‘The Dropout’ Creator Breaks Down the Humanity (and Inhumanity) of Elizabeth Holmes


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When I hit “play” on The Dropout, the new Hulu drama documenting the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, I thought I was prepared for the atrocities ahead. There would obviously be rampant fraud, as the CEO’s team provided inaccurate blood test results to real-life people, including cancer patients. I’d also braced for the uncomfortable romance between Holmes and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani—who was already an adult in his thirties when he met the rising college freshman while she was studying in Beijing. And of course, I was ready (extremely eager, in fact) to hear Amanda Seyfried’s take on “The Voice.”

I had not, however, accounted for the amount of atrocious dancing we’d see in this series.

It starts with a covert scene in Holmes’ childhood bedroom, where the future Stanford dropout and tech “visionary” runs in place, leaps around, and jabs the air with her fists while listening to Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)” and staring at a poster of Steve Jobs. Scenes like these punctuate the series, as Holmes awkwardly gyrates to songs like Missy Elliott’s “We Run This” and Lil Wayne’s “How to Love”—like a Girlboss Icarus boogieing her way straight toward a burning, blood-red sun.

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