Made for Love: Season One
April 9, 2021 2:54 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Hazel (Cristin Milioti), on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire, suddenly realizes that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track her every move. This American dark comedy television series is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting.

Streaming in the US on HBO Max.
posted by DirtyOldTown (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Through ep2, and it seems to be hitting its targets so far. Poor off-brand Ballmer is just losing body parts like he's a Carl Hiaasen villain!
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 5:08 PM on April 9, 2021 [2 favorites]

I mean, really, all she needs is an EMP, right?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:32 PM on April 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

I mean, really, all she needs is an EMP, right?

Maybe a round of ECT?
posted by Thorzdad at 3:12 AM on April 10, 2021

Maybe a round of ECT?

Or stick her head in the microwave on high for two minutes.

Big fan of Cristin Milioti and Ray Romano.

Geez, the premise is creepy AF.
posted by porpoise at 1:31 PM on April 10, 2021

I uh, caught up to e06. This series is fantastic.

Short episodes, 10 in all. Well worth watching.
posted by porpoise at 5:44 PM on April 10, 2021 [1 favorite]

The entire cast of this is great, and I'm caught up through six as well. I have no idea where this is going, and I really like that. The weird digital sounds in the score keep making me want to check my phone.

The physical comedy in the Bennett and Byron scenes in these three episodes made Byron a little more palatable.
posted by gladly at 7:29 PM on April 10, 2021

Greatly loved the first three episodes! The next three were good but seemed to lose a lot of the narrative thrust. (More in that later.) The cast is wonderful. Between this, Palm Springs, and Black Mirror, Cristin Milioti has become the go-to Woman Who Finds Inner Reserves of Strength to Escape a Creepy Sci-Fi Premise Dominated By an Insecure Manchild. (I also just rewatched her in season 2 of Fargo, where her part is small but her performance is pivotal.)

I never did not laugh when someone mentioned “the smell cube.”

The Pasture reminded me of the Attic in Dollhouse. I hope this is not the last we’ve seen of Fiffani.

It’s strange how after the end of episode three, which seems like it would have been almost the climax of a two-hour movie, Hazel seems to just accept that Byron can see and hear everything she sees and hears, and prioritizes trying to get a divorce ahead of getting the chip out. Her deciding to keep it by the end of episode six would have felt more natural if a good reason for it had been mentioned earlier (maybe by Herringbone or Fiffani) in an earlier episode, rather than the bowling lawyer who suggests it and immediately exits stage left in episode five.

We’re still only at the halfway point so perhaps the pacing will make more sense to me by the end. I’m also wondering whether this is an effect of HBO putting up three episodes at a time—they did that with the most recent Search Party season, which meant the season ended too quickly.

Also: Gogol? A little on the nose. :)
posted by ejs at 6:21 AM on April 14, 2021

So IMDB was in error, there are only 8 episodes.

If I understood it correctly, the ending was sweet but so darkly bitterly so.
posted by porpoise at 3:12 PM on April 16, 2021

That ending was super dark! Hazel put her father in the same situation that she was literally going to kill herself to escape, but unlike her, he had no choice and it was done to him against his will. And the added kick in the junk is that she had just been convincing him that he deserved to be out in public with Diane, and now he won’t have a public to be out in any time soon.

And there’s no way the deception will last—you can’t exactly treat cancer without the patient ever knowing. Especially if the patient deliberately refused treatment before you kidnapped them. Though I guess Hazel did have brain surgery without ever knowing it. But still, when Herbert finds out he’s a prisoner in the Hub to be treated against his own wishes, he’s not going to see it as sweet or selfless on Hazel’s part.

Anyway, I dug the show! I hope there’s a season 2 so that this situation resolves and the people tortured in the Pasture cube can escape and seek justice. And of course so Judiff can try to take Byron down too. It was unsatisfying that Hazel ended the season with the chip still in her head, but I figure the writers want to hold onto that conceit for future shenanigans and escalation of stakes.
posted by ejs at 5:27 PM on April 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

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