Sharing My “I Love Dick” Amazon Prime Review

I Love Dick Logo- Series On Amazon Prime (we giggle each time at the name)

Hello Everyone!

I got cozy, in my lounge wear, and sat down with my co-host and best friend Melissa yesterday for a day of tv watching on Sunday. We watched a variety of things since the weather was rainy and dreary in nature. Melissa suggested that we dedicate some of our time to watching Season 1 of “I Love Dick” for eight episodes. The show stems from the novel, that was written by Chris Kraus. The first season was released May 12, 2017. This show was created by the hands of Joey Soloway and Sara Gubbins. On the surface, it appears that the show followed an artsy couple as they embark on a crazy and humorous journey to finding success as Indy film makers in Texas. The title of the season sounds so catchy so I agreed. Melissa and I both think the only good thing about the show IS the title!

Once I dived into each episode, I ran into a wide variety of emotions. For many episodes, I felt like constantly cringing, saying “WTF” to myself often, or feeling awkward on behalf of the main characters in the series. Despite the many cringe moments, we did share quite a few laughs after their antics. It appears that it was cancelled after Season 1. Honestly, we both can understand why since we both considered it to be VERY weird. We both believe that it goes way against the grain of what is normally on tv. On one hand, that is refreshing to not be again subjected to a cookie cutter show. A new sense of adventure is enticing to watch. One the other hand, I felt like it was crazy drama on a high scale. Most certainly far more crazy than I could imagine tolerating in my personal life. Here is a my brief overview of the show.

It didn’t take long for me to determine that the main woman, named Chris Kraus, was absolutely batshit crazy!! Somehow, she managed to marry an older, more calm gentleman named Sylvere Lotringer. We gathered that Sylvere is an artsy guy and got wrapped into Chris for the crazy, kinky sex. Perhaps in the beginning, the relationship was exciting and kept him on his toes. Over time, her antics became overwhelming and seeped into his career in a sabotaging manner. According to the story, she had gotten sick and he married her to put her on his insurance policy. Boy! Now that was a dumb move on Sylvere’s part! It appeared that Chris had some terribly boring film creations. Sadly, she wasn’t self aware enough on the reality of her work. She was convinced that her hard work should be award winning and not painfully obscure in nature. Perhaps, deep down, Chris was jealous of her husband’s rising success. The odd couple were from New York City- go figure (cue my sarcastic laugh)! The couple temporarily shifted to stay in Marfa, Texas so that Sylvere could work on a research fellowship with his sponsor, named Dick (played by Kevin Bacon). I must say that I found Dick to be an interesting character.

Upon Chris initially meeting Dick at a party, there was instant chemistry. Chris mentioned her husband to Dick and he backed down with his interest. However, this encounter caused Chris to develop an absolute obsession with Dick! Chris then went into a tailspin and developed a series of love letters written out to Dick. She shared that she didn’t want to have an actual encounter with Dick for fear of ruining the fantasy. Chris then developed a box and had the letters delivered to Dick so he can read them for himself. The initial development of the letters had given Sylvere a voyeuristic impression that turned him on. In this process, the odd couple breaks their intimacy drought. His feelings shifted from arousal to straight embarrassment upon discovery that Dick actually received the letters. This young person, we couldn’t define as a man or woman, intercepted one of the letters and brought it to the person’s own social circle. That social circle consisted of a bunch of unusual side characters that somewhat fed off of Chris with their own artistic renditions. It appeared that they were all using Chris as a muse. It seemed to give them a sense of community and gave them something to do in their small town. In our opinion, each one of these characters were super odd and added to the crazy dynamics that consists of the flow of the series.

From the point of delivery, it felt like the crazy theme totally spiraled out of control in a variety of different directions. Chris put Sylvere in an incredibly awkward position with his fellowship. The man was mortified how Chris conducted herself with this obsession!! Eventually, they parted ways out of sheer frustration and brokenness. After all, Chris plastered hundreds of copies of the Dick love letters all over the small town. Both Dick and Sylvere got together to share their feelings about the swirling chaos over a bottle of booze. Both men felt embarrassed and powerless that they could not stop or shut down the chaotic drum of nonsense. Sylvere suggested to Dick to have a romantic encounter with Chris. The objective was to diffuse the bomb of obsession. I felt bad for Sylvere that he looked absolutely defeated and broken by this point. He felt like Chris was out there sabotaging his career in the pursuit of her obsession. I am sure he felt that whatever success he was on track to achieve, Chris managed to shatter it with her antics. There was a moment where both Dick and Chris finally got together for the encounter. This was after some yelling and screaming between the odd couple upon the discovery of the men plotting how to “end” the obsession.

Dick ends up romancing Chris to the point of contact only to be met with a handful of menstrual blood. Melissa said that if she was smart enough, she would have dragged Dick into the shower, banged him, and watched the “murder scene” go down the drain! Of course I howled in laughter upon listening to her muse on the end scene! Both Melissa and I shrieked at the point of that bloody revelation!! By this point, we felt like we were watching soft porn for many points during the series. Things have sure changed on what things are permitted to be shown on the big screen over the years! The creators were were a “fluffer” and an under carriage scene away from being a pornographic movie for goodness sakes!! The end scene was the most disgusting and odd scene by far I have witnessed. I do not feel a sense of female empowerment while watching Chris was away with menstrual blood dripping down her leg. Perhaps the end scene was for shock purposes? Yikes on how bold a series must become to keep the attention of the audience! She looked like a hot mess, totally out of control, and no where near a role model or muse to follow in admiration. Melissa and I want to know where is her girlfriend to tell her she was acting like a straight lunatic? She needed a best friend to try to coach her off the edge of the cliff. Perhaps her madness was too much and drove any good friend away?

Let me know what you think of this train wreck? I sure hope the budget was not large for this waste of time. However, the series had enough shock value in it for us to continue watching. Kevin Bacon did play an interesting role in this flick. Dare we say that he was the most “normal” character in the entire series? This was most definitely a retirement project for him. He is at the stage in life where he could risk his career on this mess of a show. Did you get sucked into the “I Love Dick” vortex? What are your thoughts on the characters? The story line? I sure hope that small town of people in Texas are not pissed off with the depiction of their town? Melissa and I do get drawn to odd yet very funny story lines so it make sense why we stuck around to the end. I love to get me a laugh at weird stuff so this series fit the bill. As always, in a sea of content, I am thankful that you stopped by. If this show impacted you from a different culture, I would love to hear the feedback. I wish you a decent Monday and the rest of the week!

Cheers!

Leslie M. Jasper

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