Behind Her Eyes is an intense watch because it explores heavy themes like obsession, drug abuse, psychological sickness, and lucid dreaming. It follows the story of married couple David (Tom Bateman) and Adele (Eve Hewson), who find yourself intertwined in a relationship with David’s coworker Louise (performed by Simona Brown). At first, it seems to be your very common TV storyline a few man in an sad marriage who cheats on his spouse and can not seem to cease himself. In a short time, although, you notice that there is extra to David and Adele’s marriage than meets the attention, and you start to fret about Louise and her involvement. Because it seems, that is for good purpose.
Whereas Louise and Adele develop an oddly snug friendship comparatively early on within the six-part sequence, you do begin to surprise if one way or the other Adele would possibly know that Louise is the one sleeping together with her husband when she’s not round. The 2 characters haven’t got a lot in widespread, with Adele being a wealthy housewife married to a psychiatrist and Louise being mentioned psychiatrist’s part-time assistant. So why else would Adele need to be so near Louise? For the primary few episodes, making an attempt to work out the place the fascination lies is admittedly thrilling. To see a personality like Louise, a single mother, go after what she desires and put her wants first, regardless of her life being dedicated to her son, was a nice shock. However when it got here to Adele’s character, I used to be determined to search out out what precisely was happening in her head, as a result of there’s one thing – you simply cannot fairly put your finger on it.
After I did discover out, although, I used to be severely disenchanted. The complete present hinges on the premise that Adele is actually her buddy Rob, who switched our bodies together with her by the artwork of lucid dreaming, a ability that Adele mastered having suffered from evening terrors. The largest questions of the present are all answered within the ultimate episode, which – though it positively succeeded at preserving me watching until the very finish – did make for a rushed rationalization that felt prefer it got here out of nowhere. All through the sequence, there are scenes of Adele discreetly utilizing heroin, which fits unexplained and due to that appears fairly random, and it is solely on the finish that you just notice that it is as a result of she was actually Rob all alongside. This is without doubt one of the solely refined clues that we get all through the present that Rob may very well be guilty for the weird marriage between David and Adele, and actually, it is not sufficient in my view.
We’re launched to Rob as Adele’s buddy from the psychiatric hospital, and for probably the most half, we’re satisfied that he has a crush on her. It is solely when Adele takes Rob house to fulfill her then-fiancé, David, that sparks start to fly, however even then, it takes some time to appreciate that it is David whom Rob actually wishes. Varied imprecise explanations of lucid dreaming come to a head whenever you see a flashback of Rob and Adele switching our bodies previously, and within the ultimate episode, you see Rob switching our bodies with Louise, too. You then notice that you have been watching Rob all this time. Rob meets Louise within the first episode, Rob comes house to David every evening, and (yep, you guessed it) Rob finally ends up marrying David once more on the finish, regardless of him wanting and sounding precisely like Louise. It is protected to say that by the tip of the present, I felt a little bit cheated.
It is an infuriating ending to an in any other case compelling story, and between David and Louise, I actually cannot determine who finally ends up worse off. On the one hand, you actually do really feel sorry for David for being so blissfully unaware that the 2 girls he is married in his lifetime have in precise reality been the identical man. On the opposite, you possibly can’t assist however mourn the lack of Louise as a personality as a result of, regardless of her potential and her relatability (just about the one character you possibly can relate to), she merely exists as a automobile for Rob to inform his disturbing story.
All in all, Behind Her Eyes is an intriguing watch at first, but it surely takes far too lengthy to essentially get going after which decides to pack a number of episodes’ value of rationalization into one uncomfortable (and, would possibly I add, far-fetched) ending, with out actually taking the time or the hassle to plant the seed of the story within the first place.
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