The Affair IMO is one of the most gripping shows on TV right now. I started binge-watching it through CraveTV last year and now in Season 3 I can hardly wait until Sunday nights to see the next episode! It is a Showcase original series starring Dominic West (The Wire), Maura Tierney (ER), Ruth Wilson (BBC’s Jane Eyre, Luther), and Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek). (For those like me who watched Jackson as Pacey in Dawson’s Creek years ago, it’s quite nostalgic to see him in a series again.)
Of the four, only Maura Tierney is American (Boston born and raised), and Joshua Jackson is in fact from Vancouver (where I am based), still spending part of the year here. Ruth Wilson and Dominic West are both British actors, each executing quite flawless American accents IMO. Here is a clip of Dominic West on fans’ reactions when they find that he doesn’t talk the way he does on TV and on learning his American accent for “The Wire”.
The Affair chronicles the extramarital relationship and torrid sexual encounters of Noah (West) and Alison (Wilson) and the continuing fallout from the affair. The show has great atmosphere, starting with the theme written and sung by Fiona Apple. I have this idea that you either love or hate her music, and unfortunately, I am more in the latter camp (fast-forwarding through the opening), but it definitely is effective for setting the mood. Check it out here.
The scripts are well written and believably acted, following these terribly flawed characters as they use each other for their own purposes with devastating consequences for themselves and those around them. One device that makes the show particularly compelling is that in almost every episode, parts of the story are first told from one person’s point of view and then repeated again from another’s. No, this isn’t boring — quite the opposite in fact! Don’t you find that we all remember the same incident slightly differently? It makes the show really fascinating – did Noah seduce Alison or did Alison seduce Noah? It all depends on who is doing the remembering!
Before Season 3 started, I couldn’t imagine how the writers could continue effectively tracing the impact of the Season 1 affair, but they really have! The suspense created in Season 3 Episode 1 had me on the edge of my seat. Without giving much away, I may never be able to wash dishes with my back to the room again! Let me know what you think of The Affair – or if you haven’t seen it, check out the show’s website here: