Apple TV+’s Series Wallows in Misery – The Hollywood Reporter
Adaptation of Jason Katims from Ann Napolitano Dear Edward, not a wink and urge show, but in a season-ending episode, a pair of characters are doing what is the equivalent of an interview about the series’ multitude of plotlines and one of them realizes that two of the stories going on were very, very similar.
“Oh, that… echoes,” said the character who spent the season less involved in the various major arcs.
Ten episodes of unending grief, even elaborately choreographed grief, is a lot of grief.
It’s hard to know if the partial admission of tongue-in-cheekness represents self-awareness on the part of Katims and company. Dear Edward, relies heavily on the repetition of the story, or if he is really unsure whether the viewer is smart enough to make very obvious connections on his own. Either way, it’s not accurate. If you go to the Grand Canyon and you scream something and someone 10 feet away screams the same thing back at you, a person with their eyes closed might think they are hearing an echo, but anyone paying attention will realized it was actually an echo. Just two people talking to each other.
the first season of Dear Edward, feels like 10:10 (or more) people crying to each other non-stop. There is no room for anything to resonate because the symphony of suffering is so loud and pervasive. Dear Edward, crafted with enough craftsmanship and fueled by performances that are solid enough that it often doesn’t feel like upright miserable porn, which isn’t always the case with recent attempts of TV to exploit the free-flowing saltwater geyser This is us flow setting. But in this case, sheer volume leaves no room for subtlety or variation. Instead of experiencing a sense of euphoria as the season ends, I’m mostly relieved and then wary at how shamefully the series seems to be being pushed into a second season.
Jumping around time with disorienting rampage, the pilot for Dear Edward, introduces a series of characters who will be connected by a catastrophic plane crash. The sole survivor is 12-year-old Edward (Colin O’Brien), who suffered from social anxiety before losing his parents (Brian d’Arcy James and Robin Tunney) and brother (Maxwell Jenkins) and now suffers bear the weight of being a Miracle Boy.
While recovering from physical and psychological injuries, Edward moves in with his aunt and uncle (Taylor Schilling and Carter Hudson) in upstate New York City. Aunt Lacey is grieving for her sister and is still dealing with the trauma of multiple miscarriages, so this sudden form of motherhood weighs heavily on her.
The airline behind the crash committed to three months of group therapy for those affected by the disaster, and that brings together many of our characters, too many to describe themselves. in an available summary. There’s Dee Dee (Connie Britton), a broader socialite whose late husband seems to be living a double life. There’s Adriana (Anna Uzele), the niece of a local congresswoman, forced by her death into an unexpected political run. There is Linda (Amy Forsyth), who is four months pregnant and grieving the loss of her boyfriend. Kojo (Idris DeBrand) has to come from Ghana to take care of her young niece (Khloe Bruno) traumatized by the loss of her mother. Et cetera.
Everyone is trying to move forward, but everyone is being held back by tragedy, and everyone harbors various secrets, most of which are eerily predictable, as if implying that dozens of unfinished subplots can equal a fully developed episode and can even surprise the script. Is a suffering mystery hybrid just a mystery?
As if to emphasize that the number of potential plots in this expansive grief story is unlimited, Dear Edward, immediately overextended, and that was before a few of the main characters, including Brittany S. Hall’s Amanda, Dario Ladani Sanchez’s Sam, and Ivan Shaw’s Steve, appeared mid-season. The support group is an opportunity for characters to present and express their feelings about their survivor’s remorse, but it’s also an opportunity to introduce new people and pair characters according to permutations. different.
Soon, disparate survivors will live together, sleep together, and provide financial services together, borderless uncanny like the recently released Apple TV comedy + shrink. Oh, and like shrink, Dear Edward, the fact that emotional rock needles pierce the wall, it’s likely that the series will turn into a musical at some point. I called the show “Dear Edward Hansen” before I realized that Dear Evan Hansen, The boys co-wrote the show’s opening theme, which featured at least 60 percent Lizzy McAlpine singing “hold on.” It is very Dear Evan Hansen,.
But if you put a lot of these characters in the same place with so many storylines and they all revolve around pain, along with some hollow mystery, even if the setting isn’t entirely unrealistic and certainly not irrelevant – pain, especially in a collective situation, is an all-consuming spiral – there is the danger that the story could become a bit mechanical. It usually works here. Two “secret gay” twists? Sure, it’s the echo. A topic related to a broken piano? It was by chance that a member of the support group repaired the piano for a living. A party in need of an appetizer? How great it is when someone just found a secret recipe for dumplings!
It becomes putting the pieces together and feels like solving a puzzle rather than creating a world. Edward’s new home is next to a quirky girl (Eva Ariel Binder’s Shay) who spends all her time practicing for wheelchair race trials. And while I’m sure some viewers will find that the wheelchair race storyline is random and unconnected — those won’t notice that the entire show revolves around violent collisions. force, no padding, characteristic of human interaction — I like it because it’s so interesting. The only storyline in the entire show that feels like it continues when the camera isn’t running. For example, Connie Britton’s Dee Dee had a daughter, and a long time passed without anyone even admitting that this daughter existed. She only goes on mothballs when she’s not on camera. The show’s world is simultaneously stretched and strangely sealed off.
Mostly, though, the shows interest me.
O’Brien is fully committed to Edward’s pain as a deeply physical thing; the character is so withdrawn that he is curled up, causing his explosive or even fleeting emotions to radiate. Also working very well in a quiet registry is Forsyth, who barely needs dialogue to make Linda sad and sympathetic. Britton is almost the opposite, with a big rhythm performance, some weird and perhaps inappropriate comics, though always watchable. There’s a spaciousness to Britton and a fragility to Schilling’s turn, qualities that put both in danger of being overstated, although I think I find the latter to be more consistently effective. I like Hall and Hudson, although both fit the “characters go into cold storage whenever they’re not around” problem. And I like the relationship between Uzele and DeBrand’s characters, even if Kojo is the idea of a character rather than a real person.
I cried while watching Dear Edward,? Absolute. It is almost impossible to avoid. Katims is a master. But already be a parent And Friday night lights shows that make viewers cry, or are they great shows that often revel in the tapestry of human experience to evoke tears? I will certainly argue later. Dear Edward, much closer to the former, not an example of a great artist squandering his talent, but possibly an example of a great artist not using all the colors on his easel.