Tuesday, November 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: A Teacher

A Teacher: Season 1, Episode 4 (B+)

This is playing out a bit like a horror movie, with regrettable decisions progressing this illicit relationship that continues to break the rules with flagrant disregard for anything other than getting caught from Claire. Channeling her feelings for Eric into manufactured passion for her clueless husband will likely only serve to alert him to the fact that something else is going on in her life, since nothing he’s doing should make her that excited. She has to realize that, even if people don’t suspect her of having an affair with a student, it would be immediately clear who it was if anyone got wind of that allegation since she makes no effort whatsoever to conceal the closeness of her relationship with him. If I’m correct, his mother is the only one who knows that she was tutoring him, and I have a feeling that she’s going to prohibit her son from going out anytime soon, which will surely upset Claire, who seems to get a joy from being able to tell him what to do. Every time that happens and he compromises his principles or plans, it makes this all the more troubling since she really does have the power in a way that he can’t. It’s also possible that she’ll choose to confide in her seemingly free-spirited friend and fellow teacher Kathryn, a strategy which I believe is what will ultimately lead to the affair being exposed. With six episodes left to go, I’m not sure how soon that will happen, but when it does, it’s going to be a brutal and devastating development.

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