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The Deuce Season One Finale: “My Name Is Ruby”

The Deuce Season One Finale: “My Name Is Ruby”

Business is good. Money is pouring in. Rudy, Vinnie, Bobby and Frankie are making large wads of cash from the parlor plus the new investment of the private viewing chambers. Life is good on the street for these guys. Eileen tags along with Harvey and continues to meet some of the muscle and money behind the adult movies and viewing chambers. She also gets to be in back of the camera, learning the various facets of the adult film industry – which is a sense of empowerment, considering what she used to do for a living (no judgement, I’m just happy that she’s starting to get an on the job education that doesn’t require her getting...

The Deuce: “Au Reservoir”

The Deuce: “Au Reservoir”

Au Revoir – French for ‘goodbye’ – is a dominant theme in this episode, but I don’t know if the title is a play on that or not, but I’m sticking with it. Saying goodbye to a life that you were eager to get rid of; getting rid of societal expectations; trying to improve your life or the women of the Deuce supporting each other and trying to diminish the patriarchal chains is what really struck me. About time, too. Go on, girls, smash that damn patriarchy. This episode detailed a lot of the backstory of how pornography really became mainstream in New York. In actuality, the credit goes to a gay adult film that was made –...

The Deuce: “Why Me?”

The Deuce: “Why Me?”

We’re over the midseason mark and seeing the evolution of characters as time goes on. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) believes she’s made her way off the street and in front of the camera, but slow work and a quick move by her lover remind her the street is never far away. Vinnie (James Franco) has come a long way from tending bar at two different pubs to now being an investor in a massage parlor/whorehouse. And the streets themselves even take a turn as changes in obscenity laws and political moves by the police force crackdowns. What a week! Candy/Eileen continues to be my favorite character as she strives to find the best way to...

The Deuce: “What Kind of Bad?”

The Deuce: “What Kind of Bad?”

Our characters continue to delve deeper into business deals, alienated relationships and abusive situations – either at the hands of pimps, potential johns or just life on the streets. We know that The Deuce is a show about the seedier side of life in the 1970s, in certain areas of New York. Corruption is everywhere and it seems like no one is immune to taking a bribe – as long as it stays under wraps. Police take payouts in order stay out of certain geographic areas. Pimps trade their girls like it’s no big deal – after all, their girls are nothing but a source of profitable holes (sorry if that is too blunt but let’s face it,...

The Deuce: “I See Money”

The Deuce: “I See Money”

This show has certainly been no shortage of dramatic moments so far in the first three episodes. And HBO continues to keep the shocks coming in episode four “I See Money.” Vinnie (James Franco) has opened the Hi-Hat and sees immediate success. As commented on in the episode, Vinnie has the personality to appeal to different kinds of people and the ability with his bar to bring them all together.  To be a haven for the outcasts.  But when the inner workings of the deals between him and Rudy (Michael Rispoli) become threatened, you have to wonder if they have enough power to keep the people in line.  I still don’t fully...

The Deuce: “The Principle Is All”

The Deuce: “The Principle Is All”

This episode focuses on four characters, their struggles, frustrations and insecurities with the daily goings on in their lives. Vincent (James Franco), Lori (Emily Meade), Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Abby (Margarita Levieva) are all shown in a state of malaise and wanting more from their lives. Don’t we all want to achieve personal and professional satisfaction at some point? Ruby and Candy take a little trip to watch a seedy adult short movie being filmed. What’s even more startling is how quick they are at realizing that the filmmaker in question is pulling a con job. He’s in it to make a fast buck, charging voyeurs a fee to...

Thanks To THE DEUCE Potato Soup Will Never Be The Same!

Thanks To THE DEUCE Potato Soup Will Never Be The Same!

In Episode 2 of THE DEUCE Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) fills in for a girl who can’t make it to her filming session. It seems a film entrepreneur is making an adult film in his basement and Candy takes the opportunity. The way the couple of scenes of the show are shot you can see that Candy is taking in all she can about filmmaking. She finds interest in what the key & fill lights are for as well as the reflective sheet. The importance of the scenes in the show indicate Candy’s willingness to always make the situation better for herself and her learning about making films just might advance herself along. Of course, viewers are probably...

The Deuce: “Show and Prove”

The Deuce: “Show and Prove”

  Already approved for another season, the Deuce continues to amaze audiences and we are only two episodes into it. Bringing light to the grimy streets of 1970s NYC, so far we have been submersed in the popularity of pimping and prostitution.  With this episode, we see women working the streets and trying to find a way to work more money into their pockets.  When you have a pimp taking part of the cut, it doesn’t leave you with much. You could argue the main point of this episode, “Show and Prove,” was for women to show up and prove they could do it for themselves.  In the time when prostitutes were routinely...

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