Sweet/Vicious Review: The Writing’s on the Wall (Season 1 Episode 2)

Now more than ever, Jules and Ophelia are going to have to work together to make sure that the news of Carter’s death doesn’t get out and to keep their secret. 

Sweet/Vicious Season 1 Episode 2, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” is just as comedic, kick-ass, and dangerous as the first episode.

Ophelia and Jules are simply meant to be together. Their friendship doesn’t have the best start, of course, because Ophelia kills Carter. But that is the perfect start because if Ophelia didn’t show up, Jules would be dead.

Watching the relationship between the both of them grow throughout the episode is an amazing thing. Jules and Ophelia go from complete strangers to needing and depending on each other without ever saying those exact words.

Deep down Jules is broken, and Ophelia knows that, but she doesn’t treat her any differently than she does everyone else. Jules has never had someone who can see beyond her fake facial expressions and know how she feels. Someone who can see how hard she works to keep it together.

Even though Ophelia can see through Jules’ façade, she still thinks that she is a strong, independent, and smart woman because that’s exactly what Jules is. They are truly the perfect team to take down scumbag rapists.

The both of them have their outstanding qualities; Ophelia is a wiz when it comes to technology (seriously, I wish I could do the things that she can do), and Jules is the muscle. They’re both the brains.

I see Jules and Tyler’s relationship taking an unfortunate turn sometime during this season. Jules is very obvious about her discomfort when Tyler mentions Carter around her, but he doesn’t know why. When the story of Carter’s disappearance makes the news, she’s going to have to keep a better poker face. Otherwise, it’s going to be a bad situation all around.

Ophelia continues to push Jules to keep up the vigilante act and let her join because she knows how important it is, which is the exact reason why she doesn’t give up when Jules turns her down time after time.

Ophelia isn’t doing the vigilante act for the same reasons, but she needs this. This is the first time that she’s felt like she’s had a real purpose; a real way to do good and help others, which is why she continues to get other cases without Jules’ confirmation.

The two of them are going to bicker, fight, and get on each other’s last nerve, but it’s going to be worth it. Darlington University needs the two of them to continue taking justice into their hands. It is not a want, but a necessity for all the girls who don’t get the justice they deserve.

The ending scene of the episode is truly the best. Jules writing Nate’s name on the wall in the bathroom, facing what happened to her, and admitting to it is the hardest thing she’s ever had to do. She’s never told anybody what happened to her and by putting his name on the wall, she’s essentially telling the whole campus.

She’s not telling the whole school that she was the one, but she’s finally telling the truth about Nate. That alone is a significant step.

Sweet/Vicious has a real possibility to be the new face of MTV. This season is already starting off on a strong point. I especially look forward to the day that Jules gives Nate the ass-kicking he deserves.

Other Thoughts:

  • Not only does this show tackle rape, but it also addresses racial profiling. This show is doing more than 99.9% of the TV shows on the air right now.
  • Ophelia’s quick conversation with her mother on the phone is a good start to learning about her past. It’s obvious that she doesn’t get along with her mother, but why?
  • I know that Kennedy is coming from the right place when confronting Jules about always disappearing and trying to get involved with what’s going on, but it’s a little annoying. I get that she’s trying to be a good friend, but there comes a time when you have to just let someone do their own thing.

Sweet/Vicious airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on MTV.

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