Type: Television Show
Release Date: October 2014
Episodes: About 45 mins to 1 hour (2 Seasons)
Overview: Noah Solloway is a writer and a teacher. He has a beautiful wife, four lively children and a seemingly perfect life in New York City. Alison Bailey is also married, but is struggling to accept the death of her young son. She's a waitress at a popular restaurant in a tourist town a few hours outside of the city. On the surface, she has a handsome husband and is a part of a historical community, she should be happy for what she has, right?
What I loved: I had been looking forward to watching this show for sometime. However, it wasn't on Netflix so I kept stalling to watch. Then, I got tired of holding off, bit the bullet and ordered Showtime for a small monthly fee. I'm incredibly happy I did.
The Affair blew my mind and exceeded all expectations I had. It's sexy, intense, tragic, haunting, and so much more.
The acting is what truly makes this show great. Noah is played by Dominic West (The Wire, 300, Chicago) while Alison is played by Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre). The co-stars and spouses are Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek, Fringe, Cruel Intentions) and Maura Tierney (Liar Liar, The Good Wife, ER).
The chemistry and drama between everyone builds with each episode. Some scenes are so intense, you will cry or feel nauseous. At times, it all seems so real.
You may want to judge each character for their flaws and selfishness, but as the show goes on, you will see they are just human and everyone makes mistakes.
What also makes this show spectacular is it's not just about an affair, there's another mysterious twist which thickens the plot ever so cleverly.
I highly recommend this show, it's incredible and I can't wait to start Season 2!
What I didn't: First, I thought the name choices for the main characters were a little silly. Noah and Alison... "If you're a bird, I'm a bird," right? There had to have been better names out there, but I digress.
What mainly irked me about this show is each episode is divided into two parts. There's Alison's POV and Noah's POV. Often, there are scenes which overlap, however, each character may have a different rendition of what happened. So, as a viewer, we never truly know what happens during certain scenes. Was Noah's perspective accurate, was Alison's memory correct, or does the truth lie something in between.
I need to know the truth damnit, but some things will remain a mystery it seems.
So, I just finished Season 2 and all I can say is WOW. Really, wow. I had rated Season 1 an 8/10, however the sophomore season is a 12/10. It was beyond perfect and completely earth shattering. The second season amped up its game ten-fold. The storyline becomes even more intense and the acting often left me speechless.
Some episodes were even painful to watch and you could physically feel the pain of those on your screen. I watched the entire season in about 3 sittings. One day, I watched eight episodes in a row, I honestly couldn't stop.
I can NOT wait until the next season!!!