“The Affair” will premiere this coming Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 on Showtime. The drama series stars Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. It is already receiving raves from critics. While the story is typically about people being involved in an illicit relationship, the treatment sets it apart. We list a few of the best things about the series below.
The use of a different plot device.
The show makes use of a plot device that’s similar to “Rashomon” from the famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, which was an award-winning period film released in the 1950s. In the story, there are two different storylines coming from two different perspectives, allowing for the show to present alternatives branching off the main plot. Having two alternatives also gives the characterization a clearer exposition. Additionally, viewers will have to watch out for the clues and twists for comparison.
So many alternatives, which one should you believe?
So, because of the many possibilities in perspectives, “The Affair” then presents an element of unpredictability to the story, as it does not follow a linear storytelling. What’s more, viewers get to decide whether or not one perspective is better or truer than the other, making the viewing experience more personal.
There’s Dominic West and Joshua Jackson.
West has a cult following among fans of “The Wire,” an HBO show that’s always on most critics’ top television shows of all time. In his portrayal of the philandering husband, West may concede that he has done similar roles in the past. But reading the script to “The Affair” intrigued him, because his character has so many layers to him. He’s not completely a bad husband, but what made him do something bad, then?
Jackson, meanwhile, has legions of fans from his early years on “Dawson’s Creek,” a teen show. He’s all grown up and mature and was last seen on “Fringe.” The same fans that loved him on the teen show follow him wherever the next show takes the actor.
It is from the writing team of Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi.
The two have worked together on HBO’s “In Treatment,” which also had an interesting structure in the way the story was told. Some of the most interesting episodes of “In Treatment” were those that Treem and Levi wrote. It’s a testament to how well they can tell a story together.
“The Affair” is more than just about the illicit relationship.
The actual affair is only the underlying story in the series, based on what was already said in various panel interviewers by the show’s cast and production. The show does touch on love and fidelity, but it also expounds on other subjects, life’s issues and concerns, that viewers will be able to relate to.
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Catch “The Affair” on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 on Showtime. The cable network has actually released an R-rated version of the pilot online, so you can go and watch it ahead, or wait for the uncensored version on its official premiere date.
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