Review: The Idol, “Double Fantasy” | Season 1, Episode 2
Another bifurcated episode chases a wrenching public breakdown with tedious psychosexual games
We’re only two episodes in, but a very obvious pattern is already developing on The Idol. The show is essentially split down the middle at this point, with half of each episode dealing with Jocelyn’s experience in the music industry and half devoted to her romance with Tedros. And in both episodes, one of those halves is a lot more compelling than the other.
“Double Fantasy” peaks during its centerpiece sequence: the music video shoot for “World Class Sinner.” As the main event around which the episode is structured, it’s impressively executed, if not anything particularly new. The storytelling around Jocelyn’s psychotic break is straightforward and effective: this is a young woman who should not be anywhere near a sound stage right now, but she keeps throwing herself into work because she believes it’s all she has.