The Affair

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  1. markymark_ctown

    markymark_ctown Well-Known Member

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    Still watching and liking it.

    Yes, a lot of things to close up. Only one more episode?

    Still would like more info on the brother death. We've seen the funeral but not much (if anything) else...what gives? :)
     
  2. astrohip

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    I'm guessing this last episode will dive into his death in greater detail.
     
  3. DLiquid

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    I like this show a lot, though it's kind of clumsy sometimes. They started off with showing the same events from two perspectives, which I thought was interesting, but kind of spun away from that technique in later episodes, and the show lost a bit of its charm.

    When I started watching the most recent episode, I almost thought I had missed an episode. Suddenly they are jumping back in bed together? What? Weren't Alison and Cole reconciled and trying to have a baby in the previous episode? Maybe I wasn't paying close attention.

    I feel the worst for Cole. He seems like a good guy who has done nothing wrong that we've seen. Meanwhile, in the Alison perspective scenes, Noah is kind of a jerk.
     
  4. bareyb

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    I thought the show was going in a different direction when it started and I kind of lost interest after the 3rd episode or so. I still have several of them in the folder. Not sure if I'll get back in or not. Kind of came in here to see if it was getting much buzz from Y'all. It sounds like it's just "okay". Definitely thought this would be a "one and done" season too.
     
  5. jr461

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    This, and I did quit watching without seeing this week's show (its recorded as my wife is staying with it).

    After every episode I'd try to figure out what happened or what moved forward and it is always nothing! It's like watching paint dry.

    At this point I don't even care how the guy died, who's responsible or what happens to any of them. It's just way too slow and drawn out.
     
  6. warrenn

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    I've made it this far, so I might as well finish it out. One problem is that they never properly set the stage for them to get together. If this is supposed to be their first affair, they got together *way* too easily. I would expect this sort of quick hookup to be done by people who fool around all the time. A quick glance in the diner and then he's all hot for her? Huh? Why her and not the 1000's of other women he's seen in the past? There was nothing special between the two of them that would lead me to believe two faithful people would break their vows.

    But, it's still an interesting enough show that I'll stick around to see what happens. But I agree with others that if they try to drag this out until another season, I don't think I'll continue with it.
     
  7. DLiquid

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    Love at first sight? :D

    From Alison's perspective, she saved Noah's child's life in the restaurant. She was not able to save her own child's life, and felt responsible for his death. In her marriage she felt this burden all the time, whereas in the affair she felt released from it. She wanted out of that town and that life, and whether it was conscious or subconscious, the affair was a path out of that life.

    From Noah's perspective, he hated the summers with the in-laws, where his father-in-law would belittle him at every opportunity. He met Alison just as one of those terrible summers was starting, and there was chemistry between them. He felt like he was never good enough for his wife, that he had never lived up to the potential she saw in him. Meanwhile Alison admired him.
     
  8. bareyb

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    More like lust at first sight. They made a point of zooming in on Alison's "backside" in the opener. Methinks that girl spends some time on a Stair Master somewhere. ;)
     
  9. markymark_ctown

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    Or not. :)

    That was a frustrating ending with nothing really cleared up regarding the crime. :thumbsdown:
     
  10. brebeans

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    I agree. I don't really "buy" the fact that they're 'in love'. They don't seem to 'go together' for me, anyway. So, it's hard to get wrapped up in the whole affair thing when I don't really understand what they see in each other.I just don't really like either of them and don't see what they see in each other. If I was really 'rooting' for them, perhaps my feelings about the other activities/issues, etc. in the show would be different, too. Oh well, I'll wait to see what happens, but, from the post above, it doesn't look like much was resolved.

    That being said.....I'm still watching it, mostly to see where it's going. Usually, when I end up sticking with a movie or tv series based on that, I'm disappointed. The murder, however, at least makes it a bit more interesting.
     
  11. NatasNJ

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    Spoilers:

    They moved it forward a little. You know Noah bribed the tow truck guy. Why? He is clearly guilty of something. And he got arrested. For what? The bribe or something else? The murder? We also saw a fast forward into the future with him and Alison living together and his 2nd book doing well or being made into a movie? So he is doing well.

    I was hoping for more but still into this enough to give it another season. But the better not drag it out more than 10-12 more episodes.
     
  12. cwoody222

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    Boo.

    Worst finale since The Killing, season 1.
     
  13. astrohip

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    Well, that was not what I wanted. So I'm out.

    This was only a so-so series. It started decent, then really started to drag around the middle third. The final 2-3 episodes before the finale picked up the pace, and I started enjoying it more. A really good finale would (1) validate the ten hours I invested in this, and (2) bring me back next season. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good finale. Neither 1 nor 2 were achieved.

    I wouldn't call this a Killing level fail, but it certainly falls in that category. The Killing created the red herring of the week, toying with us, and then slapping us in the face at the end of S1. I left and never looked back. I also was insulted by Veena Sud's attitude toward us viewers.

    The Affair never played with us like that. It simply didn't reach a conclusion I find acceptable. In my mind, I expected some conclusion to the story; whether that was promised doesn't matter, I expected it. By failing to deliver, I was left wanting, and not in a good way.

    I just watched this last night, so I've read no TV media. Have no idea the general reaction, or if the showrunner has thrown us some tidbits. But if my years of serious TV watching have taught me anything, it's walk away when a show does this. Coming back for another season, trying to find resolution, rarely works (looking at YOU Under The Dome and a million other shows).


    Bottom line: With all the great TV being made these days, I don't have time to waste to see where this goes.

    Season grade: B
    Finale grade: B-
     
  14. astrohip

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    I'll add one more thought after reading my own critique. I mostly enjoyed the finale, as it kept moving the story forward in interesting ways. The tension between the two families, the police work, his new book... this was much like the last 2-3 eps, interesting to see where it was going.

    My main complaint is how they left us. It wasn't the finish I wanted. Many times the writers leave you in a way you didn't expect, and you go "Wow, didn't see THAT coming". This was more, "uggh, really? That's how they leave it?".

    Ok, 'nuff said.
     
  15. johnh123

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    I thought it was pretty good up until the last episode. I really was expecting them to wrap this up. Disappointing.
     
  16. DLiquid

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    I didn't have any problems with the season finale, though it didn't end with much of a bang. I certainly haven't been watching this show dying to know who committed the crime. Who cares? I'm not sure why I feel that way, but the crime just doesn't really interest me.

    I think this would have been better as a single season show, though. It seems like we saw the most interesting part of "the affair," so next season could feel like they're dragging things out.
     
  17. DLiquid

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    I don't really like either of them either, especially Noah. I think Cole is the only likable main character.

    I wouldn't be surprised that next season, in order to keep things fresh, we get more perspectives than just "Noah" and "Alison."
     
  18. Howie

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    I thought it was going to be a one season show, too. Now it's just another show I'll have forgotten what happened by the time it returns.
     
  19. Malcontent

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    FYI,

    It looks like the first episode of season 2 can be streamed/demand from Showtime now. It's also available via magical means.

    The first episode is going to officially air Oct. 4.
     
  20. spartanstew

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    I just started watching this show a couple of weeks ago and am now caught up. I can see people's frustrations and agree with most of the points, but since I was able to watch season 1 and go straight into season 2 it wasn't so bad for me.

    Definitely slow sometimes, but I'm in it now and need to see how it's resolved.

    I do think that Cole and Helen are the more interesting characters and wish it showed more of them.

    I also think it was a bit miscast. There's something about Noah (looks wise) that just bothers me. I don't see him as any type of ladies man, but that's how he's portrayed.

    The lady in the pool that wanted him. The teacher he gets with. Even when he's at lunch with Max at one point (when Max first meets Alison) and Max says something to the effect of "I know I'm not as good looking as my friend Noah" What?

    Every person in the show is more attractive than Noah and I don't think Alison is particularly attractive either. They both just have weird faces. Not necessarily unattractive, but not necessarily attractive either.

    Anyway, enough rambling.

    Is anyone still watching?
     

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