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Taken just as two different versions of the one story, The Affair would be intriguing, but the show adds a third layer to all this.
As much as we'd like to let the story wash over us and let us be passive viewers, that's clearly not the intent. You have to be engaged with this story in order for it to work for you.
The Affair clings to that old trope until half-way through, when the narrative switches perspectives to the female point of view. This is where the story gets interesting.
With only one, tantalizing episode to go on, it's perhaps too soon to know if The Affair will live up to the promise shown in the pilot. But the first episode is intriguing and unsettling enough to inspire confidence.
The Affair's first episode does a great job of setting the tone for the whole series.
Everything to do with Noah's in-laws was so sort-of-awful it was wonderful.
It's fitting, then, that the first glimpse we get of the main character (played to perfection by Dominic West) is of him swimming... His perfect form emulates nearly everything that he's going to tell us during the first half of the premiere episode.
As my colleague Alessandra Stanley put it in her excellent review of the show last week, "The Affair" dazzles by mining something mysterious out of the banal.
The Affair's opening episode asks more questions than it answers, but it explores a side of cognitive behavior and unreliable narratives in ways that are new and novel for TV.
This dual perspective is a tricky line to walk, especially when it is tied to a risky device like a season-long mystery to unravel, but at least in the pilot it is managed with extreme grace.