The Baby Episode 1 Brings Demonic Lactation Nightmares: Review/Recap

HBO's The Baby, a limited original series, premiered its first out of six total episodes setting up a story of the impact of forced motherhood & a potentially demonic baby on one woman, Natasha. Warning, before you continue to read you should know there will be spoilers ahead with this recap/review of the episode. Join me as I dive into this interesting take on a new kind of motherhood.

The Baby
Photograph by Rekha Garton/HBO

The Baby starts us off with police attempting and failing to talk a woman down from edging closer to falling off a high cliff. Unzipped from the bag she was holding is a small baby in pajamas and honestly adorable slippers, but besides the adorable aspects of the infant it still somehow manages to freak the fuck out of the mom so much so that she back up and off of the cliff's edge. The baby crawls at a very unfun speed for the police and just yeets itself off the cliff as well but without one slipper thanks to the one cop.

We meet Natasha, the main character (besides cliff baby) who enjoys evenings playing poker at her place with her friends until the pregnancy and baby talk commences. It's interesting seeing this mix of emotion for her character, caught between agreeing with her irritation towards the obsession with the milestone of motherhood but you can also see how wrong she goes about displaying her displeasure with it. Bombarded by a new pregnancy in her friend group alongside the doom-scrolling on Instagram witnessing the baby shower pics and even one of a test fresh from being pissed on, Natasha goes on vacation.

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Photograph by Rekha Garton/HBO

After a creepy interaction with the cabin rental lady, Natasha attempts to unwind after we learn she is a chef when she takes a pit stop to take time off of work. The Baby goes right into it as Natasha witnesses the woman from the beginning fall beside the cabin and shortly after she catches the baby. We get many moments of her attempting to give the baby to someone else, from the cops to a gas station owner, yet each one ends up dead.

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Photograph by Rekha Garton/HBO

We don't see the baby do anything to them on screen but I assume along with Natasha herself that something is very wrong here. After time at the police station, including a very scary dream involving lactation and bitten nipples, Natasha goes home. The episode ends with her cleaning her place and assuming she has no obligation to this child, unfortunately, it arrived at her doorstep like a fast order from a local restaurant.

First off, The Baby has a fantastic selection of music and sound composition in it right from the very first scene. The first audio brought a moment of heavy breathing for me as I watched in concern and panic for the woman approaching the cliff. I'm very happy with the way they didn't approach Natasha as a woman with wavering career prospects or little to no direction. She's happy with her life, the career she finds herself in with cooking, and her friends although that can be rough at times. I would have loved a little more development of her communion with her friends and her space that shows us who she is within. But I also can see how her actions and more in this episode reveal a lot about her along the way. Overall, the first episode of The Baby established a unique and necessary story that speaks about community, motherhood, and expectations we have for ourselves and others when it comes to milestones in life.

The Baby Episode 1

HBO's The Baby E01 Recap & Review: Demonic Lactation Nightmares
Review by Brittney Bender

9/10
HBO's The Baby, episode one, highlights the hilarious and impactful storytelling within the identity of women who have chosen for themselves not to step into a parental role. Mixing gruesome deaths with the concept of innocence within infancy, this episode has started off the limited series in a great direction.
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In love with media, from TV to film, you'll find me writing recaps, reviews, TV news, "Top 5" content, opinion pieces are everything and anything, and more! Bisexual creative mess with a love for dark humor, promoting important projects, and sharing interesting finds.
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