Love (2016) TV show review

(Warning: Minor ending spoiler)

Upon seeing an ad atop my Netflix account one night of their upcoming show Love, starring the lady who played Britta in Community, I was intrigued to see what it was about as the trailer didn’t give much away. After waiting a week for it’s arrival, I got myself cosy and gave it a try, expecting to only get through about three episodes that night.

I ended up watching the entire thing in one sitting.

From the start I was intrigued as to where the characters would land themselves, despite the pacing in the first episode being a little off and finding myself checking how much I’d gotten through every so often – something I found myself to do throughout the whole season.

So, it’s a rom-com, right? I guess. While I enjoyed the story and development of the characters over the period of time they’re together (which is never made clear at all, as the development of romance between the protagonists seems to take place over the course of two, maybe three weeks, but other components such as their jobs indicate that it may have been longer?) and found myself laughing at some scenes, I mostly didn’t find much comedic value in it. Perhaps I’m not the target audience of its comedy due to age or some similar factor, but I only found myself invested in the plot over anything else.

While the characters were interesting enough to keep you invested in what may happen to them, they’re easily dislikeable characters. Mickey, our female lead (played by Gillian Jacobs), is a self loathing person with a lot of personal issues, leading her to act in ways that completely disregard the outcome as well as the feelings of those around her; prime example would be her house mate, Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty), who is continuously messed around by Mickey’s reckless lifestyle, to which Mickey never gives a second thought to. While I can completely understand why Mickey acts the way she does, it’s not at all excusable. The show somewhat shows this through some of the things Bertie says to other characters when her house mate isn’t around, but I feel this is mostly done to add to the whole ‘Mickey has issues, so she can’t function like a regular person and because of this we can make her a bad person and blame everything on her’ kinda thing they seem to conclude with. I really don’t appreciate that this is the angle the writers went with, as there is little she did wrong in her relationship with Gus (Paul Rust), our male lead, and they wrap the whole thing up with a ‘she has problems so let’s pin it all on her’ ending, even though it was mainly Gus’s actions that caused fault in them being together.

Overall, I’d say it was a good show that kept me entertained for a night, but there were quite a few things that bothered me about it that I hope they address in the (presumable) second season.

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