In the second episode of season two, “The President Kissed Me,” we see how a television show can be used to bring about change. The american crime story season 2 is a 10-episode series that tells the story of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. The show has received positive reviews, but some people have said that it does not live up to its predecessor, American Crime Story: Versace.
REVIEW: “The President Kissed Me,” Episode 2 of American Crime Story: Impeachment
“This has nothing to do with fairness.” “So, what’s the deal?” “Impeachment.”
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Monica is sad in “The President Kissed Me,” believing that President Clinton has given up their affair and worries that she will not return to the White House. Linda counsels her on how to gain his attention when she tells her about the tryst. In the meanwhile, Paula’s case has a new supporter. Ann Coulter is assisting in the effort to prosecute Clinton for motives other than altruism. Linda finally gets the attention she craves when a journalist comes to interview her — but not for the purpose she believes. Monica eventually gets to visit the White House, and she gets herself into a lot of trouble.
The ensemble continues to shine as their real-life personas in “The President Kissed Me,” which isn’t nearly as thrilling as “Exiles.” The exploitation and abuse of women around the Bill Clinton scandals seems to be the primary motivation for impeachment. As much as Clinton’s treatment of Monica or the media murder of Paula Jones, the emphasis is on Linda Tripp and her cunning betrayal of her.
This series spends a lot of time talking about the media as vultures. Both prior episodes looked at the harm that the media can do to people and ideas. Susan Carpenter-McMillan (Judith Light) comes on the scene as a self-described “conservative feminist” to defend Paula’s interests. I believe she is similar to Linda in that she acts in her own self-interest rather than Paula’s. Susan informs the next available person that Paula is nice but also “stupid as a rock” as soon as she leaves the room. Susan isn’t helping her case here, although I may be prejudiced since she’s my political nightmare.
Monica Lewinsky is played by Beanie Feldstein, who is endlessly charming, and it’s painful to see her reveal such sensitive information. I can’t help but feel sorry for Linda Tripp, as nasty and deceitful as the program portrays her to be. Her existence is bleak; she lacks friends and pastimes. And, like most others, she is to blame for the majority of her difficulties. She has no desire to put herself out there in the dating scene, and she tells Monica that her dating days are over.
She speaks about how her children are the greatest thing in her life, yet she doesn’t get along with them on the few occasions they’re seen. Linda seems to be just concerned with her career and returning to the White House. It’s no surprise that her personal life is in disarray. But it’s intriguing that she’s ready to do the same to Monica. Sarah Paulson is absolutely engrossed in her character, and I can’t wait to see more of her work.
I feel stupid for not seeing that Clive Owen is portraying Bill Clinton sooner. This is an unexpectedly good casting decision for this guy; “The President Kissed Me” goes a long way for him. In this episode, his charisma and power with ladies are obvious, and his accent is spot-on. Like the way he sweeps these young ladies up, his magnetic presence pervades every scene he appears in. The connection between Owen’s Clinton and Feldstein’s Lewinsky is electric, which helps to explain the latter’s choices.
This isn’t to argue that impeachment is a one-sided process. Monica feels remorse about being connected with a married guy, and Hilary Clinton (Edie Falco) is recognized and displayed. Monica’s buddy even mentions that she has a habit of getting into relationships with unavailable guys and then spiraling out of control when they stop. I’ve only only known the bare bones of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, so this is all fascinating to me.
When it comes to Falco, I first thought she was an odd pick, but she looks the part. The film “The President Kissed Me” looks into the complicated web of motives and divisions that have surrounded the impeachment and other events. Another recurrent topic across the series’ many chapters is this. I know I said it last week, but Impeachment’s costumes and makeup are incredible. The impact of some of these performers becoming completely unidentifiable cannot be emphasized.
American Crime Story has always been well constructed, but this element seems to be more notable in Impeachment. It’s possible, though, that it’s just because I’m better acquainted with these characters. The show’s musical soundtrack by Mac Quayle shines most in “The President Kissed Me,” emphasizing Monica’s inner struggle as well as the plotting of supporting characters. Unlike its sister series, which fluctuates in quality from year to year, American Crime Story is dependably an A+ production.
The dialogue in “The President Kissed Me” was also very good, with some genuine zingers from Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter. I loved her remark about being a conservative rather than a Republican since Republicans are “too polite” and ineffective.
I don’t agree with or like the character, but this was a hilarious conversation. Her desire to defeat Clinton by whatever means necessary fits nicely with the subject of opportunism and political maneuvering. In “The President Kissed Me,” Sarah Paulson had a number of excellent lines as Linda Tripp. Her speech about her children is fantastic, and it’s heartbreaking to watch how strained her relationship with her daughter is.
Linda’s remark to the reporter, in which she informed him that he was missing a larger story, was amazing. The lines themselves were simple and uncomplicated. Even though Linda is by no means a moral authority, Paulson’s speech brims with passion and a feeling of righteous fury. The true narrative here is that everyone, even their female “allies” who came to “assist” them, exploits Paula and Monica for their personal benefit. It’s a disgrace, but it makes for excellent television.
Overall, I prefer “The President Kissed Me” over “Exiles,” but it’s still enjoyable. I’m still enthralled and eager to see where the narrative goes next (including the parts we already know). The actors, music, costumes, and make-up create an absorbing experience that affirms American Crime Story as one of the finest dramas on television once again.
Plot – 7
Acting (10 points)
10 Production Design
Drama – 7
“The President Kissed Me” isn’t as excellent as “Exiles,” but it’s still enjoyable. I’m still engrossed in the tale and want to see where it goes next.