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“The work is mysterious and important.”
Breakup on AppleTV (I know) is possibly the best TV series I’ve seen in the last half-decade. The premise is beautifully sci-fi in a way that a lot of scifi doesn’t – in that it’s simple yet intricate once you’re seated with it, it presents a world that feels like it almost actually happened.
In the word of the show, some employees undergo a procedure that “cuts” their minds off their daily personal lives and “them” going to work each day. Again, this sounds simple enough, but the ramifications of this are endless.
The show feels like a work nightmare, the kind you get if you spend time doing a job you hate in a place you don’t really understand. The absurdities of professional life are amplified. It’s not moralizing. It’s phenomenal and comes at a perfect time when we all come out of our bubbles and ask ourselves what we’re doing with our lives and our time – and for whom?
The first season (it was lit green for a second) is only nine episodes long, and they stuck landing for the season finale. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Patricia Arquette devours this landscape in the best possible way. She is truly one of the most interesting “villains” on the small screen.
- Turturro and Walken have amazing chemistry, and I’m glad we finally got the chance to see them back on screen together since Illuminata (1998)
- Michael Chernus (Ricken) and his entire crew are a ridiculous breath of fresh air, and I love them (but I would never want to be stuck at a party with them).
- I spent most of the first season wanting to work with someone like Zach Cherry’s Dylan, and cheered him on like the hero he was! (Give this man every advantage!)
The entire cast was phenomenal. Adam Scott is doing double, no, triple duty here. He and Jenn Tullock feel like a real brother and sister. Tramell Tillman’s Milchick walks the line between kind and condescending and downright awful. You want to hit Sydney Cole Alexander’s Natalie in her smiling face. Dichen Lachman goes from loathsome to heartbreaking in no time. Britt Lower plays a victim and her own abuser!! Man, what a cast and what a beautiful writing!
This season finale was perfect writing, directing (thanks, Ben Stiller!), and pacing. I was either on the edge of my seat or pacing the living room the whole time. I got everything I wanted, and nothing I wanted, and I have no idea how the dice landed despite seeing things unfold (rather than an abrupt cut to the dark ending that other lesser shows could build on).
I can’t wait for (and am extremely nervous about) season two! It’s one of the few shows that I have no idea what’s coming.