Thursday, November 7, 2019

Take Three: Living with Yourself

Living with Yourself: Season 1, Episode 3 “Green Tea” (B-)

I found this episode to be tiresome, and my desire to be a devoted fan isn’t exactly being fulfilled. Miles was doing a decent job of creating a helpful balance between his two selves, somehow managing to allay questions from his wife about his major money withdrawal and finding time to pursue his passions while his other self was a true superstar at work. Watching him set up in the morning when his clone left right after Kate did felt almost rhythmic, though it’s understand that eventually he was going to find it unsustainable. I’m not sure what to make of Jerry Adler from “Rescue Me” and “The Good Wife” as Mr. Hillston, who was obsessed with the fanciest possible pork, served with a side of terrifying stories from his time in a concentration camp sending an innocent boy off to be killed. Why that was included makes little sense to me, and I think the character could have been drawn differently and still prompted a similar response from Miles. I was ready to give up on this show completely, but then the final scene had to go and really change everything, making me wonder if it’s about to finally get undeniably interesting. Dan spotted the other Miles approaching and seemed to realize that something was going on, though he doesn’t necessarily know that his amazing treatment was actually a cloning operation since his former self didn’t survive. The combination of finishing the punchline and the music worked well to convince me that at least one more episode might be worth it.

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