I had to use Nabiyah Beh’s image as the cover picture for this review because her performance of a live song as Simone Jackson at a New York club gave me goosebumps in episode seven of “Daisy Jones and The Six”. And it wasn’t just the vocals, but more about the performance being a tipping point in her career – a closeted black artist who comes to the big city and finally sets herself free through music. The juxtaposition of Simone’s struggle in the industry against Daisy’s nonchalant antics in the face of fame is the highlight of this edition.
Episode seven was great entertainment in terms of story, songs, scenery – a lot of stuff unfolds in the beautiful Greece, where Daisy runs off to after her fallout with Billy. Simone tries to smack some sense into her, with partial success. And then comes episode eight, which sort of killed my buzz. If episode seven was satisfaction, eight resembled disappointment. Daisy and The Six go on tour and the things that unfold from there on were just tedious to watch. Look, I don’t have a problem with predictability, even the Greece bit was cliched, but at least it provided a charming visual break and threw in some new characters.
Titled “Looks Like We Made It”, episode eight has uninspiring dialogues, scenes that just seem to repeat themselves and the usual tension between Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne. The band is on tour, so we don’t even get new songs to break the monotony. So, there is the usual sexual tension between the lead singers, some fights, some drinking and a lot of drugs. Zzzzzzz. I am more interested in watching Nabiyah Beh’s journey as Disco queen Simone now; and Ayesha Harris is intimidatingly charming as her DJ girlfriend Bernie.
I haven’t mentioned any of the supporting actors who play the band-members in “The Six” because, I think they are all eclipsed by Riley Keough and Sam Calfin, who portray Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones. In episode eight, there’s a scene where the band is gathered for a press conference, and all the reporters have questions only for Billy and Daisy, as if the rest of them are invisible. That scene sums up who the stars are. However, one wishes that their story could have been more compelling.
Overall it’s a 6 on 10 from me for these two episodes. Stream the series on Prime Video.
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