Saturday, August 23, 2014
Even Socipaths Fall In Love (Television Review: You're The Worst, Thursdays on F/X)
I have to admit. I watched "You're The Worst" because I thought it was going to be a romantic comedy television series. I mean, look at the poster. As it turns out, it *is* a romantic comedy: only without a shred of romance, and with a gret dose of comedy. Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) meet in a meet-cute premise, but with vitriol and bad manners. These two are sociopaths in the best sense of the word, and the series starts off with a one-night stand. They are the unlikeliest couple, they don't even seem to like each other (They one up each other in every way) Though we know as viewers that they are really meant to be, we are puzzled, and the joy of the series is finding out how to get there when it looks like they aren't even traveling on the same road, so you ask yourself how are they going to meet. They spend days refusing to acknowledge that they like each other, trying their damnedest to acknowledge they are beginning to develop feelings for each other. As I finish the fifth episode, they begrudgingly agree to not see other people. (This, after spending a whole episode trying to outdo each other sleeping with other people) I find these unlikely sympathetic characters endearingly hilarious. This is a show for today: there are scads of nudity, the language is as profane as cable television could get, and these characters do despicable acts you can only imagine. But it's also arresting television. You won't be able to take your eyes off the screen.