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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.
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.
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.
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