Almost Family, This is the only question that comes to mind when I see Fox’s smiling nightmare of a new series in which an unpleasant crime is simply the backdrop of a particular family drama.
It is an extreme tonal dissonance in the most extreme sense. These are two extremely incompatible concepts that come together so little, resulting in a morally reprehensible drama that settles through the skin.
The premise: It is revealed that a rich and charming fertility doctor, Leon Bechley (Timothy Hutton), surreptitiously inseminated many of his patients with his sperm, an invasive and unthinkable crime for which we have no name. There is nothing “presumed” in Leon’s deeds, everything is established in the first episode with practical DNA tests.
Roxy is a mood.
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However, the goal of the series is not to correct the mistakes made by Beckley, nor to trace the consequences for the mothers he assaulted. Instead, the focus is on three of their descendants, one consensually and two who do not unite as “half-sisters”. Julia (Brittany Snow) is his only daughter with his wife. She works in her fertility center and has to bear the worst. Roxy (Emily Osment) is an Olympic gymnast in ruins, and Edie (Megalyn Echikunwoke) is a defense lawyer in an unhappy marriage whose mother is an old friend of Leon (which makes her even more disgusting than she is raped).
The revelations about their common father and the tumult of their personal lives bring the three women closer together. It also brings Roxy and Edie closer to Leon. Roxy practically loves him, becoming a loving father figure.
The producers of “Almost”, including the creator of “Friday Night Lights”, Jason Katims, insisted that the series speaks of an “unconventional family”. You can almost see the ghosts in a better way to do this show in the first two episodes of “Almost” (Wednesday, 9 EDT / PDT).
If the three women discovered that they shared the same sperm-donor father, for example, he could see an interesting story about what it means to meet an adult sister with mischief, uncomfortable social interactions, and messy family dinners. But it is not this series, which features three women who unite after a horrible rape. Inseminating a large population of women is an act fantasized by the famous accused of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein before he committed suicide in prison.
And although Leon is arrested for fraud and sexual assault, the series is not convinced of the seriousness of his actions. Hutton is an understandable and recognizable guy, and no one in his entourage, not his daughter, or even the two mothers who carried their genetic material without realizing it, seems horrified by what he did.
He’s just a special old man who was trying to help people and got a little carried away! It does not matter if you have followed the progress of your generation in a database such as a sociopath.
The problem with “Almost” is not that it is a serious crime, there are many good and excellent TV shows about criminal activity, but your world is completely unbalanced. No character acts in a realistic or relatable way. This type of revelation can destroy families and cause trauma. This is not a happy event because Roxy is very interested in coaching. It’s terrible, and the show just does not see it.
The writers of “Almost” can not understand the enormity of the story they tell. The series ignores at every moment the biggest implications of its premises, it’s frustrating and boring.
Some first-year series need time to get their legs back, but others should not have been done at all. If you want a program on an unconventional family, try “The Fosters” or “Big Love”. Just let “almost” slip into the abyss like so many strands of DNA hanging.