CINEMA

DISCLAIMER: There are *HEAVY* spoilers in this review. If you don’t want to know any of the general plot plus some details in between, I suggest you watch and then come back!

 

 Episode ONE: “THE BEST YOU CAN BE”  FULL

As any normal show starts, we meet Miles (Paul Rudd) springing out of the ground from a grave in the woods. We jump back twenty-four hours prior. Miles is a copywriter but can’t seem to get his work done. His wife Kate (Aisling Bea) is starting to get fed up with him pushing back his fertility appointments. His coworker Dan (Desmin Borges) suggests he try out this “Top Happy Spa” that he claims cured his extreme shyness. With absolutely no other option to get happy, Miles goes to the spa where he forks up 50 grand and gets put out with some gas. He wakes up in a grave in the middle of the woods and returns home to find a literal clone of himself living his life. The two trace this weirdness back to the spa and confront the employees where they discover Miles was indeed cloned. 

 

My initial reaction to this episode is that the split screen looks marvelous. What I like about this episode is that it acts like a true pilot. The story gets going right away and we get a brief intro to our main characters simultaneously as the story moves along. The music, performances and direction nicely compliment each other leaving me stoked for what the next seven chapters have in store.

 Episode TWO: “MADE IN A STRIP MALL" FULL

THE FULL

  • Rudd’s ability to act against himself gives an organic dynamic to Miles and the clone. 

  • The design of the spa’s receptionist office is really pretty, yet kind of eerie at the same time. 

  • The scene where they go back to the spa to file their complaint is my favorite part. It’s badass.

 

THE SPILLED

  • Miles trusting this thing with his credit card and giving him all this access to personal info all willy nilly set my general anxiety ablaze. 

  • The clone’s impromptu pitch seemed a little too dramatic and I don’t think a room of people who do this for a living would buy that so quickly.

DEEP DIVE

Last episode we got Miles’s POV, this time we get the clone’s. If the rest of the series is going to go back and forth, while repeating stuff, I sense I’ll start getting bored. Kate being very standoffish to Miles’ behavior makes me assume Miles has been distant for a while. This also makes me wonder why nobody around him has asked him if he is okay. Just my two cents. The guy is clearly not having a good time. This episode overall was pretty funny and really showed the strengths of Rudd’s acting that I can only imagine is just the beginning.

 Episode THREE: “GREEN TEA" FULL

THE FULL

  • We discover the key differences between Miles and the clone.

  • The very last scene in TGIFriday’s is truly epic. I didn’t see it coming. 

  • Miles’s presentation mishap had me rolling.

 

THE SPILLED

  • Miles’ pitch is truly nothing spectacular so I don’t fully understand the drama with the Hillston guy or why his boss loves it so much.

  • I don’t buy that Miles would be THAT nervous during a pitch. If he’s been doin it this long, I would think he would be able to conduct himself better, whether it be his idea or not.

DEEP DIVE

I sense something evil about this clone. He very obviously wants to take over Miles’s life and takes enjoyment in his suffering. I think this episode is very important in distinguishing to Miles and the viewers what actually makes the clone objectively better than him.

 Episode FOUR: “SOUL MATE" FULL

THE FULL

  • Kate’s reaction is pretty realistic and quite entertaining. 

  • I’m glad Miles stood up for himself. 

  • I love how Maia is the most chill about the clone thing.

 

THE SPILLED

  • I feel like if the clone was really the “better” version of Miles, he would be smart enough not to sleep with certain people that would get Miles in deep shit. 

  • The clone going back to the spa felt really odd after he went crazy on them the last time.

DEEP DIVE

This one seemed to go by super quickly. I’m anxious to see the depths the clone will go to in order to get what he wants. There are some flaws starting to show up making me eager to see how much we learn about his human capacity. I foresaw the conversation between Kate and her two husbands coming, but I didn’t think we would see it this early.  It’s also a very important scene for Kate because we finally see her in a more honest tone. Her confrontation with Miles towards the end was gut-wrenching. The entire scene was so well written and performed, I actually felt for these people in this confusing and frustrating moment.

 Episode FIVE: “VA BENE" FULL

THE FULL

  • We get to see where the credenza comes from.

  • I love the B.C. (before cloning) bit.

  • Kate going off on the yuppie is probably my favorite part of the whole show.

 

THE SPILLED

  • The cold hearted nurse at the beginning was a little too brutal, even for my sense of humor. 

  • I find it bothersome that Miles picked out a house and used a very vulnerable moment in Kate’s life to set it up as if it’s her decision. It’s whack and the wrong time for impulse decision making after a trauma like that.

DEEP DIVE

Yes! We finally get a Kate POV. This was perfectly placed in the middle to give us a break from the Miles & Clone Show. It’s obvious in every episode she is having a hard time, but we get to explore that further. It’s definitely one of the sadder episodes. We learn how troubled Kate is and that she and Miles are thinking about themselves and not necessarily each other anymore.

 Episode SIX: “NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS" HALF

THE FULL

  • I like that Miles gets some redemption on the pitch debacle. 

  • The package at Miles’s doorstep produced some tense build up that really freaked me out for a hot second.

 

THE SPILLED

  • I don’t understand the guy in the bathroom or what he is talking about. 

  • Other Miles is really starting to irritate me and my evil theory is starting to feel correct.

  • How have the colleagues not put two and two together yet?

DEEP DIVE

Miles experiences a very satisfying win as he watches his clone’s grand ideas be ripped to shreds. In this much darker episode we also find out Miles isn’t the only one who knows his secret. Which I guess isn’t a shock since his whole office saw the both of them, but they appear to have forgotten about that. However, that’s all put to a halt as we end this one with a thrilling buildup + cliffhanger.

 Episode SEVEN: “PINA COLADA" FULL

THE FULL

  • The clone finally gets what he wants.

  • Kate has some excellent development. 

 

THE SPILLED

  • I honestly don’t know how he hasn’t gotten straight up fired. His office is unbelievable with how much they put up with. 

  • The rules of how the clone has experienced things vs memorized experiences doesn’t totally add up.

DEEP DIVE

A slower, but overall hilarious episode. Kate gets pulled back to reality as she realizes what she thinks she wanted is not at all what she needs. I love watching her change and grow through this madness. The clone bringing Dan to the woods is slightly terrifying yet so necessary and brilliant.

 Episode EIGHT: “NICE KNOWING YOU" FULL

Miles’s world is flipped upside down in more ways than one in this wild finale. Many things are tied up and stitched together in clever ways. Kate confesses some heartbreaking news to Miles while realizing that he is the one she really wants. The clone finally realizes that he can never be the real Miles. Miles realizes he should have killed the clone from the get-go. The two duke it out final boss style but end up coming together in the end with Kate on a seriously adorable cliffhanger. 

 

Functionality-wise I believe the show is split up pretty well. With the constant shifting POVs, I was getting overwhelmed at first as I blew threw 4 in a row. It’s not like they throw a lot at you, but I was able to process it better watching 2 at a time. However, there isn’t a distinct strategy to it. You can easily binge, with each one at about 22 minutes long, but the story might start to feel drawn out and repetitive that way. 

 

What I love about this series is that there’s no conclusion. It brings to life that idea we all have of what we imagine the better version of our self would be. The clone may have seemed perfect to Miles and even Kate. But as the story went on, you realize the clone is just as flawed as any other human. In this discovery, Kate and Miles are able to remember who they are as individuals and a couple. Every day we make choices that affect our lives and those around us whether those choices are selfish, impulsive, or even innocent. When you finally come to terms with that, it’s easier to accept that facing the consequences is just a part of living with yourself.

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    Written By Tiffany McLaughlin

Published: 12.10.19

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   Release: 2019

         Genre: Comedy. Drama.

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