My wife and I were between shows, so when I saw the addition of Easy to Netflix and read the description, I thought we’d try it, especially because it’s only eight episodes and less than thirty minutes per episode.
It’s an anthology series with the city of Chicago as the common setting of the characters. Each episode, for the most part, focuses on different people. Some of these men and women bleed into other characters’ stories, some appear only once. Some are married, some are lovers, some are family, and some aren’t initially connected at all.
This show is absolutely character and relationship driven. I personally found the complexities of the relationships authentic, and that’s where much of the comedy derives. People, especially couples, are strange, and this show has no fear exploring the characters’ singularities.
Because each installment ends on an ambiguous note, I think short story lovers will particularly enjoy Easy. There is a great deal of interpretation required. In fact, each episode is very much like a short story in that characters are introduced quickly, conflicts arise, change occurs, and then the plot is mostly, if not always clearly, concluded. And though lots of information is conveyed in a brief amount of time, the episodes always feel evenly paced, organic, and patient.
I particularly appreciated how honest many of the scenes felt. To some of them my wife and I could very much relate, others made us gasp in horror. All of it felt well within the realm of possibility, even if not always our reality. The characters in Easy are very real … I’m willing to bet you know a few of them.
It’s not all perfect, though. I haven’t researched how much of this show is scripted and how much is improvisation, but there were many times when the actors rambled and seemed unsure of what they were supposed to say next. If they were going for a realistic, conversational tone, they missed the mark. When this occurred the actors appeared as though they either didn’t know what they should say next, or that they were trying too hard to convey that they didn’t know what to say next.
Easy is poorly rated on Netflix, which I don’t understand. I rate it very highly. The emotional resonance, character authenticity, humor, and loosely related episodes drew me in and kept me interested.
Just be aware that some of the episodes get a little naughty, especially the Orlando Bloom piece. Put the kids to bed before you make it Easy.