One of the most beautiful things about Daisy Jones & The Six is that it’s real. Yes, we know it’s fiction. What we mean by the “real” part is that this show isn’t afraid to touch all aspects of life. It’s not afraid to say hey, here’s the good, the bad, and the shit that will piss you off.
And you’re going to be okay with it, because you feel like you’re getting pieces of something that you want to see. You want the band to be real and you want to see every bit of their lives. You want to see the behind the scenes of their lives. You want to know what happened. You want to see everything that happens with their lives.
And Daisy Jones & The Six makes us feel like we’re getting just that. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
This episode had me appreciating Billy Dunne and hating him. I felt bad for him and I also felt angry. He’s not perfect, no one is. The thing is that Billy got help and that makes me feel for him. He knew that he had to get himself together in order to be able to move forward in life. He knew that he needed to get his shit together in order to be there for his little girl.
But coming home, it’s not easy. He’s not ready for it. Sure, in the 70’s addiction wasn’t understood in the same way that it is now, but that also doesn’t excuse anything.
The band wants to pick up right where they left off, but Billy, he just wants to meet his little girl. She’s adorable. He’s terrified to be near her, but he’s also terrified of everything. He doesn’t want the same temptations to take ahold of him.
It’s Sam Claflin’s portrayal of Billy in these episodes that make us rethink any stance we’ve had on Billy. He gives us such a vulnerable performance that you take a second look at everything that you’ve felt. Sam Claflin has portrayed Billy Dunne in a way that has taken you through all of the emotions that you can feel in three episodes.
As we watch him though, trying to get back to his family, what we realize, again, this is Camila Morrone’s world and we’re just blessed to be living in it. The scenes between her and Sam Claflin will destroy you. It will make you cry and shriek and well, just root for them to survive.
You root for them to love.
The band may not understand why Billy wants to quit, but they are taking it. They are looking for a new frontman and no one can compete with Billy and the way he possesses the stage. Yet, I do believe that him taking the time away was what was necessary.
Billy and his family needed time to heal.
One of the most powerful scenes in this episode was Camila telling Billy that he needs to pick up his daughter and confronting him of all the things that he hasn’t done and all of the things that he needs to do. Telling him to pick up his daughter was of the utmost importance, because he needed to be forced to see that he can heal.
He’s not going to be the worst things that he’s done forever.
It’s strange how something as simple as connection can change everything. Connection is complicated and it’s simple. Billy seemed to change the moment that he picked up his little girl. The moment he picked her up, he knew that life was worth living and not just existing through.
Daisy is trying to impress Teddy and she writes one song that she loves. Teddy pushes her and pushes her. She’s looking for validation from him – the kind of validation that she never got from her father. Though Teddy doesn’t get that, we think that he likes people wanting his approval.
Teddy went to the studio with a song that Billy had written, but they weren’t impressed. Teddy had thought that something was special about it, so the studio passing wasn’t something that he really saw coming. But as he sat in the room, talking with Daisy, the song was playing in the background.
She wanted to know what it was.
Now, I loved the fact that Daisy heard it in the song also. It was something that we needed – a connection between Billy and Daisy – even though the two hadn’t met yet. It was something important (at least for us) because Daisy hearing something in Billy without meeting him shows a connection.
Teddy allowing Daisy to work with the song and then bringing the group in for a recording session, we knew that something was going to happen. Something special.
Seeing Billy back in the recording studio, that was one of those special things. He feels at home in the studio. He looks alive there. The whole band does.
They were all excited to be inside the studio. They were all excited to be performing.
And then Daisy arrived.
One of the best things about Daisy is that she doesn’t have a filter. She says what is on her mind and it does come from a place of vulnerability and passion. Billy doesn’t know that she’s rewritten the song and when he finds out – he’s mad.
Teddy had lied to him and said that the record company had liked the song, but has to tell Billy the truth. He’d tried to protect Billy, but what he had done was caused a bigger problem. Yet, facing the problem of knowing that his song – the one that he loved – wasn’t good enough was hard for him. The passion for the music though made him not walk out.
It made him record Daisy’s version. And it was MAGIC.
Billy may have looked at that day as a nightmare and Daisy may have looked at it as the best day of her life, but to us, it was the start of something special.
The next three episodes of Daisy Jones & The Six premiere this Friday, March 10th.
Read our reviews of the first two episodes –