I’m a sucker for a good ensemble drama with intertwining stories. I’m also sweet on stories that deal with big topics – race, family, sexuality, politics. And I really fucking love to curse. So, F#@k I Love You might be my new obsession.
The show returned January 26th, with the second half of its first season, and the work is at a whole other level. Creator Lucky Mor has not only expanded the world of the series, but has also deepened and complicated the relationships introduced in the first five episodes. For those of you who haven’t caught up yet, here’s a quick synopsis:
Douglas Winston (Lucky Mor) is a conservative, Black, California councilman who grew up as an adopted son in a wealthy, white family, and is currently married (somewhat tumultuously) to the white, liberal Angie Winston (Murisa Harba). J Winston (Gabriel Voss) is Douglas’s drug addicted, reckless-but-good-hearted adoptive brother. The show starts with tension and estrangement among these three (possible and definite infidelities) and expands to encompass their friends, hookups, employees, and drug dealers.
One of the major strengths of this show is the love it gives to each of its characters. There are twelve, at last count, and each of their storylines is intriguing and well fleshed out. The episodes each run in the neighborhood of nine minutes, but there’s a lot of show packed into that brief time. The cast, which already won Best Acting Ensemble at iTVFest, very much hits its stride in these upcoming episodes – the chemistry is on point, and they’re given wonderfully meaty material to work with. One particular storyline, involving J’s dealer Junebug (Thai Edwards) and his son, played by Kevyn Richmond, is beautifully nuanced and deftly shifts in tone – from painfully and hilariously awkward to absolutely heartrending – from one moment to the next.
After all the sex and violence (and there’s plenty – might not be the safest thing to stream at work), this show, like those Big Topics it deals with, boils down to relationships – the battles we fight and compromises we make for those we love, the expectations we’re forced to adjust as we see the world more clearly, and the complicated allegiances of family, country, and self. It’s a hell of a ride, and I’m very much looking forward to the next twist.
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By Rachael Hip-Flores