To paraphrase myself, Switched at Birth is highly underrated, both because of its overarching subject matter -- Deaf culture -- and its bare-bones teen drama. Not only am I glad the series chose to make "Uprising" entirely in American Sign Language because of how radical of an idea that is, but also since this births the possibility that other people will start watching the show, and I'll finally have someone to talk to about how Emmett is way too good for Bay, or how weird it is that Daphne had an affair with the same guy evil Buffy shtupped in Ringer. Until then, here are the highlights of the episode:
Okay, so please forgive me for my ignorance, but I had no idea Katie Leclerc, the actress who plays Daphne, uses a stage voice in order to emphasize her character's hearing loss. (Though Leclerc has a degenerative inner ear disorder, so it's not like she's "faking it." Also she was on Veronica Mars?) Just like the first time I heard Ed Westwick's English accent, I immediately watched ten YouTube videos of her talking in her "real" voice, which was trip. I usually wouldn't point this out because of how obviously rude and obnoxious it is, but I don't think I'm the only one who went through this and it's a testament to how good of an actress Leclerc is.
Watching the Carlton gang do a rap in ASL was really cool, and a nice way to remind us that this group has really come a long way together, even if at times it got painfully cheesy. I also loved the discussion with Melody about Deaf stigmatization -- it was a great example to new viewers of the one-of-a-kind of scenes that Switched at Birth has all the time.
I actually had a huge problem with the fact that there was music throughout the episode, as we were supposed to be watching many scenes through Daphne's perspective; take, for example, when she set off the alarm and didn't even know it until Toby told her -- we actually got a glimpse of a moment in the life of this young woman who lives amongst well-meaning "hearies." The music that played in other scenes, especially the more triumphant montages, minimized that perspective, presumably in favor of assuring viewers who were causally flipping through their channels that their TVs were not broken.
Romeo and Juliet
I feel bad for Kathryn about the play being ruined and hate that Bay was the one who pulled the alarm (even if it was so that it could be used as a plot device in an attempt to win over her Carlton peers later), but I did really enjoy when Daphne and Noah kissed... to the point that made an audible "Ooooh!" sound. Hopefully they take advantage of those stockpiled condoms, amirite?
That banner -- from Bay's three-second creation to its reveal to the complete glossing over of how a one story-tall art installation got installed without anyone noticing -- was hilarious. I cringed and laughed the whole way through Emmett starting the chant, especially at how Occupy Carlton went viral in less than 15 minutes, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up just a tiny bit at the revolution. That being said, Travis throwing the rock through the window and smashing the glass to get in was by far the stupidest part of the episode, and something better come of it next week.
Obviously I hated the guy who wanted to get drunk and screw around on his iPad all night, but I so appreciate how melodramatic he was about absolutely everything. Just a quick question: Can I support #OccupyCarlton (great use of Twitter in this episode, by the way) and these kids' right to party?
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