TV Club: Review: “Buried Alive, 6 Star Review, Public Speaking”

In Review, Forrest tries to capture the vast range of human experience, reducing each of life’s adventures to a rating and a handful of words. “Buried Alive, 6 Star Review, Public Speaking” focuses on the power of words, their power to inspire, to forge connection, to comfort, and to devastate.

For his first assignment, Forrest is buried alive, a “terrifying undertaking.” All the action of this segment is laid out to make the outcome both ghastly and cozily predictable. Forrest listens intently to the sounds of Josh and Tina shoveling dirt onto his furtive grave, anticipating that the only thing worse will be the moment when they stop. (“Yup,” he confirms seconds later, “that is more terrifying.”) Only Josh knows where he’s buried, and Josh is, Forrest reflects ruefully, “the stupidest person I know.” The groundskeeper bribed for nighttime access to the graveyard has had the fear of …

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