Friday, June 12, 2020

What I’m Watching: Love Life (Season Finale)

Love Life: Season 1, Episode 10 “The Person” (B+)

In some ways, I didn’t expect this season to end like this, and in other ways, my expectations were fulfilled exactly. I truly thought we’d see Jim again, especially since storyline wasn’t resolved, and I guess enough time passed between when we last saw Sara for her to get clean, meet someone, and then have a wedding where she had her two best friends there because she had written them lengthy apology letters to make up for her behavior. Since this show was never really about any of Darby’s three roommates, it was fitting that she got most of the focus of the episode, which found her completely exhausted from raising a baby and desperate for a good night’s sleep in a corner king in a fancy New York City hotel. I enjoyed her coparenting with Augie, with showed that he wasn’t perfect but that he’s committed to it, and a solid fit for this kind of partnering friendship rather than a romantic relationship. I was thrilled to see who the man was that ended up being Darby’s “person,” and chuckled at the casting of Kingsley Ben-Adir, who drove Zoe Kravitz crazy on “High Fidelity,” another show from this season that I’m finishing up. The way they met was cute, and it was very sweet that he left her a note when she fell asleep and then swooped in to pay for her sandwich when she forgot her wallet at home. While it might have been fun to see more of them together, I like the idea that Darby’s love story includes many people aside from the man who she’d eventually settle down with for good. I’m happy that this show has been renewed for a second season, and I hope that we’ll get a chance to see a few of the same characters in the next anthology story as has been suggested.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Zoe Chao as Sara

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