euphoria is usually associated with flashing light, glitter shimmering on each eyelid, neon makeup, and rapid mood swings. When dealing with the frenzy of youthful emotions, it is easy to get caught up in the overwhelming chaos of it all. But the first of two special episodes was supposed to close the gap between seasons one and two, one of euphoriaThe usual dizzying ferocity is there. It's almost as quiet as the calm before the storm, the Rue seemingly busy all the time.
The episode opens with a vision of what Rue's life could have been had she got on the train with Jules at the end of season one, a painterly fantasy in which the two are fully committed, the latter haunted by her fashion designer dreams . But even in Rue's fantasy, she cannot escape her addiction. At the end of their vision, Rue snorts a shattered pill in their shared bathroom, a scene that merges into a real Rue leaving the bathroom of Frank & # 39; s diner to meet up with sponsor Ali after an anonymous meeting with Narcotics on Christmas Eve hold true. Although Rue tries to bluff that she has kept up with her sobriety, Ali quickly sees through her lies and calls them out. Baring her soul in the face of Ali's seemingly omniscient comfort, Rue cycles through the heartbreaking reality of her relapse and self-loathing.
The episode serves as a bridge and finds the space between the rapid emotional upheavals of the first season and the myriad possibilities of the second season to achieve that calm and poignant moment between Rue and Ali, which would not have been possible with another character. Ali, who reveals that he has suffered mistakes in his sobriety, is the only person who knows Rue and who can fully understand her harsh truth and, most importantly, not be afraid. Although the two are naturally different people, their addiction connects them in a dark way so that they can be their worse selves without fear of judgment.
Instead of being scared if Rue reveals her suicidal thoughts or past crimes, Ali reveals his past and philosophy of life, which enables him to get as far as possible. Along the way, he shares his view of her relationship with Jules and advises the young addict to focus on her journey instead of trying to get her confused situation working. Despite the lack of the flashiness usually expected from the series, "Trouble Don't Last Always" is just as powerful as the most visceral scenes from season one. Only Rue and Ali are open about their addictions, misdeeds and fears.
The second special episode has no release date yet, but fans can expect it to be released before the second season airs. "Trouble Don & # 39; t Last Always Always" is currently available on HBO Max and will air on HBO on Sunday, December 6th.