Well, that was not what I expected!
The early Absolutely Fabulous vibe is a great misdirect. @RothdaTheTruculent, I like your attempts to describe it, which is hard to do, isn’t it? How to you sell this? The above trailer does a decent job, but as usual has too many spoilers. I guess I’d just describe it as a social paranoia thriller in the tone of a brash horror comedy that manages a surprising number of fundamental narrative twists in a very short period of time. One of those densely packed esoteric British thrillers that’s too good for American audiences.
No kidding. Although I thought it did an admirable job of unpacking itself as necessary. But it’s dense enough that I’m sure it holds up for a rewatch. Even if just for the performances.
And I love that it’s the creation of the two female leads. They were both just perfect for the story’s shifting sympathies and perspectives. It’s the sort of stuff they they clearly wrote for themselves, and it shows. However, the kid who played Ollie, an actor with dwarfism named Lenny Rush, nearly stole the show. He was tremendous, especially for his age. His ability to connect with the adult actors, and then to go where the show took him, was impressive.
As for where Am I Being Unreasonable? ends up, oh my god, it couldn’t have been more perfect!
Aww, nooooo! Dammit, this is like Fleabag all over again. Except from before I actually watched the second season of Fleabag and realized how good it was. So I guess this is nothing like Fleabag all over again. Unless I’m extremely lucky.
Still, I thought the ending of season one of Am I Being Unreasonable? got the characters exactly as far as they needed to go for me to know all I needed to know about them. And at that point, I’m happy to be done with them. I don’t mean that in a mean way, just in that the point of Am I Being Unreasonable? was to turn a short-and-sweet narrative brutally inside out, putting the characters in a completely different place than when you first meet them. And given how uniformly horrible and unreliable they all turn out to be, isn’t that the point? Aren’t we now done with them?
Again, I’m back at the first time I realized there was a second season of Fleabag: arguing that this nearly perfect thing is going to be ruint if the storytellers have more to say. :)