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Laura Dern’s canceled HBO series Enlightened feels fresh in light of the #MeToo movement

  • Dern and Mike White co-created Enlightened, which ran two seasons on HBO from 2011 through 2013. “It is not that the show was ahead of its time—more that it now reads like a vital warning, a visual message in a bottle washing up on this anxious shore of a year,” says Rachel Syme. “When once I looked at Amy’s new-age crusades with a mixture of cringey annoyance and pity, I now look on her journey through the series with a newfound tenderness and curiosity. This is not to say that I think the future is going to be made by an army of Amys—she is, after all, a white woman of privilege whose solipsistic search for meaning causes her to steamroller everyone else in her path. But I am seeing nuances in her story that I never did before, and new ways in which her dogged pursuit of justice in the workplace feels especially vital.”

    TOPICS: HBO, Enlightened, Harvey Weinstein, Laura Dern, Mike White, Retro TV, Sexual Misconduct