Knit to This
Knit to This: Bad Sisters
OK, so it’s probably no surprise that what I really love is an antihero—give me a story led by a character who’s a complete and utter unpleasant nightmare and I’m all in—but in Apple TV’s comedy-ish thriller Bad Sisters, you get FIVE antihero(ine)s*, none of whom I want to have dinner with (quite literally; this set is very poison-y). And that’s before we even get to the villain, who is a villain of villains, the king of villains, the villainest villain who ever villained. He is not nice.
Set in Ireland, Bad Sisters has two timelines (one current, one in the recent past), five sisters (four of whom have pretty awesome houses, so if your attention wanders, you can always lamp-shop the sets), a kind-hearted neighbor, a dog, a kitten, an eye-patch, two half-brother insurance investigators, the most unsupervised medicine cabinet in hospital history, some roofies and an admittedly unlikely Silence of the Lambs basement with a walk-in freezer, all of which add up to a wild, loosey-goosey revenge story that does keep you guessing and hitting the pause button to loudly proclaim to your sister that you’ve “figured it all out!” as loudly as possible about every, oh, five minutes. (I brag: I figured out whodidit early, though I didn’t have the how worked out, because some of the how is hilariously nuts.)
The presence of Sharon Horgan (from Catastrophe) does trick you a bit at first into thinking it’s a comedy. And it is—it’s very very funny. But the tone of Bad Sisters is absolutely berserk and the whiplash switching from quite dry comedy to quite dark drama (sometimes in a single line of dialogue) can be a little disorienting; eventually you just give in and think, “oh, sure, grown women sit around a kitchen table and hatch murder plots over tea all the time, sure, sure, that old story, this is 100% healthy, sure, sure, girl power, mmm hmmm.”
One thing about knitting to it: it does require a bit of attention because the two timelines are relatively close together; you don’t have differing hairstyles or whatever to help ground you in time. So remember: if the dead guy is alive, you are in the past. If the dead guy is dead, you are in the present. I think that’s a pretty good Life Rule to remember, actually, even if you are not watching Bad Sisters. But you should watch it.
*I actually don’t think the Garvey sisters are antiheroes. Right up to the end, they make it a little tough to root for them, though. But: you do.
This thing is on Apple TV+ though I’m sure it was on something Britishy before that. What am I, TV Guide?