I can't resist starting this post off by acknowledging the remarkable male frontal nudity that appears on the season two premiere episode of Showtime's THE AFFAIR. Simply because I want to beat haters of my "Nudity Double Standard" post to the punch (it seems many of my male readers are still in their feelings about that), and also to commend the cable network for having a show in which sex is its own character and depicting it in a way that feels more honest that, oh, most every other dramatic TV show/film.
But that's not the only reason to get excited about season two of the Golden Globe-winning series. The dual perspectives (something I've always loved) are further complicated when Helen's (Maura Tierney, who plays Noah's jilted wife) point of view enters the story. The drama is no longer about the two lovers, Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Noah (Dominic West), whose intricate affair set the tone of the first season. Now in season two, the drama delves deeper into the lives of those they crushed: their spouses. Beginning with Helen, we see how her husband's infidelity has led her to a new phase in her life--one with which she's grappling. Her relationship with her snobby, overbearing mother (Kathleen Chalfant) has further complicated that. And something tells me that we'll be seeing Cole's (Joshua Jackson, who plays Alison's husband) story unravel shortly as well...
That's always been a question watching the first season of THE AFFAIR. What about the spouses? Did they suspect anything? But it's a very clever way to begin the new season, as we see the progression of Alison and Noah's relationship get pushed to the background as a long-brewing mystery slowly begins to unfold. But how will all of this affect Helen and Cole? We'll have to watch and see.
The first episode is a bit of a slow burn with a WTF moment at the end, yet it teases a season that will likely bring all the players to the forefront--and maybe even those you least expect.
Don't miss the season two premiere of THE AFFAIR on Showtime Sunday at 10pm.