In the third season of love, Judd Apatow ends Mickey and Gus ’sentimental wanderings, two thirty things pretty much falling apart. Or when it’s over is growth small.
Knowing how to finish a series is a difficult art, with almost crazy stakes. Satisfying those who watch it along with the people who do it; ending a story whose originality lies in the ability to embrace our lives without setting a release date, that’s the challenge. The invention of the end-of-series has become relatively recent on the scale of entertainment history.
For decades, no one knew when an adventure story began or when it would end. The unpredictable is part of the deal. The television cemetery is flooded with series that stay on the air for a long time, or on the contrary stop in the middle of flying at the demands of viewers of a rude broadcaster.
An unexpected size
The advantage of the ongoing changes – due to the advent of streaming platforms – is that we can no longer ignore that the series deserves a real release. For the love of art? Not really. So that Netflix, Amazon or Hulu subscribers have enough to fill their more or less long sessions on indulgence-watching. Giving them stories with the same beginning, middle, and end is just a matter of basic industry common sense.
But, last year, Netflix refuted this evidence by cutting two very expensive products, Greetings8 and The Humiliationstill gives the premiere a proper final episode – always awaited by fans.love received more gentle treatment. The third season of this recently put on the internet is designed as a finale. This decision, which was not denied by lead producer Judd Apatow, gave it an unexpected magnitude.
The series installs the union of Mickey and Gus as a kind of miracle of movement, a strange attraction that hangs on a thread, almost incomprehensible from the outside.
As a reminder, this Los Angeles -based romantic comedy tells the love story between two unequal lovers. Mickey (Gillian Jacobs, ex-community) is the producer of a radio show, pretty pretty for the ungrateful Gus (Paul Rust, co-creator of love), his new girlfriend who dreams of writing screenplays. She attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as she tries to survive despite having almost zero talent for social interaction.
During its first two seasons, the series installs their unity as a kind of miracle of movement, a strange attraction that hangs on a thread, almost incomprehensible from the outside. The generation of thirty objects was found, together You are the Worst and the end times of Women (also produced by Judd Apatow), a way of digging into his collective tics and his sentimental-sexual wanderings.
Nothing has changed
This third season makes the paradoxically inflated bet to continue. When we saw Mickey and Gus, almost nothing had changed. They even learned what it means to love each other without the “chemistry” at work. We learned in the course of a dialogue that they had known each other for a few months.
While the upload gap between each season is almost a year, love will only last a little in the middle of the fictional year. This method of stretching the time gives each stage of the final period a particular intensity, a palpable tension even if the principle of the series consists in not sweeping beyond the prohibitions of daily life.
The most extreme stages are when lovers realize how much, at this stage in life, the responsibilities of one or the other begin to matter.
In this context of slow emergency, every response is important, even the most sacred, every scream game can be the end. The most extreme stages are when lovers realize how much, at this stage in life, the responsibilities of one or the other begin to matter. This is where the series joins Judd Apatow’s broader work, which often features characters going through an important moment (teenagers freaks and geeks on 40 years of User Guide) and not knowing how to shed their old skin.
“We’re trying to grow”, says Mickey in the last erroneously calmed episode of the series, giving the user manual of its existence but also of fiction. For love, accepting that his characters will grow means to disappear. A real act of love.
time of love 3 on Netflix