‘Another Period’ Presents the New Faces of Feminism

Originally published with Paste on August 25, 2016.

What does it look like if the two female characters who regularly get soused on cocaine wine, manhunt servants and value life only for the wealth and celebrity it offers them become the New Faces of Feminism? It’s the question Another Period poses at the end of its second season finale, and one which undoubtedly positions the third season to be a biting send-up about the fight for women’s rights (both then and now) and what it means to be a feminist.

Throughout Another Period’s second season, the Bellacourt sisters—Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome)—enacted scheme after scheme to achieve the celebrity they so desperately wanted after getting a taste of it at the end of last season. Their outrageous, ill-bred antics earned them front-page coverage and a demeaning moniker: The Pig Sisters. It didn’t matter that they’d degraded themselves in every conceivable way: the press—and, as a result, the public—knew who they were, and any kind of celebrity meant far more to them than anonymity.

But they were foiled with every attempt to regain that level of fame. At the beginning of “Lillian Dies,” Lillian’s pending marriage to media baron Laverne Fusselforth V (Orson Bean) has fallen through after he keeled over at the altar and died. Meanwhile Beatrice has discovered religion after her brother-lover Frederick (Jason Ritter) banished her to the abbey. Despite her own sinful past, she takes Father Black Donahue’s (Jemaine Clement) counsel to heart: “The best thing you can do for those you love is forcefully push your beliefs upon them.”

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