What Co-Creator Sarah Treem has said about her extremely well written show is this, “We wanted to tell a story about two good people.”
If you haven’t seen this hour long episodic on the Showtime network you are in for a compulsive ride-it is compelling to say the least-the story of Noah and Alison and their chance meeting in Montauk and their respective spouses and the consequence of an affair. I write it about it today on the heels of Maura Tierney winning the 2016 Golden Globe for Supporting Actress in a TV Series. In Season 2 it was both hers and Joshua Jackson’s time to shine as they go on their respective journeys. There are some scene stealers here!
The plot although resolves around more than the lovers and their spouses but points to a murder. What’s so catchy here is that the show takes perspective on and off throughout the episodes when the characters are wrangled in the midst of the case to solve the murder.
Mrs. Treem, the co-creator goes on to say that the husband and wife characters are two good people, committed to their marriage; that it’s not the story about two philanderers; people who are looking to commit adultery .
“The idea was that your in a marriage, you love your wife, she’s a good woman, you’re a good man. You have kids and then you meet somebody by chance who you think is your soul mate. What do you do?”
“At some point in your marriage, you meet somebody else and you’re just like “I think I can be happier with this person.” And then you’ve got a choice to make.
The Affair showcases all four partners and their points of view. One episode could be entirely focused on Alison and Noah’s version of the story and next week Cole and Helen’s version of the story which I think is telling because it is objective and this show explores all sides of an affair.
My husband loves and hates this show. He loves it because it’s a well done show (and his favorite state in the union is New York!) but he absolutely hates the premise that an affair got this true crisis started. If the topic and premise of this show was avoided there wouldn’t be Showtime’s The Affair and………people would still continue to have affairs. The show should get couples talking and it certainly did for my husband and I.
The Affair sheds serious light on making the decision, whether conscious or unconscious to have an extramarital affair and how that decision affects the children, the spouses, the entire universe in which everyone is involved. This show highlights a crisis and your watching everyone’s lives unravel at the seams and more. My husband and I talk about the hurt it caused all of the characters and how just watching it is painful. You feel for the characters-all the pain and loss that’s involved.
Back to Season 2, you find Alison and Noah, now a couple with a baby asking themselves the real questions in life after the dust has settled-who are they and who do they love, what do they love? Who can they trust and what is going on? Who is hiding what? Suspicion abounds.
The acting is also superb (Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Best Actress Golden Globes for Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney) but more than anything, this show sheds light on the very ideals of marriage, infidelity, trust, and more. What honestly and sincerely begs the question of the viewer is, “Is MARRIAGE FOR YOU, FOR A LIFETIME?” I can relate in season one where you see Helen and Noah and their four children struggle to just get into the van to go on a vacation. I’m lucky, I got it right the second time around and those kinds of struggles make us stronger. You have to be checked into your spouse, yourself, and what makes you tick and what makes you happy and COMMUNICATE.
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