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There are two sides to every story, and Showtime's provocative new drama The Affair aims to tell them both.
The series, debuting Sunday at 10/9c, uses a Roshomon-like technique to tell the stories of Noah Solloway (The Wire's Dominic West) and Allison Lockhart (Luther's Ruth Wilson), a pair who begin their titular adulterous romance during a summer in Montauk. Each person is recalling his or her version of events as part of a present-day framing device, and, naturally, there are significant differences depending on who is telling the story.
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The mysteries of sexual attraction aren't the only enigmatic forces at play in Showtime's intensely intimate new drama The Affair (Sunday, 10/9c), which adopts a provocative he-remembers/she-remembers approach to an extramarital fling during a Long Island summer. By the end of the absorbing first episode (all that Showtime has made available for review in advance of the 10-week season), with the actual affair still in the offing, we're not quite sure who, if anyone, we can believe.
As the story unfolds in parallel flashback, the memories don't quite match up. So who made the first significant eye contact? Who's the provocateur? And perhaps the greatest puzzle is why each is telling this very personal, intimate story to the authorities, in a framing device reminiscent of True Detective. So there are plenty of unanswered questions in the first, hypnotic hour.
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Get ready to have an affair with Showtime.
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