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    There was a thread for this, but it seems to have gone missing.

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    AMG
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    Episode One

    Noah is possibly the most ambiguous character. Three seasons into the show, and despite him being the main character, I never feel 100% trusting of his motives, feelings or actions.

    It’s interesting to see him three years on, after he has been to prison, and is resubmerging himself in his new world.

    There is still a connection to Allison despite her non presence – he tries to phone her, pictures her photo on his cell wall, and still wears his wedding ring. Helen in comparison has been there for him, yet gets the cold shoulder. A great dynamic to play with this year.

    Overall, the episode was good. I thoroughly missed Allison and Cole, so hope that next week we get to see some of them. Helen was also underused, but given that it is Noah’s perspective for the full hour – I kind of wouldn’t expect anything less. It will be great to see if Helen is just ‘doting and waiting for Noah’s release’, or if her perspective completely flips that view the audience currently has.

    I hope we get to see how Allison, Cole and Helen were while Noah was inside. That may require a good number of time hops – particularly in the episodes with multiple.e perspectives – but if any show can pull it off, it’s this one.

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    You have more faith than I do. I don’t know what to think about this episode, except that most of it was quite dull. I find Noah so unlikeable now, that this entire episode of only his POV was not very enjoyable. Now we have this PTSD issue, too? If the next two episodes don’t give any indication that there is much hope for this season, I’m out. Nearly bailed last season, but hung in there to the end. Was hoping we’d pick up where that left off. Instead we get this odd hour… and of course, since Noah is so appealing, the French teacher just had to come on to him. No woman can resist, apparently. I just did not think this was a very good seaon premier.

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    You have more faith than I do. I don’t know what to think about this episode, except that most of it was quite dull. I find Noah so unlikeable now, that this entire episode of only his POV was not very enjoyable. Now we have this PTSD issue, too? If the next two episodes don’t give any indication that there is much hope for this season, I’m out. Nearly bailed last season, but hung in there to the end. Was hoping we’d pick up where that left off. Instead we get this odd hour… and of course, since Noah is so appealing, the French teacher just had to come on to him. No woman can resist, apparently. I just did not think this was a very good seaon premier.

    But it’s just HIS perspective. In his world, he is this earth shattering, knee trembling God to women. If you were to look at it from her perspective, it would probably all shift – that’s what makes this show so fascinating to watch. There is no 100% to anything we see; it’s all just a matter of perspective.

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    You have more faith than I do. I don’t know what to think about this episode, except that most of it was quite dull. I find Noah so unlikeable now, that this entire episode of only his POV was not very enjoyable. Now we have this PTSD issue, too? If the next two episodes don’t give any indication that there is much hope for this season, I’m out. Nearly bailed last season, but hung in there to the end. Was hoping we’d pick up where that left off. Instead we get this odd hour… and of course, since Noah is so appealing, the French teacher just had to come on to him. No woman can resist, apparently. I just did not think this was a very good seaon premier.

    But it’s just HIS perspective. In his world, he is this earth shattering, knee trembling God to women. If you were to look at it from her perspective, it would probably all shift – that’s what makes this show so fascinating to watch. There is no 100% to anything we see; it’s all just a matter of perspective.

    Exactly. That’s why I was such a big fan of this show, especially in the second season. It really allows you to contemplate what the truth of the story is, while knowing you’ll probably never get the full answer. Listen, Noah sucks…but that was no surprise beforehand. We had to see what was happening with him after the time jump first because he had the most at stake as an ex-prisoner, but the perspectives of others in his life will really dictate how the world really sees him. For example, this episode painted Helen as very needy for Noah’s attention and Allison as very distant. It’ll be interesting to see how true that still rings moving forward. I liked season one, but was extremely impressed with season two. Excited to see what we’re going to watch unfold this season…

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    Yeah Noah is a dreadful man, but his character can be interesting. I do miss Cole and Alison though. And I personally find Helen not as interesting when she is around Noah. I like her own personal storylines way more. But I love the show and I thought Season 2 was fantastic.

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    Episode Two

    God I forgot just how much I love watching Helen’s perspective.

    From her almost doting, dutiful sap-like presence that we saw of her last week, it is great to see the Helen I remember this week. All of her life now revolves around lies – the lie of Noah protecting her; the lies that she tells in her job; the lie of whether or not she truly wants a relationship with Vik. The presumed uneasiness this will bring on her, and the pressure it will place her under is sure to be great television this year.

    With Allison, so much potentially spellbinding television has been skipped over with the gap in time since we last saw her. This was slightly annoying, because the opportunity that would have given Ruth Wilson as an actress is huge. However, the way it now gets to be played out, with it being the impact of her actions, and recollections of the past, is where The Affair has great strength, and will be great to see.

    Much stronger than last week, possibly because the three best characters in this show got to take centre stage – Cole, Allison and Helen all could fill a solo leading series each. More of them this season, please!

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    Episode Three

    It’s not just women who are willing to throw themselves at Noah, it seems.

    Guard Gunther is definitely also up for having a bit of whatever Noah is serving up, no? Of course, with the perspective shifts it may well be that this assumed infatuation is not all that it seems – and it is all in Noah’s head. We see again how much Helen seems to dote on Noah, and assumes the ‘wife’ role when he is in hospital; even though in Helens perspective at the moment, we haven’t seen even a glimpse of this. Perhaps it is the guilt of Helen that genuinely makes her act this way; or maybe it is the burden which Noah has taken on because of Helen’s actions which explains why he sees her in this overbearing role.

    Speaking of which, it is interesting to see that Juliette is actually really into Noah, and that this is not just a fantasy in his head. It is great to see another perspective – though I was hesitant to begin with, thinking that they can’t add in another persons viewpoint, Juliette is a rather fascinating character. The risk plays off with her. She is as fascinated by the world of sex as Noah is, not just the physical act itself, but the way that sex is power. It will be great to see the way their dynamic plays while this tease of sex and control and power is up,in the air.

    My one concern is that we have now had two Noah parts, yet no Cole. I hope he hasn’t been sidelined to make way for the new characters. His sections were so strong last year, and seeing him grow from a broken man in mourning to someone who has begun to rebuild his life was fantastic to see, with a mesmerising performance from Joshua Jackson. I hope to see him get his own viewpoints of the Alison story when she left him with the baby. This in particular must have been a particular challenge for Cole and his new relationship, and would be a very, very interesting dynamic to see.

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    Last episode was my favourite so far. I don’t find Noah as a character that bad – he’s obviously deeply flawed, as Alison is too – and mostly I find him extremely interesting, so I’m perfectly fine with all the screen time they’re giving him.

    I agree with the concern that we haven’t had enough of other characters yet. Helen especially doesn’t seem that interesting to me right now, non even in the second episode.

    I’ll probably repete this a lot and become boring, but the acting here is nothing less than stellar. I find it difficult to name better shows than Then Affair regarding this specific point. So far, Dominic West is really doing a mesmerizing job and should be recognized by the Emmys, as he should have in the last two years.

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    Episode 4

    If it weren’t for Helen, I’d be campaigning for The Affair to only focus on the Allison/Cole story. It is brilliantly complex and lends itself to the split perspectives of the episode structure effortlessly.

    Cole’s biggest weakness is forthright here; not his lust/love for Allison, but the fact that he sees the best in everyone, despite everything they may have put him through. Justifying all of Allison’s actions in his perspective to Louisa is because of much more than just the physical and emotional attraction he has for her still, but because he knows her flaws, and possibly sees them in himself – even though they are less noticeable.

    Interesting then that Allison showcases her flaws much more than Cole appears to present them. Is her perception of Louisa because of the stereotypical jealous ex it may appear to be on the surface, or is it that Cole doesn’t see it, because he does see the best in everyone. The change in Louisa’s attitude at the end may suggest that Allison is telling the truth here?

    Either way, the introduction of Noah will mean the end of the minor blip in peace Allison has seemingly found herself in.

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    If I remember correct, this may have been a better way connect the stories…
    The first episode did make the mistake of only focusing on Noah.
    First half should have been Noah’s and they should have taken Helen’s story from the second episode and made that the second half in the first.
    Episode two should have started out with Alison and then ended with Noah’s second half from the first episode.
    Stray observations:
    Whitney is just as insufferable as ever. Ill be glad if we don’t see to much of her.
    That photography was great and a comic relief.
    Noah’s sister was great.
    The Juilette character is intriguing – Im really looking forward to where this goes (if anywhere).
    Brenden Fraser prison guard is creeptastic! Do you think its him whos stalking Noah? I don’t think they made that clear yet..
    Helen comes off horrible in Noah’s perception. Wow he really hates/resents her.
    Conversely Allison seems to think much worse of herself while Cole is much more forgiving and positive towards her.
    The discussion at Juliette’s dinner is rather fascinating. I wish it was longer and less heated.
    Im not sure how I feel about Cole and Allison sleeping together.
    Noah showing up in Montauk – I see nothing good with that.

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    Episode Five

    The most telling, and interesting, set up in this episode was the complete lack of crossover between Alison and Noah’s perspectives. In my mind, whenever this happens it means there is no confusion. The events happened exactly as described by those whose perspective we are in.

    Both opened up to one another. Alison admits to being so broken when they met, that Noah just became a figurehead of escape – which is what she fell for. Not him.

    Noah being more emotionally vulnerable than we have ever seen him describing the passing of his mother.

    They acknowledge that they can’t work together, but are so at one with each other that there is no confusion and no lies anymore.

    Dominic West has never been better in this show than he was in the second half of this episode. Just impeccable acting from him. I finally felt an emotional connection to Noah, and felt sympathetic towards him.

    Five episodes in, and I am annoyed we’ve only seen Helen in two (three at a push) episodes – with only one perspective from her. However, the rest of the series continues to flourish in delivering top notch drama which is so domestic and nuclear, yet gripping.

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    I am debating if I should binge this or not

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    I am debating if I should binge this or not

    From the first season all the way through? Do it! Great show even with its flaws.

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    This show has completely lost my interest. I liked the first season. Watched the second season (painfully) but only got about 3/4 through the first episode through this 3rd season then called it quits. I’m not sure if Showtime is going to pick this up for a 4th season.

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