Wednesday, November 11, 2015
F**ked Into Submission? A Look Back at Sunday's Episode of THE AFFAIR
So, did any of you watch Sunday's episode of Showtime's THE AFFAIR? Because...I am feeling a kind of way about it. I mean, don't get me wrong: I still love the show, and I think how the writers are slowly peeling away the layers of Helen's (Maura Tierney) storyline is brilliant. And Noah (Dominic West) and Alison's (Ruth Wilson) imperfect romance remains a compelling foundation an increasingly compelling series. Buuuuut did anyone else blink really hard when Noah snatched Alison from her yoga retreat thingy, threw her up against a nearby tree and f**ked her forcibly--all because he was frustrated that she was dragging her feet about rekindling their relationship after he had been away being a family man in another town for SIX WEEKS?
Like, seriously dude? I have so many four-letter words for you, I don't even know how to begin. Truthfully, much of Noah and Alison's relationship has depended on 1) sex, 2) thrills, and 3) connection (in that order). So, graphic sex scenes between the two of them has become status quo on the show (whereas any sex scenes between Noah and Helen were always so...dutiful). But it's more the series of events leading up to Sunday's scene in question that has given me much, much pause.
Has Noah been manipulating Alison this whole time, causing the dissolution of both their marriages? Does he only love her because he feels he's the only thing that matters in her life, and when he's not he finds a way to control the situation so that he is? The scary thing is, Alison has allowed this to happen (or maybe she hasn't realized it?). She has all but completely submitted herself to Noah--save for her ultimately fruitless step toward independence by escaping on a spiritual retreat with her eerily kumbaya mother (played by Deirdre O'Connell). It has become clearer than ever that Noah has the upper hand here, at least from his point of view anyway. Alison's POV (the shifting perspectives is a recurring tactic on the series) was nowhere to be found on Sunday night. In fact, Alison is slowly becoming a mere catalyst for all the other characters on the show.
But getting back to *the scene*, I am starting to think that Noah and Alison are equally f**ked up individuals who both get off on masochism, because Alison didn't exactly put up a fight when Noah shoved her against a tree. I think they both see themselves as victims of their own construction, and even get a thrill out of it. So what does their f**ked-upness mean for the new storyline revealed on Sunday? I'm sure we'll soon find out.
Check out THE AFFAIR Sundays at 10pm on Showtime.