The new Netflix present referred to as Sex/Life is lots to deal with on so many ranges. Shot after shot, we get to see the “real life” intimacy of a fortunately married couple. Any married couple with children can establish with the hope of reaching orgasm earlier than the youngsters interrupt indirectly. Any couple can establish with the hope of getting uninterrupted intercourse, and the will to really feel wished whereas the opposite is distracted by their ideas, by the tv, by something however the process at hand — the act of lovemaking. The present is uncooked, it’s relatable (in some ways), and primarily based on the ebook “44 Chapters About 4 Men” by BB Easton.
Married couple Billie, mother of two, and Cooper, funding banker dad, reside in a house in suburban Connecticut — and the sequence takes us on the thoughts fuck of a mother who has had it together with her present intercourse life and mentally, no less than at first, solely fantasizes in regards to the relationship she had with a previous love earlier than fantasy collides with actuality.
Haven’t all of us been there? I’m that suburban housewife, married with children, with a home, and a life earlier than my present lifetime of domesticity. In that sense, I can relate to Billie, performed by Sarah Shahi, who’s fortunately married to a caring, engaging, dedicated accomplice, Cooper, performed by Mike Vogel. Over the course of the eight episodes that make up the primary season, we get to journey by way of Billie’s previous and might, in some ways, empathize together with her feeling caught, bored, wanting greater than to be a mother and a spouse — somebody who’s in quest of that previous thrill that she as soon as had.
Can you keep in mind that accomplice you had, possibly a one evening stand, possibly a prolonged relationship, possibly a love you had and misplaced? The sequence really made me take into consideration the previous loves I had, the intercourse life earlier than my present one, and because of Billie’s spiral down reminiscence lane, made me wholly admire the life (and marriage) I’ve.
Marriage is about appreciating and rekindling the spark that was there at first. Hell sure, marriage could be boring — and intercourse after 5, 10, 20 years of marriage could be boring too. What I like about this sequence is that Billie’s character is so identifiable with the longing to rekindle her personal hearth inside, revisit the previous that gave her such thrill, or the profession she gave as much as keep house and lift her children.
In totally different scenes, we see how Cooper tries to convey his sexual relationship along with his spouse again to life, however can’t compete with the robust pull Billie has to return in time, to a relationship that made her really feel alive in all of the methods her partnership with Cooper fails to do. The query I stored asking myself is that this: is Billie bored together with her intercourse life, or her marriage?
This Netflix present isn’t any “Sex and the City,” however it’s one which so many moms can see themselves in. The place the place someday, you end up serious about your previous, your relationships, the sexual escapades earlier than your married life started, earlier than the youngsters. I imply, what isn’t extra interesting than yelling at your children for consuming their boogers? Or throwing out yet one more plate of meals they refused to eat? Or the accomplice who has minor faults like forgetting to take out the trash on trash day? Or who thinks junk meals ought to have its personal class on the meals pyramid?
Why did I preserve watching Sex/Life? Well, I’ve been a Sarah Shahi fan since she dated Shane approach again when on “The L Word.” Billie and Cooper’s story jogs my memory that in marriage, we modify, we develop up, and we decide to the life we’ve, even when we would miss the sexual escapades or the flings of the previous. Because as stale as married life could be, a relationship so deep and multifaceted can’t be value throwing away to fill a bodily need.