Wednesday, May 26, 2021

What I’m Watching: In Treatment (Series Return)

In Treatment: Season 4, Episode 1 “Eladio – Week 1” (B)

I’m not sure I even knew that this show was coming back, and only realized that it was premiering again so soon when I started my Emmy coverage for The Film Experience and indicated it as a possible contender given its history of acting nominations. Looking back at my reviews of the show, it looks like I really wasn’t into season one at the time when I began it, though I remember checking in later and being much more impressed, I didn’t review season two at all since it aired during my semester abroad, and I appreciated season three as I reviewed four episodes at a time. It’s crazy to think about some of the tremendous young talent working today who started on this show, like Mia Wasikowska, Alison Pill, and Dane DeHaan, as well as the presence of some now-deceased actors like John Mahoney and Irrfan Khan. Whatever its history, this show is back now with two episodes at a time, twice a week, following four patients. It’s interesting that Brooke is linked to Paul since this show didn’t have to be about Gabriel Byrne’s character, and I’m not sure whether he’s planning to return at some point. I do like Uzo Aduba, an Emmy winner for “Orange is the New Black” and “Mrs. America,” though I don’t think I would have thought to cast her for this role. Anthony Ramos, who plays Eladio, is probably best known for “Hamilton” and the upcoming “In the Heights,” but I also remember seeing him as a not-terrible part of the Liam Neeson movie “Honest Thief.” I would like to get to know him better, and this episode served as more of an introduction to both characters. I was intrigued that we only saw Brooke’s surroundings while she watched Eladio on screen, but things flipped towards the end, which was an effective way to remind viewers that there is a real world on both sides. Let’s see what episode two and the other patients are like – I’m on board to explore with this show.

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