“Godzilla” finds Lady Parts still feeling very dejected that they did not make the cut during their audition for Sound Smash. Most of the blame for why that occurred falls on Amina yet again. She wants to quit the band because she feels like her anxiety will constantly conquer her, and she won’t be able to be the creative force she wishes to be. For the second time this season, Saira steps up and decides to help Aminaagain conquer her fear of performing in public. She awkwardly stumbles her way through a poetry reading, gaining praise from Saira about pushing her fear aside.
The fact that the secondary guitarist has to put so much work into mentally supporting the lead guitarist in this band feels wrong. She’s not a child; she should be able to rise above those doubts on her own with the coping skills she has developed. It’s not like Amina is hurting for genuine friendships. She has them. She just doesn’t use them in the proper ways.
Saira continues to be a stand-out character mostly because of the layers unfolding about what her life was previously and what she may want it to be. She does, however, struggle to put herself first. Somehow Amina performs solidly enough at the poetry night to get over her stage fright. This event also causes Saira to see her boyfriend Abdullah flirting with another attractive female. Saira calls time on the relationship even though she really doesn’t want that, and she’s just upset. She calls him later and deletes a voicemail indicating that her sister died of Leukemia, a sister he only learned about in episode three.
Saira is good at pushing the pain away, but all the focus on her character distracts from the other band members and the stories that could be told about their lives. One great example of that is towards the end of the episode, we meet a social media influencer who wants to market the band because of the website put up by the band manager episodes earlier.
Drummer Ayesha falls for the influencer, and it’s clear from the gig at the Irish pub filled with racists that the influencer has ulterior motives. At the very least, performing at a gig where you know everyone hates what you stand for gave Amina the courage to play and sing fearlessly. This was a stronger episode and gave sexuality representation where there had been none previously in the show.
My only problem with Godzilla as an episode is that everyone in the band feels easily lead. These are grown women finishing their graduate degrees in science, among other subjects. At the very least, they’re in their late 20s, and I don’t understand why some adult decisions are so complicated. If Saira doesn’t want to be in a relationship with Abdullah, she should just indicate that.
The best strength of the show is the sisterhood between the band members. If they keep that continuous camaraderie, the show could have a long life. I love the integration of culture within the show, and I hope it continues e to educate views as the weeks go on.