Couple-ish is finally out and thank goodness. I was super excited about this show, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
Episode one, “Roomie Oh Roomie”, begins with Dee’s panic over their inability to afford their current apartment. They chat with Amy, their little sister, who suggests they look on the internet for a roommate, after which they conduct interviews. They settle on Rachel, a British immigrant in Canada on a visa. The scene fast-forwards through moving, settling in, and the next seven months, as Rachel and Amy get quite close. We slow back down to watch Amy and Rachel attempting to build a desk. The three decide to drink instead, at which point Dee discovers that Rachel has applied to be a citizen through a common law marriage to Dee… who isn’t exactly her best friend.
Episode two, “Guilt Trip”, begins with Rachel confessing that she applied for Dee to be her sponsor without telling her because her visa is about to expire. Dee naturally freaks, and Amy attempts to calm them by boiling it down to a year of both their time. Rachel makes a case for how little she has back home. She wants to stay in Canada, and she says this is the only way she can stay. She leaves the apartment in response to Dee’s silence, and Amy tries to make a case for Rachel to Dee. After a bit of pondering, Dee finally caves and calls Rachel to tell her she’ll do it.
I think these episodes are really great. They’re well-shot, well-executed, and a joy to watch. Episode one has some great funny moments, such as a nod to the Carmilla fandom, and the indecipherable Canadian roommate. I’m curious to see why Dee was left in such financial straits to begin with, but hopefully that will be answered in a later episode. I also love that this isn’t told in traditional vlog format. (I know there will be “fake” vlogs later to prove to the government they are “actually” a couple, but I believe those are bonus content or incorporated into the episodes themselves). This gives the cast the opportunity to play, and the acting can be subtle and honest where vlog acting sometimes feels forced.
I think what’s nice about Kaitlyn Alexander and Sharon Belle having worked together on Carmilla, but not been in a ton of scenes together, is that they know each other and their acting styles, and they are good friends. I love how they play off each other, and I am so glad they are working on this project together.
Overall, I am super excited for the start of this series, and can’t wait to see how and where it goes. What did you think of the first two episodes? Let me know in comments!
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