By Eddie Probasco
At one point or another, everyone has had an awkward situation in his or her life. Whether it be not knowing how to keep a conversation from dying, accidentally taking someone’s seat in class or waving to someone who does not see you, it appears it is how we deal with these awkward situations in our lives that continue to define who we are. With this said, the Netflix original series “Love,” succeeds in projecting this sense of quirkiness and awkwardness fully upon the viewer with no remorse.
With slight viewer discretion advised, the audience is abruptly introduced to one of the two main characters known as Mickey. Mickey is the definition of trying to find oneself in the worst ways possible.
Forever hanging onto the concept that love can be found through dysfunction, Mickey’s lifestyle and uncleanliness continues to reinforce this concept. Feelings of embarrassment for Mickey’s character pour out onto the audience as her foul mouth finds her in more predicaments rather than opportunities. Whether it be from sleeping with her 30-something year-old ex-boyfriend who relies on his mother to still buy his pants, or not understanding that you need money to buy coffee, Mickey continues to embody the passive aggressiveness that makes an awkward situation into something that is unbearably uncomfortable.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is Gus. Gus is a geeky hopeless romantic who continues to stumble through life while desperately trying to find his footing after a break up. Gus propels the audience into understanding that sometimes taking the high road in life leads to watching others succeed, while contrarily you are home alone watching documentaries on walruses.
Struggling with how to say no to others and how to tutor a child actress –that is ultimately making more money than you– Gus continues to portray to the audience that you do not need to be midway through life to have something close to a midlife crisis.
If you decide to give “Love” a chance, you will routinely be surprised how quickly the plot thickens and just how humorous serious conversations are portrayed. From attending a church meeting in a swimsuit –while simultaneously being high on prescription drugs– to getting drunk and partying with children nearly half of your age, “Love” finds comfort in the most uncomfortable situations.
With the significant contrast in characters, this show will leave you continually questioning how Gus and Mickey will cross paths while always hoping the series is building up to some awkward romantic explosion between them. If you have ever laughed at an inappropriate time, or wanted to run and hide during a long awkward silence, consider adding this quirky and awkward jewel to your queue today.