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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.
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