We have reached the mid-way point of Season 1 for the The Big Door Prize, and the over-arching story is still pretty murky. The show has been decent so far, not at the top of my list for Apple TV+ shows, but nothing unwatchable. Episode 5 provides more of the same, but it gets slightly better at covering more ground throughout the episode.
Episode 5 is titled Trina, and while the title has usually suggested that the entire episode will focus on that character, episode 5 breaks that mold. Trina, played by Djouliet Amara, has a large role in this episode, but we see more of a reaching out affect than I had expected. The episode also follows Dusty and Cass a bit, and I thought zooming out slightly gave the episode a more complete feel.
The episode doesn’t feel stretched, nor does it feel rushed. It flows nicely and I enjoyed watching it more than previous episodes. The plot is still heavily reliant on our characters, guiding them through the ramifications of the MORPHO machine, and it doesn’t have a very clear path yet. We do have 5 episodes to go in Season 1, plus more to come in Season 2, but the lack of impending doom or any kind of stakes is going to get old fast. It’s not a bad show, but I feel like we are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the town of Deerfield.
Overall, episode 5 was slightly better than what we have seen the last few weeks, but it isn’t ground breaking. There is still a lot of ground to cover, but we have developed some really decent characters and Dusty is no longer super annoying. There is enough there to make it worth watching, even if it’s only out of curiosity as to what the heck is coming next.
The Big Door Prize Episode 5: Trina – 8.4/10