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Vida - Episode 10 - Review: "Learn To Use Your Feathers"

The foruth episode of "Vida" is a pretty emotional one, especially for Lyn, who has to come to terms with what she is and what she is becoming. Emma, on the other hand, seems to be one step out the door, having signed a lease for an apartment. She is planning to leave and Lyn isn't really excited about that. Plus, the bar is still finding its groove, with also the help of Baco and Nico.

I found it interesting to understand why Lyn behaves like she does. In a very intimate conversation with Dona Tita, we as viewers find out that Vida told Lyn that to have a purpose in life, she had to find a man. Her mother thought that she didn't have too much to offer to other people in terms of personality, so she had to use other ways to be interesting. It's a pretty incredible thing for a mother to say to her daughter and I don't mean that in a good way, unfortunately. Lyn seeks male attention and expresses herself better through her sexuality because that's what she's been told all her life, not just by her mom, but by other people, men included.

And then there's Emma, with her complicated feelings and her fear of getting other people in. She's always been different from Lyn because she seems to be more afraid to show her what she feels to others. Take Nico, for instance. It's clear that there's some interest there, that she's into her, but then she has sex with Baco. It's not a totally irrational choice, it's because I think she doesn't want her feelings take the upper hand and so she does something that goes the opposite direction.

The end of the episode is a clear message for the audience: the two sisters are still grieving for their mother's death. There is no timeline for grief and there is no right or wrong way to feel it, sometimes it's just there. It probably wasn't clear in the previous episodes, but it is clear now, after that ending. They cope differently, as it happens, but they are both still in some sort of denial about it. They see her as this presence which is guiding them but also preventing them from moving on. It's one of the best depiction of grief I've ever seen on TV.

Favorite line:
Dona Tita: "Sometimes it's not the train, sometimes it's the bus you get on. You still get there... va saber".

What did you guys think about the episode? Let me know in the comments below!

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