Updated: Oct 5, 2019
The Hulu TV show The Act just aired its final episode and it’s worth the watch. The tragic, disturbing case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the abuse and scam behind closed doors makes this one of the most captivating murder cases of the century that has also become an HBO documentary and Lifetime movie. The Act is a true crime drama TV series that gives an in depth visual of the occurrences that came before, during, and after the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard; but does it accurately tell us what happens?
As soon as I saw the trailer for the show I knew I had to watch it since I knew absolutely nothing about this case. From its air date on March 20, 2019 to it’s ending on May 1, 2019, all I have to say is this show is worth the binge. The Act is a fascinating show for plenty of reasons, but the element that stood out to me was how the story was told. We were told the story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard from the day they first got the public's attention to the night of the murder with each episode giving us a minute or two of a taste of the occurrences the night Dee Dee was murdered. Since episode 1, I absolutely could not wait till the following Wednesday for the next episode. The story of Dee Dee and Gypsy was made to seem raw thanks to the talents of Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy; but we can’t take everything showed on the show as fact. In the show Mel; Dee Dee and Gypsy’s Neighbor; played a big role in finding Dee Dee’s body and ending the show with a visit to Gypsy’s in jail; however she didn’t exist at all. Gypsy has also shown her concern for the way her best friend Aleah Woodmansee is portrayed. In the show Aleah is portrayed as the character Lacey who wanted nothing to do with Gypsy and felt as she deserved nothing but the worst after the news that she killed her mother, and that extremely upset Gypsy. According to an interview between E! and family friend Fancy Macelli about Gypsy, "She heard from people about how Aleah was being portrayed, and she was very upset about that because Aleah was such a positive influence for her like an older sister and she didn't like that,” and if I was Gypsy, I would probably feel the same way.
Despite the dramaticized aspects of the show, overall it does an excellent job at telling Gypsy’s story in visual and entertaining way. Seeing the progression of Gypsy’s feeling of betrayal towards her mother and getting a simulated look into what happened behind closed doors makes this story much more unique. This tragic story of a mother and daughter puts into question one thing, would everyone be willing to kill their mother for their freedom?