Worth It (History Episode 202) (CRITIQUE REVIEW​)

“Worth it” is the episode 2 of the season 2 of the web series "History" which revolves around queer lives based in New York City. The series traces the decisions we make based on love, loneliness and the family we choose.

In this episode we dive deeper into the life of Jamie, a gay guy living in New York City. Two parallel time line runs simultaneous throughout the episode. We see the present Jamie and the Jamie from ten years back. We see the past connected to the present intricately with threads of not confronted fears and how relationships, people, moments and emotions bring us face to face with situations that we have escaped instead of dealing with them.

Written, directed and produced byJack Tracy, “Worth it” brings up issues that gay men living in metropolitan cities throughout the world is going through at our time. Though the plot is New York based, Jamie’s story is universal for queer lives around the globe. The story explores the stigma and fear circling around HIV and HIV positive people. In this episode we see Jamie has recently reunited with Collin, Jamie finds himself courted by Stephen, whose confession forces Jamie to overcome a long-held fear.

Jack Tracy has written an extremely simple script which does not fail in bringing out the fast yet engaging life of New York City. He successfully grabs the attention of the audience, beautifully brings out complicated emotions through easy going lines. His direction has made the scenes realistic and impactful. The use of two differently time lines has been brilliantly put to use.

The leading character Jamie has been played by Tracy himself. His acting is natural, he has a beautiful screen presence and his overall performance is incredibly spontaneous. Dialogue delivery and expression is at par with international acting standards. Not just him all other actors including Roger Yeh who plays Stephen has done great job.

The cinematography is excellent and so is the editing. The use of uncomplicated cinematic techniques have made the episode even more relatable and easy to understand. Sex scenes are excellently shot maintaining the right balance. They are neither too explicit nor too unrealistic thereby catering too all sorts of audience. Scene changes and transitions are done in a simple way thereby not letting the audience get distracted. The story line progresses gradually, unravelling the plot slowly in an interesting way. Bits of pieces of information starts making scene as we reach the climax of the episode. The past and present are always overlapping yet running on their own track with their own set of people unknown of each other but connected by one single person.

“Worth it” is about facing one’s own monsters that would keep hiding under the bed until the light is flashed at them. The talk, the issues raised in this episode is highly vital at this time where LGBTQ+ movement has reached its peak throughout the world especially in the United States.

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