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TV Show Reviews

The Act Season One (2019) - Shreya Sachdev

The Act is a 2019 drama television show created by Nick Antosca and stars Joey King, Patricia Anrquette, Calum Worthy, AnnaSophia Robb, Chloe Sevigny, and many others. To give a little bit of background information, The Act is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard (played by Joey King) who unfortunately had a very difficult childhood due to the fact that her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard (played by Patricia Anrquette), told her that Gypsy had several illnesses and constantly needed to be in the hospital or in the care of her. In reality, Gypsy was perfectly fine and did not have any illnesses. To this day, it remains unknown as to why exactly Dee-Dee Blanchard wanted to make it appear as if her daughter was sick and put her through so much trouble, but many people believe that Dee-Dee’s reasons for making it appear as if Gypsy was unwell was to draw in sympathy from other people and to help raise money. Dee-Dee had many charities set up and lots of people would feel bad for Gypsy’s condition and donate money to help her. Soon enough, Gypsy became suspicious of the things that Dee Dee was telling her because Gypsy realized that she could in fact walk and did not need a wheelchair. She also became suspicious of how old she actually was. All this suspicion and curiosity led to Gypsy finding an older boyfriend on the internet named Nick (played by Calum Worthy) who she would talk to regularly about her feelings. Soon enough, the two started a BDSM relationship and Nick convinced Gypsy to let him kill her mother. Therefore, this show is based on the events that led up to the murder. As you all know, I am really interested in true crime, and the murder of Dee-Dee Blanchard is one of the most interesting cases I’ve ever researched because whilst you feel sympathy for the one who was murdered, you feel even worse for the murderer since it was Gypsy who was unable to have a proper childhood due to her mother’s rules. I think that the show does a fantastic job at depicting how confused Gypsy is with her life and how conflicted she is. It’s clear from watching the show that even though she wants to be able to live a normal life, she doesn’t want to disobey her mother. Joey King does an excellent job at acting the role of Gypsy and really does make her out to be a child who’s obsessed with princesses and fairy tales. Patricia Anrquette also does a great job at portraying Dee-Dee Blanchard and makes the audience really dislike her character. I’ve enjoyed watching this show, but the only problem I have with it is that it is somewhat show and often times, characters disappear and they don’t come back which leaves me slightly confused. However, a fantastic show with a story worth telling. I would give this show a 9/10.

Shreya Sachdev