Monday, April 5, 2021

Take Three: Made for Love

Made for Love: Season 1, Episode 3 “Love Is Strange” (B+)

The way in which this episode was structured was very helpful in terms of filling in the backstory and getting us to the place where we are now. I was happy to see Nyasha Hatendi from “Casual” as Keegan James, the journalist eagerly sharing the opportunity to go inside the mystifying private residence where Byron and Hazel have lived since they first met. There were so many warning signs that Hazel wasn’t happy and that she wasn’t on board with Byron’s approach to both life and their relationship, but it’s likely that they were edited out of the aired interview. What the public knows and what they don’t may not be that important, since Byron knows that he can do anything he wants and exert unchecked control over anyone who gets in his way. I liked that it was the dolphin who saw and understood Hazel’s pain and showed her the way out, and I’m curious to know more about that compassion and understanding. Herbert may not be good for much, but him showing up to pitch a bunch of drawn-out ideas was just the right thing to distract Byron from being able to go after Hazel. Keeping a close eye on her turned out not to be a benefit, as she knew just what to do to show him how much she didn’t want to be with him. Talking her new friend through a weird but fulfilling experience wasn’t about him or her but about underlining her contempt for Byron, a message he definitely got but isn’t willing to accept.

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