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It is a series of dramas that embody the life of aspiring writer Emily Dickinson. Emily has always been embarrassed by her parents and ignored by the community, but will not stop anything to rebel against her strict background. Emily tries to make her voice heard through poetry and writing.
Apple's most satisfying and confident treat, without question, is creator Alena Smith's sly comedy "Dickinson" - a surprisingly splendid liberation riff on everyone's favorite 19th-century poet, Emily Dickinson.
The acting is terrible, and not in a let's-drink-wine-and-make-fun-of-it way. A primary problem is that the children speak in a 2019 manner and the adults speak with the more appropriate antebellum affect.
Em's imagination has her changing into this sultry red gown and riding away with Death, whose carriage is pulled by glow-in-the-dark invisible horse outlines and who is played by WIZ KHALIFA in Mad Hatter cosplay. I love ... everything about this?
It doesn't overdo the ironic modernity, instead sprinkling a handful of mild swear words and slang terms into each episode in a way that doesn't take the viewer out of the story. It's pretty artfully done.
The show liberates Emily from her present-and closes, with a slam, the gap between Emily's world and our own. Dickinson's passion is infectious; one is tempted to start signing emails with glorious, cryptic em-dashes.
Dickinson shows promise in a number of areas -- among them striking visual language, an irresistible playfulness in the music supervision, and a sense of fun, if not humor, that pervades even scenes about mortality or misogyny.