The Deuce - Season 2, Episode 08: Nobody Has to Get Hurt
In an exciting and dramatic atmosphere, this series takes a deep look behind the life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s when the porn and many wrongdoings were spreaded so much. At the beginning of this season we see Vincent doing so well in the management of his new night club, Club 366. Also, his girl friend Abby helps him on this. But he may get in troubles because of his brother who borrows money from a sex emporium to pay off his debts.
Simon and Pelecanos seem to have hit their stride with this particular story, expertly balancing character-driven storytelling with a wide-angle view of the social, economic, political, cultural, sexual, and gendered dynamics of the era.
I would not call The Deuce's vision of morality a sign of progress, but HBO's drama about the sex trade in 1970s New York City does present a different way to think about female desire and agency inside sexist systems.
Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling - and complicated - as the Martino brothers' lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal.