Black-ish Season 1 Episode 8 Review: “Oedipal Triangle” | TVOM

TVOM: "Building conflict within families can be difficult for comedies (especially young ones like Black-ish); the natural tendency to make light of everything for laughs can turn examinations of family tropes or misunderstandings into bitter affairs, ultimately undermining the always-cathartic conclusions with the pure amount of vitriol that precedes it. One might say “Oedipal Triangle” avoids this by refusing to resolve its central conflict – the friction between Ruby, Dre’s mother, and Rainbow – but it almost makes the rest of the episode even more bitter, turning the supposed lesson of the episode from “husband helps bridge the gap between mother and wife through compromise” into “people who don’t get along will never get along” – which may be a little more realistic, but is nonetheless an unsatisfying conclusion to a story that appeared to be building towards some kind of meaningful conclusion."

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