Postmodernism

3 Things That Kept Me Going After Watching “The Kardashians” Episode 9

One of the most interesting things about the Kardashian-Jenner clan is their penchant for the postmodern and the penultimate episode of The Kardashians gives us meta moment after meta moment to prove it.

At first, Kourtney complains to her pal Stephanie Shepard about the way her recent storylines have been edited out, expressing her disappointment with the scenes we’ve already seen over the course of the season. Meanwhile, Kim flies to the Dominican Republic to shoot him. Sports Illustrated cover up while battling a cold, and Khloé narrows down thousands of hopefuls into five finalists to model for her denim brand, Good American. To finish, The Kardashians uses fourth-wall breaking methods to build anticipation for the upcoming season finale, which will center around Tristan Thompson’s big betrayal of Khloé.

Here, find the three things that kept me awake after episode 9 of The Kardashians.

Kourtney’s displeasure with her portrayal on the show

Kourtney invites Steph over to her house under the guise of having lunch, but in reality, she’s looking to vent her frustration with the show’s editing process. “We’re filming and having the best time,” she says, of herself and her fiancé Travis Barker. “And then we watched the edits and we’re so annoyed because they drag us down with this drama.” The “drama,” of course, is ex-partner Scott Disick’s struggle to adjust to the new normal of his current romance. As viewers, we know Scott’s nostalgia for Kourtney has been one of the central narratives of not just this season, but much of it. keep the rhythmand it’s kind of shocking to see Kourt pushing back against the way her life has always been portrayed.

I can’t stop thinking about The Truman Show, Peter Weir’s famous 1998 film about a man unknowingly living on a reality show. The main character, Truman, eventually discovers the truth about his reality and challenges Christof, the darkly genius director responsible for shaping the narratives of his life. Yet even Truman’s revolt becomes part of the eponymous show in which he starred. The same goes for Kourtney: in this scene with Steph, we see her wishing for more narrative control as The Kardashians the cameras keep rolling.

Kourtney Kardashian in episode nine of The Kardashians. Courtesy of Hulu