of the book! My guess is that they are going to use the next episode to fill in the missed points from the book and we shall be on the same page again. It seems they are adding new scenes and moving forward but then they go back and catch up with the skipped scenes. Eh, it doesn’t matter in which order they are placed, the story is still headed towards the same…
Please God, please change that ending, I beg of you!
Any way, see ya all.