By: Leslie Alston
We’ve visited New York and we’ve been to LA, but we’re touching down in Chicago in Netflix’s new original series Easy. In the magical land of television, writer and director John Swanberg has created an authentic world of perfect and almost perfect relationships. In similar fashion to the viral hit High Maintenance, which was recently picked up by HBO and turned into a 30-minute series, viewers are introduced to new characters every episode. Easy focuses on a diverse set of people navigating through their hardships in a major metropolitan, which frequently come to a close with a very simplistic resolution.
Easy is booming with talent featuring Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Dave Franco, and Jake Johnson -just to name drop a few, who find themselves tangled in this collection of relationships. In a series that introduces new characters each episode, it’s nice to see characters from previous episodes make an appearance in later episodes as well. In fact, it’s one of the best qualities of the show because it allows you to have a small reminder of that character and the previous struggles that come with love that they overcame or brought them later success.
Beyond having a nice diverse cast, Easy adds a secret bonus in episode four which is mainly in Spanish so for those frequently trying practice their Spanish or those who have already finished all of season 2 of Narcos, this episode will be a pleasant treat for you.
Easy tries to portray a true picture of happiness with just a couple of rainy days that bring a bright rainbow to your point of view on sex, relationships, and technology. The series really hits its mark in episode five starring Marc Maron and Emily Ratajkowski, yes the beautiful vixen who made her film debut in the thriller Gone Girl. Episode five solidifies the reoccurring theme of you trip, you fall, you get back up and walk to the train. In this episode you have a very relatable battle between an older generation and a millennials perspective on the idea of point of view, oversharing and the important role technology plays in their lives.
The series ending is a bit abrupt, but I guess when you’re binge watching eight episodes you find yourself always wanting more.
Easy is a show about true blue honest love and relationships. And it’s nice to watch.