The Fall of the House of Usher: Goldbug
October 21, 2023 5:34 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Pym digs up disturbing information on Verna. With her marriage on the decline, Tamerlane hosts a turbulent product launch that shatters expectations.

"As was the case with T’Nia Miller last episode, Samantha Sloyan is outstanding as an extraordinarily wealthy and well put-together woman coming apart at the seams. The way she almost physically wills her presentation back on track after stumbling out on stage shouting the f-bomb at a nonexistent person, with the camera never flinching from her high-cheekboned, anxiety-ridden face, is a wonder to behold."—from Sean T. Collins' recap for Decider

"But while Tamerlane’s drama is taking center stage, the elder Ushers, with the help of Pym, are closing in on Verna. In a sequence that takes House of Usher’s eat-the-rich ethos and dials it all the way up, Pym uncovers photographic evidence that Verna has been hovering around the rich and powerful for at least a century: William Randolph Hearst and John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, but also, more recently, Mitch McConnell and Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump. Like I said, love it or hate it, no one could credibly call The Fall of the House of Usher a subtle series."—from Scott Meslow's two-star review for Vulture
posted by bcwinters (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It was during the hollow earth bit that I finally figured out what I'm enjoying so much about this show: it's taking Poe not as inspiration, but as setting. They do this all the time the other way around with Shakespeare: Hamlet on Wall Street, Macbeth in space, etc. Only this time it's Generic Slasher, but Poe, in the C-suite. It's a completely goofy idea and I'm loving it.

I almost lost it when the Koch brothers popped up. The Toxic Twins! Zucky! Climate Denial Dundee! "Do you remember when she tried to make a case for two dollar a day pay? No? She's a trip."
posted by phooky at 6:47 PM on October 21, 2023 [3 favorites]

I agree with Meslow's review in terms of how sad I felt for Juno that she assumed she was the target of Tamerlane's rage, but also I feel she's been fairly wasted as a character. That's probably because I really like Ruth Codd so I wish she was given as much to do as all the other Ushers.But I'm guessing being on the sidelines means she's to be spared.
posted by miss-lapin at 7:24 PM on October 21, 2023

It took me until this episode to realize that "Verna" is an anagram of "Raven."
posted by SPrintF at 9:46 PM on October 21, 2023 [5 favorites]

My wife and I are nearly through our first watch of the entire run of Regular Show (so, so many episodes) and every time Pym says anything we expect to see a helpful immortal albino gorilla.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 11:43 AM on October 30, 2023

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