In Treatment Season 2 is a wonderful continuation of a series that completely grips me. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was compelled to watch the entire season to the end. Although comprised of fictional characters, I feel like I'm truly peering into the private sessions of patients that are dealing with difficult issues such as cancer, divorce, old age and the meaning of life. Much more real than the Reality TV we see every day.
The acting in the series is sublime. With the camera pushed in close, actors don't have any room for fake or forced performances. Each one seems to be completely consumed by their characters flaws and fears. The situations are so insightful that I find myself examining my own life and decisions.
Taking place almost entirely in the therapist's office, the director might choose to ignore the camera. That didn't happen. Each shot seems perfectly panned and cropped to focus on the emotions of the patient.
Some of the actors are quite young and I find it incredible that they can act with such fidelity. They are likely playing parts they haven't ever experienced in their own lives, but their performances resonate in each scene.
I rushed to move through Season 2 so I was ready for Season 3. Let's hope it is as good as 1 and 2.
What is it with HBO making shows that totally go against my moral and ethical standards, yet draw me in so completely that I sit and watch episodes for hours on end? In Treatment has a very weird concept- at least 90% of the show takes place within the confines of a therapy appointment. On Sunday nights, we watch two individual therapy appointments. On Monday- three. The main character, and the one who ties the entire show together, is Paul- our therapist. The problem … more