I Want Candy (Television Thoughts: Pose S02 E03 E04)

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I was going to write about episode three of this season’s Pose, but then I started watching the fourth episode, ‘Never Knew Love Like This Before’ and I was blown away by it.  This is by far the best episode this season, and it took saying goodbye to Candy (Angelica Ross) one of the characters. Yes, it’s tears-baiting but they did it so well here. Inevitably, death will have to come to one of the characters, and it came for Candy. But first, it did not beg for your tears – it showed Candy as a complex character, even at times unsympathetic, but that doesn’t mean her life should have been in vain. She was turning tricks to make ends meet, and ended up being slaughtered by her john.  This send a ripple through the family, and showed how this was dealt upon during the times. For example, it showed the all-too-familiar scenario then of LGBTQ people not having their wishes honored – they had to beg the city health employees to claim the body so they can have a proper burial. And the service is bittersweet – with the ‘ghost’ of candy talking to all the mourner, including her parents who decided to show up. It ends in a bang, a musical treat wherein Candy performs for the last time for the balls. By that point, I was an emotional wreck and there wasn’t a dry seat in *my* house.

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