REVIEW: Easy – Season One (2016)

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The following is a quick review of the Netflix Original Series Easy.

Easy is the newest Netflix original series to binge-watch, and it comes from mumblecore filmmaker Joe Swanberg, who is known best for his 2013 relationship-drama Drinking Buddies starring Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick.

Easy isn’t like most other Netflix series. This is an anthology series, which focuses on one Chicago couple each episode. There are some connections between each episode and the next, but episodes three and eight are the ones that are the most connected.

There are eight episodes in the full season, and they last around thirty minutes each. That makes it easy to binge, but this isn’t really a show that is perfect to binge. There isn’t an overall plot. This is just about human connections, marriage, and relationships.

I was a big fan of Drinking Buddies, so when I heard this show was coming out I was pretty excited. When I heard who were starring in the Netflix anthology series, I was even more excited. Even though the guy I was looking forward to seeing the most – Jake Johnson – doesn’t really play an important part in this season.

Easy is very intimate, it can feel very awkward, but it does feel very real. Sure, there are some pretty clear clichés, but these are diverse, realistic, and believable relationships (for the most part). The standout episode is the one featuring Marc Maron and Emily Ratajkowski, but after that episode the season isn’t as solid.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a little bit exciting. The characters from episode three, which I didn’t really care for all that much, make their return in the season finale, which really turned me around on those couples. But the episode that most people will probably be looking forward to (due to Orlando Bloom’s appearance) is really just a story about ‘Tinder.’

B

– Jeffrey Rex