'The Affair - Season One'
(Alison Lockhart, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson, Dominic West, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / CBS-Paramount)
Overview: 'The Affair' explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk on Long Island.
DVD Verdict: Noah (Dominic West) is a New York City schoolteacher who has had one novel published, and is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison (Ruth Wilson) is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of the death of her child. The story of the affair is told separately, complete with distinct memory biases, from the male and female perspectives.
In truth, I think the premise is promising and once you have watched the pilot, I think you'll agree that it's pretty solid enough to enable you to continue on with the entire first season. As kinda noted above, it's split into two parts, from the perspectives of each of the future adulterers, who have markedly different recollections of the same events. Ha, but isn't the way it always pans out when it comes to these types of "relationships"?
Anyway, other people I have spoken to about this TV show seem to emphasize the "unreliability of memory" angle, but I think there's more going on, as the lead characters are recounting the events to what is presumably an officer in a police interrogation room. No need for a spoiler alert here, as I'm only going to give a slight clue to how the pilot opens up, so you get a gist for what's to come thereafter. So, the pictures they paint of themselves, and of each other, are clearly fabricated to some degree. The question is, by how much.
Both of these characters, Noah and Alison have baggage and burned pasts with skeletons in their closets as Alison has pain and a tragedy still she is one hot sexy lady that looks good wearing colored bras! Overall, 'The Affair' is a fun treat (yes, FUN!) that let's the viewer escape; showing what it's like to have an affair, just from the safe side of the fence. Perhaps it's something you yourself have thought about doing, but once you've seen this, at least you'll have the "real world" knowledge of what can, and most likely will happen should slips occur along the way for you! This is a Widescreen Presentation (16:9 Aspect Ratio) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Tale of Two Costumes
'Happyish', Episodes 1 & 2
'Ray Donovan', Season 1, Episode 1
'Madam Secretary', Season 1, Episode 1
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