Daily Archives: October 8, 2014
The Affair (2014– )
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Maura Tierney, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson
IMDB Rating: N/A
Plot: The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island.
Review: Sex plays a starring role is this new drama airing on Showtime. The Affair is a psychological dissection of an adulterous liaison between two married people, played out against the background of an unsolved crime.
The series opens with Noah and wife Helen (Maura Tierney), packing their kids up for an extended holiday at her parents mansion in Long Island. He has a good life as a New York City school teacher and budding novelist, and a seemingly good marriage.
During their getaway, Noah meets Alison at the diner where she works and later runs into her on the beach, where they take their first steps in the dance of seduction. Her life is marked by a tragedy, and her marriage to Cole (Joshua Jackson) is strained by her pain.
The drama’s tension lies in the disparity between his and her perspectives, and how they remember their first encounter or how they interpret their sexual encounters.
From Noah’s perspective, Allison is flirtatious, seductive, a man-eater, while he is naive and faithful to Helen. From Allison’s perspective, Noah is a womanizer, self-righteous, and demanding, while she is the innocent one, struggling with her own grief with he death of her child some years before.
The focus point of the show is infidelity and the consequences that can follow. In this case, a crime has been committed and we see Noah and Allison being interviewed (separately) by Detective Jeffries, and recounting – from their own words – how they first met and how they saw the other person.
The show is an interesting concept on how one views the world through their own eyes, and how the characters see themselves. Noah obviously sees himself as the faithful husband who only has eyes (and sex drive) for his wife; While Allison sees herself as the emotionally damaged faithful wife who is manipulated by Noah. The series will be interesting to see whose perspective is right on the money.
Regardless of whose POV is true, the one thing that does remain is that Noah and Allison do end up having an affair and not without consequences.
This show could be the new must-watch of the season.
Verdict: An Affair To Remember!
Rating: 7 out of 10.
Strange Empire (2014– )
Stars: Michelle Creber, Cara Gee, Matreya Scarrwener
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Tagline: We’re To Be Whores Ma’am
Plot: A serialized Western drama set near the Alberta-Montana border in the 1860s, in which three women band together for survival after the men in their town are murdered.
Review: Set in 1869 along the Montana/Alberta border, Strange Empire starts with two dead babies and a graveside wedding, and ends with a cozy pseudo-family scene threatened by lawlessness.
There’s plenty to sink into with the new series. Dark doesn’t quite seem to cover what happens to kick off the series—the mass slaughter of 20 men, and in rides John Slotter (Aaron Poole), the questionable hero who has ulterior motives, to get the stranded women to work in his whorehouse (either willingly or by force).
Cara Gee plays Kat with a fierce intensity and tenderness, and she is the emotional heart of the first episode. Aaron Poole (as John Slotter) is heartlessness and brutal who seems to be doing all he can to get his whorehouse business turning a profit, with a selection of hookers of all ages.
While the pilot episode was filled with rich scenery, I did find that there were some similarities to other TV shows I have seen. Kat did come across like the character, Clara Paget (Black Sails); And Aaron Poole did have some similarity to Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). With that said, there were times when we see Kat draw her gun and ready to blow a hole in some schmucks head.
The four leads in the mostly female cast, are outstanding. While I did find the pilot had its slow points, it was enough for me to want to watch further episodes and see where the series leads.
Verdict: Annie Get Yer Gun
Rating: 6.5 out of 10.