Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: Soulmates

Soulmates: Season 1, Episode 4 “Layover” (B-)

This was a fun episode to watch, though some of the plotting was the least sophisticated we’ve seen yet, particularly when it came to the hostage-takers and all the guns. I was excited to recognize both of the leads from completely different projects. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, who played Jonah, had a much more comedic role in “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” while Bill Skarsgard, brother of Alexander and son of Stellan, was in two film festival movies I saw recently, “Nine Days” and “Villains,” and played Mateo. The initial setup definitely offered some intriguing action, namely Mateo showing up at the bar demanding his wallet back only to be told by a completely unrepentant Jonah that it wasn’t going to happen. I do like that each of these episodes shows that the soul test doesn’t actually show anything since the more natural and romantic pairings seem to happen while people are on their way to meet to trying to find that perfect someone. The absurd series of events that happened here felt like a much more comedic version of “Garden State,” with Jonah constantly coming up with last-resort suggestions of how they could get his money back before leading him to the literal place where his passport was conveniently being stored and hadn’t yet been touched at all. These characters were fun even if the surrounding story felt more like an over-the-top vacation farce that wasn’t trying to be like that than the dramatic showcases we’ve seen so far in the previous three episodes of this show.

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