Oh my goodness The Affair is back on our screens next week and normally this would be The Best News Ever but after that last series? I’m not so sure. Ugh. (I should probably say right now that if you haven’t seen The Affair yet or are yet to catch up on series 3, go go go! Then come back and read this. Or else this post might not make a whole lot of sense!)
I think it’s safe to say that the general concensus was that the first two series of The Affair was off-the-scale-fan-bloody-tastic and the third series was, well, a bit of a let down to say the least. The season finale was the least finale-ish of any show I have ever seen in the history of television. And actually, the whole series leading up to the non-finale-finale was pretty pants too. I know that I’m not the only one to think this when I say that it felt like they lost the plot.
The one thing that I always loved about The Affair was the whole seeing the story from each of the main character’s point of view. I can’t think of another show that has done anything like it. Ridiculously clever writing and you knew from the first episode of the first series that this programme was going to be something else. Seeing the story from different points of view was utterly fascinating. Seeing how they remembered events so differently or even how they saw each other gave a whole new insight. And of course in the start you were trying to figure out what the hell had happened and who on earth was telling the truth? Or maybe the truth actually lies somewhere in between? Brilliant writing and compelling to watch the story unfold in that way. But by the third series, the whole point of view thing seemed to become diluted somehow.
We spent half of the finale of season three seeing Juliette’s story. Oh. My. Godfathers. Who cares?! There was poor Etienne on his death bed and Sabine in bits but I couldn’t care less. They mean nothing to me. I actually think that Juliette is a great character, in an obviously sexy French professor kind of way, but she just feels like a distraction that the story doesn’t need. For her to keep cropping up then be such a huge part of the finale, I can’t help but think that she’s here to stay in series four though? The whole finale just felt like the writers fancied a jolly to Paris and to be fair, it was beautifully shot. But seeing Noah skipping around Paris like a love sick puppy was a bit unnerving to say the least. The week before we saw him literally on his knees having a nervous breakdown in his sub let student digs with the dodgy plumbing. A breakdown brought on by guilt over his mother dying that actually up until now, had never even been an issue I might add. Yup, Plot well and truly lost. Sigh.
I only really stuck with season three because I loved the first two seasons so much. But I just hope that season four will see the story get back on track a little. Do you know what we need? We need the story to go back to basics. After that last series, there are so many holes in the plot but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed by a few well written flashbacks. The one saving grace of the awful finale was actually the whole Noah and Whitney story. That gave us a glipse of what the show used to be. And just how good it once was. We need Noah and Alison, Cole and Helen. Maybe with Vic and Louisa as distractions along the way. We are not even nearly done with the original story. Noah loves Alison, Helen loves Noah, Cole loves Alison and Alison loves.. who knows! But that that is where the real story lies for me.
We’ll have to see… The Affair starts on Sky Atlantic on Tuesday 26th June at 9pm. Will you be watching?