What shows are you binge-watching this summer? Here’s one I’m obsessed with: Gypsy on Netflix. And, coincidentally, as I’m writing this post, I’m realizing just how appropriate the word ‘obsessed‘ is when describing this roller coaster of a show.
Gypsy, dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as a slow-burning, psychosexual thriller, follows therapist and suburban mom Jean Holloway as her seemingly perfect life unravels when she becomes dangerously involved in her patients’ lives. I mean, we’re talking dangerous here, like teetering-on-the-edge-of-insanity dangerous. She gives herself a new name (hi, Diane!), a completely new backstory (umm, she’s a writer now!) and trolls the NYC bar scene after dark looking for excitement in the form of an equally unstable musician named Sidney (did I mention
Diane Jean is married and has a nine-year-old daughter?).
Yeah, the show is that crazy. But, like Jean searching for her next high (if you watch it, you’ll know that high is both literal and metaphorical…), I think that’s part of what makes it all so alluring and addicting.
Now, I’m not sure if the title of the series is meant to be symbolic — you know, like Jean’s a gypsy because she life hops and makes all these different identities for herself like some sort of gypsy nomad — but it all sizzles in the best possible way, leaving your mind to tango between fantasy and reality. What’s real? Can we construct our own reality? Can we ever really be whoever we want to be, life responsibilities be damned?
I do have one critique, though: Are we supposed to feel sorry for her? Because I sure as all heck don’t. Here’s a woman who ostensibly has a pretty good life, yet she’s still unhappy and basically feels sorry for herself throughout every single scene. It’s all too ironic that she’s not more self-aware, considering she is a therapist and all. I wonder what kind of treatment she’d suggest to herself if she were her own patient…
You can watch the entire first season now, and I’m crossing my fingers for a second season! Have you watched it, friends? What are you thoughts? Do you love Jean or just find her incredibly insufferable? Also, what shows are you binging this summer? xoxo