High Main­te­nance is a se­ries that cel­e­brates new york city’s di­ver­sity

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Television - Jo­hanna Sch­neller

The Show: high Main­te­nance, Sea­son 2, episode 4 (hbo) The Mo­ment: The tuna bagel

Baruch (Luzer Tw­er­sky), a ha­sidic Jew who’s strayed off the path, is danc­ing with a stranger, Ma­rina, at a gay club in Brook­lyn. “You dance like a wild man,” she tells him. “You seem free.”

she’s from Moscow. he’s from “not far from here. south Wil­liams­burg.”

she points to the curls by his ears. “how do you keep it so curly?” she asks.

“Twist it around your fin­ger,” he says, shrug­ging.

They go to a deli. Baruch tears into a tuna bagel and be­gins chok­ing. Ma­rina calls for help. One of the club’s per­form­ers, who stopped in for con­tact lens so­lu­tion, rushes over. he’s cov­ered head to toe in glit­ter body paint.

“i’m a doc­tor,” the per­former says. he does an emer­gency tra­cheotomy. The deli pa­trons watch, winc­ing. “he’s breath­ing,” the doc­tor says. “he’s go­ing to be fine. do you have that con­tact so­lu­tion?”

This is cur­rently my favourite se­ries. in each episode, The Guy (se­ries cre­ator Ben sin­clair), who nav­i­gates new York City with a bike and a back­pack, sells weed to some­one and then we fol­low that some­one’s story. The tone is su­per­nat­u­ral­is­tic. The shots feel caught on the fly.

But watch again and you see that ev­ery­thing is there for a rea­son. The Lucky Charms the ha­sidic guys eat. The num­ber of times in this episode that peo­ple say the word “free.” The way the gay per­form­ers say good night: “Be safe, don’t get at­tacked.”

in its su­per-chill way, this se­ries is an an­swer to Trump de­spair. it cel­e­brates the in­ad­ver­tent in­ter­sec­tions of peo­ple in a poly­glot city, the beauty of ran­dom in­di­vid­u­als spark­ing against one an­other. But it also il­lu­mi­nates the risks in­her­ent in that free­dom and how eas­ily it can be lost.


Luzer Tw­er­sky and na­tia Dune in high Main­te­nance, a se­ries about ran­dom in­di­vid­u­als spark­ing against one an­other in new york city.

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