Plot: Season four is a fresh start for the show. Noah, Helen, Alison and Cole are all in different relationships now, being the furthest they’ve ever been from each other. Are they all ready to leave the past behind?
Created By: Sarah Treem, Hagai Levi
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson, Omar Metwally, Sanaa Lathan, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Another solid season from Showtime’s hit TV show. For the first time, I began to like Noah. There’s no denying that Dominic West is one of the most talented actors on our screens today but I’ve never been able to look past his selfish and annoying character. Then season four came out and he’s less of a p***k, in fact, he didn’t really do anything to annoy me this season. It’s like he was a completely new person and I liked this new side of him. He genuinely cared for the first time in forever. I really felt I could enjoy Dominic West as an actor much more because I liked the character. I could finally watch him in all his glory (no pun intended).
Never has an opening credits song felt more involved and more relevant than in The Affair. And it’s not something you realise until it plays in the season finale because of the events that happened in the previous episode. There are plenty of shows that I skip the opening credits because they’re boring but I’ve never once skipped The Affair’s.
“I was screaming into the canyon, at the moment of my death. The echo I created outlasted my last breath.”
“I have only one thing to do and that’s be the wave that I am and then sink back into the ocean.” – Fiona Apple
These are some of the lyrics from the opening song and the reason they fit so well with the show, now more than ever, is because of Alison’s untimely death. For a show that’s had some of its basis around the ocean and then for Alison to be found dead in the ocean, just felt really fitting for the show. However, I’m annoyed that the finale episode didn’t reveal the truth about her death. I don’t like the idea of the fifth and final season to be all about Cole solving the mystery surrounding her death. That isn’t what this show is about.
Alison’s death didn’t really come as a surprise to some people as there were rumours about her departure from the show. I’ve never been a huge fan of Alison’s but I do feel for her. She’s been through a lot and she carries a lot of pain. I’m sad for the fans who related to her the most. The show will definitely be different without her. Season five is going to be interesting. The direction of each of the character’s after her death will be intriguing to see.
Regarding Alison’s death, episode nine is the best episode The Affair has ever crafted and aired. It was emotional, touching, frustrating and a whole lot of other emotions that I can’t seem to put into words. What The Affair does well is telling its stories in an untraditional way. It’s something that I haven’t seen any other shows do. However, episode nine was a little different from the other episodes. Instead of having two different people’s point of view’s, they were both Alison’s. The first half of the episode was the touching and emotional bit but the second part was the frustrating one and the one that, I’m sure, will make a lot of people angry. It showed the murder of Alison. These two different angles both from Alison delivered us two outcomes and as much as I’d love the first part to be the real one, it just doesn’t seem likely.
The acting in this episode was the best I’ve ever seen from this show and that’s saying something because every episode is a tight one from all the cast. This is the type of show that only comes along every once in a while. A show that has heartbreaking and darkness within it but it’s told in the most beautiful way and handled with such delicacy, that you forget it’s a show. I get completely lost in this show and its characters. I’m going to be lost without it when it finally finishes for good next year.
If you don’t watch this show then you really are missing a treat! I really do highly recommend it. It deals with some of the difficult things life throws at you in one of the most realistic ways that you will ever see on TV.