Enjoy “Togetherness Season 2 Episode 1“Having said that, there are moments when Togetherness’s aches are achingly beautiful. Season 1 ended with Michelle (Melaine Lynskey) contemplating an affair with a man she met in her attempts to start up a charter school. The season had been leading up to this moment, where both Brett (Mark Duplass) and Michelle were fighting, drifting away from each other, and both looking for comfort outside of their marriage. As Michelle figures out her next move from a hotel in Sacramento, Brett takes a chance and drives from their home in L.A. to surprise her.
Here, Brett forgets (mostly) the drama and sadness at home, and so do we. It’s a lovely and necessary reprieve from what can feel like suffocating realness, which is both a good and bad thing. It’s good in that the Duplasses capture these real emotions so well, but what’s bad is that I don’t really want to suffer through them.What helps to dilute that a little bit is the relationship between Michelle’s sister Tina (Amanda Peet) and Alex, especially in early episodes where Alex appears to be a burgeoning TV star. The two parted in the Season 1 finale as Alex went to pursue the production in Louisiana, and Tina picked up her relationship against with Larry (Peter Gallagher), though it’s obvious the two are meant to be. Still, in between moments of friendship and flirtation, their petty bickering can be painful
The Duplasses do a wonderful job of creating truly joyous moments, and it’s not just because those moments are borne out of pain. In fact, much of the new season’s happiness and levity is whimsical and spur-of-the-moment (and the moments of sojourn, reverie, and revelry are visually sumptuous). They are earned as much as the sadness is, though their time is so much more fleeting. What’s left is that most of the dark, awkward, painful, naval-gazing realness of the rest of the season fosters less of a sense of universal togetherness, and more of a desire to retreat away completely. CBS