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****WARNING: Possible TRIGGERS related to drug and sexual abuse.**** Otherwise, Patrick Melrose is excellent series! The first two episodes are somewhat complicated, chaotic, and surreal; the filmmakers chose to dramatically show or imply his difficult, lonely childhood into maladaptive adulthood via decade (or so) increments. This primarily "SHOW ME, Don't tell me" method is considered a superior form of filmmaking, as opposed to endless exposition or narration (verbose explanations). As the story progresses, the quality of such technique reveals itself. Patrick's thought processes, and way of "surviving" life are on display. From episodes #3-5, we get the detailed and character driven story from past timelines and present day activities. Direction, dialogue, and cinematography are all top-notch for an HD TV show. These three episodes clear up any confusion the first two *may have* instigated for some people (not myself, I understood its symbology). Everything becomes clear by the end. No missing links, plot holes, or unanswered questions. Ultimately a very satisfying conclusion and compelling series...for those who WON'T TRIGGER negatively, of course. There are some people who should pass on this series, ****especially if the viewing would set back their recovery or bring forth the pain for which one is not quite ready.**** Even though the subject matter is difficult for just about anyone with a shred of empathy, this intense series scored a strong 4.5 out of 5.0 for us...since not all "memoirs" that deal with the ugliest forms of child abuse are so brutally honest about the victim's (author's) own mental status while adapting to the screen successfully.
Season 2 is an excellent season!! While some final circumstances are sad (yet realistic for TV), the finale leaves next-to-no questions. Really done well - bravo! The Baptiste character is terrific...here's hoping his surgery is considered a success and we see him in Season 3...after all, he did count down to three in French. ;)