Sunday, April 11, 2021

What I’m Watching: Made for Love

Made for Love: Season 1, Episode 4 “I Want a New Life” (B+)

I am, generally speaking, a big fan of lengthy flashbacks that help fill in a lot of the important gaps in what we know about characters on a show. That worked very well here in establishing how Hazel and Byron first met, though obviously there’s a lot more to cover about how they got to a point of comfort that then began to disintegrate when Hazel realized that a life with this enigmatic billionaire inventor wasn’t actually what she wanted. Hazel is definitely scrappy and creative, and she’s more effective at that when she doesn’t feel totally paranoid that someone is watching her every move. The fact that she met Byron pulling a scam to get money and then that she got cash to pay her father his carefully-calculated rent by doing something very similar indicates that she hasn’t changed all that much, she’s just falling back into old habits now that she’s trying life on the outside. It took me a while to figure out where I knew her old friend from, and I realized that she’s played by Patti Harrison, a fantastic presence in the upcoming film “Together Together” that just released a trailer a few days ago and is slated for release in just a few weeks. She’s a great addition to this show’s cast and vibe, and I love how much Herbert detests her. Byron’s plan to win Hazel back by recreating the experiences she just wants to have in the outside world is going to fail miserably, and his hapless lackey, who reminds me so much of the AI guy from “Upload,” isn’t trying so hard to make it all happen. I am intrigued by Fiffany and her apparent allegiance to her missing colleague Herringbone, and I’m curious if those two have some secret plan to undermine Byron brewing because they’re aware of just how much he’s willing to risk to achieve his far-reaching goals.

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