edited February 2017 in Other TV
Has anyone else seen this?
I've just binged it over the last couple of days (6 episodes, each a half hour) and totally loved it. It quickly shot to near the top of my list of best shows that I've seen over the last year or so.
If anyone has ever read Martin Amis (The Rachel Papers, Money etc), it reminded me of his style of writing but from a woman's perspective.
The star of the show - Phoebe Waller-Bridge - also wrote it, based on a play that she originally wrote. It's currently sitting at 8.2 on IMDB and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Well worth the watch!
I was dealing with a bout of insomnia last night and laughed out loud so loudly that I was worried that I might have woken up other people in the house! I loved the sense of humour in the show, and it served a purpose as well.
I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but there are several times when a joke is set up in a particular way and then the payoff is delivered. They use that to catch the audience off guard by using what you think is a familiar setup, and then hit you with something totally unexpected. In those moments, you're put into the shoes of the main character - she's expecting something, the audience is expecting something and we're both given something shockingly different. It's a great way to build a bond between the viewer and the protagonist. I was totally unprepared for the emotional impact of the finale, I was surprise by how it made me feel. We laugh along with her for 5 episodes, we've formed an empathy with her, we're drawn into her life and we're rooting for her...then when certain things come to light, it makes you question all of that.
It's fantastic writing, as clever as it is bawdy.
I've found out that she's written and stars in another show called "Crashing" (not the new HBO show of the same name!). I haven't been able to track it down yet, but it's going right to the top of my 'things to watch next' list!
The trailer for anyone who might be interested:
Oh, awesome! I looked for it last night and didn't find it - but it's there now. My insomnia induced mind probably misspelled it or something!
Crashing is available on Netflix. Completely different vibe from Fleabag but I also found it really well done. Not as nuanced or sophisticated as Fleabag but does a great job of capturing a different stage of life.
My only complaint is that my binge lasts a what feels like minutes and then it’s gone for another couple of years
Aron, Jim, and Cecile really need to watch the first season because I think the previously on for S2’s premier doesn’t make clear the big reveal in the final episode of S1. Doesn’t affect enjoyment of the show but definitely helps understand the character and where she’s coming from.
update: just finished season one and am definitely a fan. On to season two!