In this show we follow housewife Sheila Rubin in 1980s San Diego as she struggles on a path of self-discovery while trying to be mom, housewife, and more, battling some of her demons.
I liked it. Got quite into it. The show's portrayal of Sheila's struggles seemed a little strange at first, but then turned into a powerful display of what it feels like to struggle like Sheila does. (I'm trying hard to avoid spoilers here, as you can probably tell.) I like the use of audible internal self-talk, pacing, sound design, and visuals to convey the buildup of internal pressure and how our perception of reality is shaped by all this. Okay, let's try this:
- What I Liked
- The shows immersive portrayal of someone struggling with mental illness and a resulting obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- The characters (even though I did not like-like each and everyone of them).
- Character shading (even though I did not like-like all of the individual shades).
- The acting, especially Rose Byrne's (Sheila), Dierdre Friel's (Greta), and Lou Taylor Pucci's (Tyler).
- The visuals
- Color grading
- What I Disliked
- Sheila's husband Danny Rubin.
- The few moments where it felt like the focus shifted to message peddling from providing quality entertainment.
Happy I watched it?
Yes. The show took me for a ride for a couple of hours, which I enjoyed, and I was inspired by its creative portrayal of mental illness and the problems it causes.
Where you can watch it:
This show airs on AppleTV+.
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