It’s Time To Talk About The Affair Season Finale…Wait, That Was The Season Finale?

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***WARNING: WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT ALL OF SEASON 3 OF THE AFFAIR***

The Affair. One of my favorite shows on television. Been on the bandwagon for awhile (all aboard CHOO CHOO). The acting is great. The writing is superb. It was original and unique and such a refreshing change up from all of the TV reboots. I had really high hopes for Season 3. Noah going to prison was intriguing. I was game for a new perspective and a time jump because it told me that the writers want to keep the fresh aspect of this show and not recycle story lines. Totally fine with that. You still have the Alison and Cole saga and the Helen train wreck so all in all, I thought it would be a good season.

The Affair Season 3 took a step back.

My thoughts are going to be all over the place so bear with me. It’ll all tie together (I hope) so I’m just gonna go for it.

Season Finale Thoughts

  • Let’s start with the most obvious thing to talk about: The season finale. Wait, that was a season finale? In a show that started with Noah and Alison’s perspectives, the staples of this show, we are taken on a trip to Paris for Juliette’s and Noah’s perspective. Why?
  • Juliette is going to get A LOT of heat this season. The biggest question being “why did the writers even add her in the first place?” When I first heard they were adding a new character, I was totally fine with it. The worst thing a show like this could do is to stay stagnant. They have to spice it up or it’s just going to get repetitive. Praised the writers for this move.
  • That being said, the Juliette experience did not work out because she really didn’t get a chance to develop. I think she had only 3 perspectives this season AND one of them was the season finale. A very, very bold move on the writers part. That being said, I hated the move. Twitter was KILLING The Affair for this move and I’m with them. I think if Juliette was a character and not a perspective, it would’ve worked out better.
  • Noah’s perspective, for the most part, made sense. Man tries to make up for all his wrongdoings and try to start a new life. I understand why Juliette was tied in with Noah. The new flame, new interest, etc.  But once again, it should not have been in the season finale.
  • That being said, if you were too thrown / pissed off from Juliette’s perspective that you lost interest in Noah’s, you missed out on a crucial moment in the show. I’m talking about Noah and Whitney. From Episode 1, every single move Noah has made has distanced himself further from his children and his family. Noah continuously tried to be a good father, but the more he tried, the more he failed. Noah was everything he did not want to be aka like his father.
  • But when Noah came to the defense of Whitney and was able to finally rationalize and explain his thought process of the past couple years, you could finally sympathize with him. Not that he deserves your sympathy after all he has done and you still might be on “Team Noah is an asshole,” coming to the defense of his daughter after the slap from Furkat was the best thing he ever did as a father. That’s a HUGE theme in The Affair and if you missed it because you didn’t like Ms. French in the first half, then you’re totally excluding a major subplot.
  • This felt like a series finale, not a season finale. Noah leaving in the cab wondering where he’s going to go seemed like a way to just end the series, not open up discussion for Season 4 (which there is).
  • I guess Alison, Cole, Oscar, and Luisa got the good old fashioned sorryboutit!
  • Once again, I wasn’t a fan of the season finale. It felt like the end of a show or a 3rd episode in a season. To call it garbage is a stretch. I really didn’t care for Juliette’s story, but I actually didn’t mind most of Noah’s. The phrase I’m using for the episode is “Out of Place.”

UPDATE: So when I write these, I take zero notes. I just go off the cuff and by my memory. I totally forgot about Noah and his mother and Juliette and her husband. I apologize for not bringing up that parallel. Shout out to Mat Fesster for reminding me. Also, thanks to everyone who has hit me up about the review. I love a good discussion.

So real quick. Another thing people might have skipped over because they were upset with Juliette is the idea of grasping on to a loved one even though they are holding you back. Noah (not 100% confirmed, could be more details but I’d say it’s 90% sure) admitted to mercy killing his mother because she was suffering from cancer. This is probably the root of Noah’s unhappiness and why he does what he does and it lead to his hallucinations of guilt and distress. Killing your mother? I’d venture to say that would mess up 11/10 people 24/7, 365 a year. Look at Juliette, too. Her husband suffered from Alzheimer’s and even called her the wrong woman, but yet again, she was still grasping on to something that was dying. Juliette even wished for his death. This was the bridge that united Noah and Juliette because they could totally relate to one another with holding on to the past while trying to move on.

So yes, Juliette did show some value, but I’m still standing by my original comment of “out of place” and lack of development for her character. Once again, move this to earlier in the season and we might be on to something.

Season 3 Thoughts

  • Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah, Noah. This proved that The Affair is Noah’s show.
  • Because of a Noah overload, Cole, Helen, and most importantly, Alison, took a HUGE back seat . I’m not sure if this means Season 4 is Alison’s time to shine or not, but it’s time to bring back all of these characters into the fold next season.
  • I need more Oscar. He’s my dude.
  • I am NOT a Helen fan, but her perspective in Episode 9 of Season 3 was her best ever. You truly got a look into how Helen has been affected over the past couple of seasons. She’s always doing what other people want. Her parents, Noah, even Alison. I liked how she didn’t tell Cherry about Scott because I think it’s foreshadowing for next season. Helen telling Vic the whole truth was the icing on the cake. Finally did something for HER.
  • This show started out with Noah and Alison’s perspective. Alison has to be a central character along with Noah. Her interactions with Cole this season were intriguing and entertaining, but there weren’t enough of them. I really think Alison makes a huge comeback next season.
  • For the “Take me back to Montauk, The Lockharts and The Lobster Roll” Crowd: Hear me out. What did you think was going to happen after Scott died? They just return to the Lockhart Ranch and have more family interactions? Cole HATES his family. He married Luisa to get away from his family. It did not make sense to just bring Cherry and co. (what’s left of it) back into the mix. That wouldn’t make sense. I think Helen wanting to tell Cherry about Scott brings the family back in the mix in Season 4, which is a good thing. Maybe if they did this revelation earlier in the season and brought the Lockhart’s back later on in Season 3, it would’ve satisfied more people including me, but I agree in terms of not forcing them back into the storyline.
  • I also think there is a HUGEEEEEE Alison and Cole bias. Don’t get me wrong, Alison > Noah. Noah overload backfired this season. I get this feeling that if some people don’t see Alison or Cole in the episode, they automatically are turned off from the start, which is not a good way to approach an episode. Yes, it was Noah overload, but like the interaction with Whitney, there were some really well-done parts that people might have missed because of their bias.
  • Noah stabbing himself. Really? Ugh. Probably the #1 thing I was disappointed with this season. Noah is bat shit crazy. I was totally fine with the prison sequences and shout out to Brendan Fraser. He’s come a long way since George of the Jungle and The Mummy. But why did Noah have to stab himself? Imagine if after Noah realized he made up a lot of the prison interactions, he goes back to his apartment, convinces himself he’s crazy, but there’s a big reveal as to who his killer truly was? Perhaps someone was waiting there or he found a clue. Now I would’ve been on board with that. My #1 suspect was Audrey. You know, the girl who Noah made fun of in his class but yet she still wanted to have sex with him? Underused character.

So that wraps up Season 3. A shaky,shaky season for sure. A LOT of unhappy campers. The writers took a risk in order to make the show fresh. Totally supported that move because the worst thing a show could be is “stagnant.” That being said, it wasn’t executed correctly. I’m all for new even when “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” was true. I wanted to briefly leave Montauk, but not abandon it completely. Alison needs to get back into the mix 50/50 with Noah perspectives. Throw in some Cole’s and Helen’s and we’re cooking with gas again. I hope you will watch Season 4 when it comes back. Looking at you, Bus.

Until next year. Need more Oscar. Need it.

The Affair Is One Of The Best Shows On Television

Go watch it now

The Affair
 Showtime

Every so often, a show comes around that soon becomes an obsession in my life. I’m more of a movie guy in general, but there are a few TV shows that I truly consider “great” in every sense of the word. The acting, the writing, the character development, the storyline, the twists, the turns. Basically, the show is as close to perfect as you can get. Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad are the two shows that come to mind that I describe as great shows. Well, there’s a new show to the club and its name is The Affair.

“Wait, what is The Affair? I’ve never heard of it.”

That’s usually the response when I tell people to watch The Affair. The Affair used to be “that show that follows Homeland” on Showtime. Now, it’s “that show that is better than Homeland.” It’s a shame that it does not have the popularity as Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but The Affair deserves the same recognition, if not more. It’s that good and its about to enter its 3rd season.

Since most of you have probably never heard of the show, here is the Season 1 Trailer.

The Affair is about an affair (No shit, Sherlock!), but it’s so much more than that. The show is told in flashbacks. You get to see the inner workings of how an affair begins and how the infidelity affects the people that are closest to you. Each person has their own reason for entering an affair. The long marriage that begins to stall. The high school sweethearts who can never get over a tragedy. I am not married, but you hear about these problems everyday, which makes the show that much more relatable. Real life people going through real life shit. While the affair is going on, there’s this lingering “problem” in the present day that the viewer is trying to figure out. Think crime related. That’s all I’ll say.

What makes the show so unique is how the story is presented. The story is originally told from two different viewpoints, Noah and Allison. So the first half is from one person’s viewpoint and the second half is from the other person. What show does this? It’s so creative. People choose to remember what they think happened and not necessarily what truly happened. That’s the basis of The Affair. Noah and Allison are involved in an Affair, but they each see their actions and responses in a different light, which is why their stories are different. It’s like when Noah tells the story, he is the angel and Allison is the seductress and when Allison tells the story, she is innocent and Noah is guilty. We all do this in real life. It makes the viewer think about who to believe.

The Affair
The Affair

The writing is absolutely spectacular. I always say that The Affair is the best written show on television and that’s a fact. Every detail is accounted for and every question has an answer. Every scene has a purpose. I never walk away from an episode saying “I hope they tie up that loose end or answer that question” because I know that my prayers will be answered. While the writing is excellent, the acting is just as great. Some episodes, you feel for Noah and his wife, Helen. Other episodes, you might feel for Allison and her husband, Cole. Frankly, some episodes you hate all of them, but every character has a secret and the show takes you on a long journey to figure them out. I’ll also get this simple recognition out of the way. Noah is McNulty from The Wire. Cole is Charlie Conway from The Mighty Ducks. Maura Tierney is Abby from ER.

After reading this all, I still don’t think I have done this show justice. It’s so unique that it’s sometimes hard to explain. All I can say is watch it. You will NOT be disappointed. I have recommended this show to numerous friends and family members and they have all said the same thing: The show is amazing and I’m addicted. This show will bring friend groups together (s/o to MR) and will be the topic of conversation of many group chats.

Lucky for you, the 3rd season debuts on Sunday, November 20. That leaves you 1 month to binge watch 22 episodes. That is a piece of cake. Basically 1 show a day. You can do it.

Also, if you end up watching the show, I expect a “Thank you, DG” sometime in the near future. No pressure or anything.

P.S. ONE OF THE BEST THEME SONGS EVER. Sink back into the ocean, sink back into the ocean.