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(2008) N/A (N/A) (0) PAID * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "This unconventional TV series follows a therapist, Paul (Gabriel Byrne), whose patients are steadily becoming more than he can handle. Each have their dark secrets, hidden traumas, and violent battles raging within. Among them are Laura (Melissa George), who has fallen in love with Paul; Alex (Blair Underwood), an Iraq veteran reexamining his life; Sophie (Mia Wasikowska), a suicidal teenager; and Jake and Amy (Josh Charles and Embeth Davidtz), a picture-perfect couple whose relationship is in jeopardy. This first season finds Paul returning to therapy himself, with an old colleague, Gina (Dianne Wiest), helping him come to terms with his mounting professional dilemmas. Like a series of one-act plays, most of the show's dialogue-heavy episodes take place within the confines of Paul's office. During its original broadcast schedule, each patient "was seen" on a different night, five nights a week, offering viewer's a unique experience for following their development. This collection presents the drama's complete first season." (Actually, the 3 discs here contain the first 15 episodes; the next 28 episodes require 2 more requests - for Discs 4-6, and finally, for Discs 7-9) CONSENSUS: "Another in a long line of brilliant HBO productions." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: Neal Justin of the Startribune had given it, like many of the HBO series, a glowing review. My only hesitation was the time commitment (43 half hour episodes). MY THOUGHTS: I'm hooked (gulp), so it looks like more time commitment for the future. The sturdy anchor, therapist Gabriel Byrne - with a fractured marriage, a malpractice suit, questions of an ethical breach involving a patient - engages the viewer completely. Each case makes one want to follow it to its conclusion. A must see if you have the time. (I hear that season two is even better). [New Purchase by HCL]
posted Jul 20, 2009 at 7:38AM
62triplet said:
16 Jul 09 - Gabriel Byrne in fine form in another addictive (for viewer) HBO series. Review at **** ****
posted Dec 19, 2009 at 12:12AM
62triplet said:
15 Aug 09 - It tends to place the viewer as a fly on the wall, watching fascinating "therapy."
posted Dec 19, 2009 at 12:20AM
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