Thursday, July 19, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Affair


The Affair: Season 4, Episode 3 (B+)

This was nothing if not a very watchable hour of television, with some intriguing developments that are mostly lamentable and predictable but dramatic nonetheless. Noah making a case for his troubled star student got complicated when he found out that he was the principal’s son and that Janelle had failed him when she really didn’t need to. Inciting a walkout based on the lack of diversity of writers he was teaching in his own class was a very self-centered action, and he quickly saw that it had disastrous implications, with police showing up within minutes hardly eager to put up with what they deemed a threat. Getting interviewed on television and quoted as the principal was an enormous blow to Janelle’s already almost nonexistent ego, and of course they were going to make out and start a relationship that will only further drive a wedge between her and her teachers when they found out that he’s only taking her side, from their perspective, because they’re sleeping together. Helen’s time didn’t go all that much better, with Vic completely in denial about his very serious cancer diagnosis. She wasn’t pleased at all with Trevor’s comment that he got his science acumen from Vic, but obviously that’s what Vic is holding onto most, the notion of extending his legacy in some way. It’s hard to imagine Helen wanting to have a baby right now, but I think she needs to hold on to whatever is left in her marriage to stay anchored.