So episode three of The Affair was…something. This season has started off hella shaky. First, there is WAY too much Noah in these first three episodes, and honestly? The whole “EVERY woman wants to fuck Noah” pattern has gotten old and is frankly a parody at this point.
Secondly, and speaking of parody, a French professor being SOOOOO turned on by Noah’s book and masturbating to it?! We were literally laughing out loud, my eyes nearly rolled back into my head. And then the gross convo about consent (which was especially gross after the Noah/Alison tree incident last season), concluding with the ~rabid feminist admitting she hates Noah but wants to fuck him?? Awful, horribly written, offensive and OF COURSE the episode was written by a man. The entire episode played like a pathetic man’s wet dream.
Third, the addition of a Juliette POV just about pisses me off. This is a fan fic trope character shoved in and given importance (and YET ANOTHER woman who wants to fuck Noah for God knows what reason) which is so very unearned and WHO CARES? The new POV should have been given to Luisa, who is an established character and is currently dealing with, at the very least, a possible emotional affair between her husband and his ex-wife and her POV would have been far more important and interesting since I personally am dying to know how she perceives Cole, Alison and their dynamic. Does she see Cole as a victim? Does she see Alison as a manipulator? I WANT TO KNOW and I’d prefer that to Noah’s constant bullshit.
Speaking of Alison and Cole, they continue to have the most interesting storyline and dynamic of the show, thanks in large part to Ruth Wilson and Josh Jackson’s performances and chemistry. I will always maintain the show would have been stronger if it had revolved around them and after these first three episodes, I have been unshaken in my belief.
Joshua Jackson in particular deserves praise for his performance for the last three seasons, often overlooked but there’s still something masterful about it because he does so much with so little and under the aloofness and anger, you get a glimpse of a moment in his expressions or tone that betray his body language or what he’s saying and he plays off so well with Ruth Wilson, it’s a treat to watch them play off each other.
I’m just glad this Sunday’s episode is jumping back to Alison/Cole because really, Noah is dragging this show the fuck down. That is, aside from Brendan Fraser delivering a surprisingly chilling performance (he’s totally getting some award love). Also, there’s never enough Helen. You have Maura Tierney, for God’s sake, use her!