Grace Fraser is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. She's a successful therapist, has a devoted husband and young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Overnight a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.Written by
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Feels more ABC than HBO
Everything about this series feels like normal network television, at least aside from some pretty gratuitous (but welcome) nudity early on.
The cliched establishing shot, for instance. Every transition includes the sort of establishing shot of the exterior of a building that went out of style in the 90s. Instead of acclimating us to each set, or artfully and seamlessly setting each scene, we go from "exterior, luxury Manhattan" to "exterior, NYC Police station" to "exterior, NYC court house". It starts to feel almost like it's some inside joke it's so lazy.
Now add the repetitive use of tilt-shift during many of the "look, it's NYC!" transitions (in case anyone forgot).
Those are, of course, minor issues. They just bring the whole thing down and lower expectations. They make it feel lazy and cheap. Far below the level expected of HBO.
The script would be appropriate for a 60 minute episode of Law & Order. It isn't the script for a 6 episode HBO series.
The acting is consistently good from most involved, but they're working on a terrible script, with horrendous directing and camera work, and the result is...eh...
You'll watch it through out of curiosity, but the payoff will make you wish you could go back and not have watched it.
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