I’ve finally watched Tuesday night’s episode of The Last Resort.
It’s day two at the couples’ therapy retreat, and it’s clear they are all still feeling salty af.
The show starts with a recap of ep 1, and I am reminded to feel devo for DTF Jodie who gives us the status report on her and Stu’s absent sex life, saying “there’s still no kissing at this point.” wtf Stuuey.
Carl keeps getting annoyed at his wife Lucy for bringing up the affair -perhaps not having an affair would avoid the annoyance of discussing it but who am I- leaving his wife to tiptoe around his insecurities while he remains unaccountable; like all straight white able-bodied cisgender men should.
The music fades out, as an evening unfolds outside on the beaches of Fiji. The group of confused and still tragic Australian lovers take seat at the foot of a bonfire.
Each person is instructed to reach behind them, where they’ll find a box. Inside, they reveal a symbol of their resentment in the relationship which they will soon be burning just like the way they were burned by each other in real lyfe.
This exercise is crucial, the experts say, because by burning their resentment symbol they will take the first steps in moving forward.
As each couple explains their choice of symbolic material matter they obligingly toss it into the flames that endeavour to eat up all the highly complex problematic behaviours within each individual as practically possible; one symbol at a time, rendering all the toxic monogamy into nothingness. That’s why you need to do this ritual outside so the incompatibilities can be diffused by the wind so that there is nothing else but smoke and sufficient enough love for all.
Later, Josh and Sharday, as well as Lucy and Carl are thrown into the ultimate experiment where they are unwittingly lead into a setting that requires them to sit through a fake wedding, as they are made to watch their other half marry a complete stranger.
“The mock wedding is a fantastic tool to show these couples a future they might not like,” Michael tells.
I had to pause the program at this point to go and rewatch that Pepsi ad with Khloe Jenner just to recalibrate my capacity for BS. Jealousy as experts seem to advise here, is a pivotal indicator of love; and a valid teleological justification for staying committed in any toxic relationship.
The “groom” / “bride” embrace their tearful other halves because it was all pure savage, to which the credits roll and the mathematical disingenuous basis of the show comes to an..
Until next time…
Overall, a fantastic episode reminding me that support for the monetisation and commodification of people’s suffering, makes the acquisition of wealth for capitalist possible. Staying tuned to improve ratings.