The L.A. Complex Review: Real Acting
Every week on The L.A. Complex another character is dealing with a battle.
Whether it's Raquel's inner struggle to accept how she's perceived or Kaldrick's constant battle within himself to tear down who he really is, the idea of tonight's episode ("Choose Your Battles") resonates with each character's inner and external struggles.
This installment, like so many others in this series, is particularly well-structured, opening with Kal getting out of bed in just his underwear and suiting up to become Kaldrick King, the rapper. It looked like work for him... because it was. He has to strap on his identity daily and it's wearing on him, especially when he's constantly challenged to defend it, this week by Infinite Jest and the press, since he needs to make some appearances to reassure the public the King is not dead, but very much alive and rapping.
But nothing is ever easy, and Tariq haunts Kaldrick's every move, pushing him out of the recording studio, inspiring him to stop Infinite Jest from getting beaten up too terribly, and leading him toward the 19th Street Mission, where we learn his father resides. Another twisted ending involving Kaldrick, which I love.
Raquel is fighting on a number of fronts, even though she had an easier week this time around. We actually get to see the actress act, and she's pretty great at it. Major props to Jewel Staite for taking on this meta-role with aplomb. I actually forgot about the whole pregnancy thing until the end of the episode, when she had severe cramps/morning/night sickness. Or was she losing the baby? Nothing was quite clear except for the fact that she is quite guarded with her feelings and after initially pushing Connor toward his rather indecent proposal, she now feels some major remorse.
Meanwhile, Simon and Beth are striking out with their homemade head shots, but only because their original agent is a scam artist. With some creative lying, Beth manages to get Simon an audition, but sacrifices one of her L.A. rules in the process. Simon points out the lies to Beth, but all she can see is the success of her own plan.
Simon doesn't end up getting the part, Beth is angry, and her and some Lux friends each Chinese. All is well, for now, but how much will Beth give of herself to try and get Simon a role? I predict an Alicia-like slope for the character of Beth, to a lesser degree and minus the pornography and sex tape.
As for Nick and Abby, shippers take a breath. I doubt this break up will last, and I agree with Abby's assessment that these two moved way too quickly. Of course, Abby is just as quick to bail on the relationship as she was to move in, but at least that much is in character. As for Nick and Sabrina, I did feel badly for Nick, and respect his wish to keep things civil, but perhaps this battle for his career is one that he should indeed be picking, as Sabrina is clearly succeeding as the better comedian and fighter of the two.
And by the way, why does Abby appear to like the actor she's playing opposite of on Saving Grace? He seems so boring. I loved that she slipped him the tongue though, as television kissing does always seem to be nothing like the real thing, unless you're watching it on cable. Another seemingly real moment.
Looking forward to next week's episode? Stay tuned.