A Discovery of Witches is back for episode 2×02 of the series where Diana shows how powerful she is, Matthew sets us on edge, and we notice something startling about this show. Oh, also Kit is totally gay for Matthew. We know it. We see it. It’s real, and we won’t look at it any other way!
Diana is a BAMF, Now and Forever
Look, we know a lot of people say they would die for Matthew. He’s got that voice, that grin, and the way he carries himself. All hot. But he’s nothing in comparison to the queen of our hearts, Diana Bishop. Yes, we went there. Every single time she’s on screen our eyes immediately zero in on her and we thank the stars that being queer is part of who we are.
This episode of A Discovery of Witches just elevated all of that and showed us how truly powerful she is. First of all, the shoe and the snake. Our girl looked at it and BOOM a real life snake slithering around. And that’s Diana when she’s just looking at something for 5 seconds. It took no real effort. Imagine what Diana will be capable of when she really sets her mind on things? Unstoppable she will be.
Then there’s the whole thing with the egg. Diana thinks outside of the box, always and forever, and we don’t know why we were surprised when it came to this. The egg needed to be in the bowl and she made it happen. No biggie that she also made life with just her thoughts and desire to do what was asked of her. Unlike the snake, this is her trying with a fraction of effort and control of her powers.
Imagine what kind of witch, what kind of woman, Diana will be when she gets the training that she needs? Knox, and the rest of his busy bodies in the future, better watch out. A storm is coming and Diana is at the forefront of it, ready to charge into battle and show them what kind of witch, what kind of weaver, she truly is.
Matthew is a Little Edward Cullen and We Don’t Like It
Matthew…well, he was a little intense in this episode. If you like that sort of thing and want a man losing himself because of his need to protect you, then good on you. You do you, boo. But for me, I’m not here for it. Not even one second of it. Matthew needs to reel it back, take a chill pill, and talk to Diana about what’s going on before he does anything else.
It’s not like I don’t understand why Matthew is twisting himself into knots. He’s worried about what this time will do to Diana. And even though he knows that she can protect herself, she’s ignorant of some of the realities of this time period. Because Diana is a historian, but books never fully capture a time period. You must live them to experience them to the fullest. Diana is doing that now and Matthew has done it.
Back to Matthew, he was a little….intense in this episode. Like, I couldn’t help thinking, “Calm down, Edward Cullen. Or we’re about to pull this car over right now!” In that moment with Kit where he was trying to figure everything out…he kind of scared me a little bit. This is a Matthew I’ve only caught glimpses of in the past and I don’t like seeing this Matthew being developed in such a manner.
And just to clarify, it’s not Diana’s job to ground Matthew. He has to ground himself while seeking companionship and advice from Diana. He must do this and we think A Discovery of Witches knows that. That’s why they haven’t made him as intense when around Diana. They understand that Matthew needs to get his shit together and live for himself. That’s what makes good TV and we’re ready and willing to see more of this growth and him facing his demons at Diana’s side.
Kit Loves Matthew
From the first moment that I saw Kit interact with Matthew, I knew there was something there. A bond of some sort that had been forged and strengthened through time. But also a bond that is being threatened by Diana and her everything. That’s why he doesn’t like Diana, despite acting like he does. She’s a threat to everything that he has with Matthew and I get that disdain.
Personally, we need Kit to say it. Say that you love Matthew. Say that you care for him so deeply that you would never hurt him. Say that he lights up your world. Say it and give me the LGBTQ representaiton that I’ve been aching for. Say it and make it real. Then, and only then, can we really dive into the kind of character that you are.
Besides the whole, loving Matthew of it all, we’re just really curious about the bonds that Matthew had 400 years ago and the kind of counsel Kit provided. This can’t be the first time Kit has suggested something like this. And we’re really curious at how those moments went in comparison to what’s going on now to determine the kind of man Matthew left behind.
This Show Needs More Women and POC
If there’s one thing that this show needs is more women. Yes, I understand that men were in positions of power in comparison to women. But this is a supernatural historical show. If you can make witches, vampires, and daemons a thing, then you can make a show where women are more than window dressing for the male characters.
Also, where are the people of color? Are they window dressing for the white characters? Because right now, they are basically in service of others instead of being in service of themselves. And again, I understand that this is supposed to be “historically accurate.” But having witches, vampires, and daemons completely negates that.
If we can have a fantasy world where a witch and a vampire fall in love, then we can have more women, we can have more people of color. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility. And the fact that this show didn’t take a chance when it came to more positive representation, bugs the hell out of me. I watch because I enjoy how different this show is from our world.
Stop wasting the opportunity you have to make something truly great. Give us the representation and escapism that we all deserve.
A Discovery of Witches airs Saturdays on Sundance Now and Shudder.