On the verge, they have made, written and directed by Julie Delpy, trying to see forty-forty something trying to reclaim the lives they expect before family, work and other commitments to block. It should be a unique view of how women handle their middle-aged crisis; They did not go buy a sports car like a man who might be done but approached or passed a half-century sign still blaring them.
“Almost two months earlier” (also the episode’s name), Justin (Julie Delpy):
A famous cook who writes cookbooks, has trouble finding a body cavity to describe a hole ripped from an object. After all, he has to go to a birthday dinner for his friend Jasmine (Sarah Jones). She asks her husband Martin (Mathieu Demi) if he likes her dress; minimized in his usual way, he told her to put a jacket on him.
We also saw two other members of this friendly group, who all lived in Los Angeles before the pandemic, getting ready. Anne (Elizabeth Shu) draws in her notebook while her family plays while Elle (Alexia Lando) has to scrape small pieces to buy a bouquet of odourless roses. At dinner, Elle tells about the “meeting” that continued with Justin’s boss Jerry (Giovanni Ribisi). She talks to him about how she will fall apart as a single mother of 3 teens/teenagers of 3 different boys and will break up. He gave her a ghost, just as she gave him a blank check to help him. But the way Elle tells the story, one breeds the other.
When Justin confronted Jerry about this, of course, he was telling the truth.
And that he wasn’t even going out there with his sex addiction. Yasmine, meanwhile, tries to return to work after twelve years. As the mother of her son Orion (Jaden Haynes-Starr). And panics when the human staff says she is too skilled and too old for him. When she returns, she drops her husband William (Tim Sharp) and runs to the beach.
Ann, remembering Yass’s dramatic tendencies when the three of them met her at a New Year’s Eve party in 2000, calls Justin and Elle to find her. Anne comes first, and Yas tells her that she wants to be the engaged black and Persian woman before Orion.
Delpy created and wrote On The Verge; He also directed the first episode and four other episodes in the 12-part season. The goal of creating the show is to find out how these four women are in their 40s and early 50s. All in different places in life, try to return to the life they imagined. But what came out were four characters that were less connected than Delpy might have wanted.
We came out of the camp saying characters have to be good to connect with.
But the fact that these four women are so uncomfortable hurts the story of the show. However, the story feels pretty shaky in the first episode as well, and feelings suddenly shift. Like when Yasmin melts to the point where she thinks she’s submissive — if not empathetic — to her husband killing the marriage. This was a real turning point in life, of course, but I felt I didn’t belong here for some reason.
But now there’s nothing about these four characters. And we don’t know anything about Shu An’s character at the end of the episode – that makes us want to keep watching. They feel like cartoons, and there’s nothing in the story. That makes them seem overworked, perhaps because there’s no actual screenplay created.
On The Verge is so fragmented in its storytelling and so visible in its character development. That it keeps us from watching another episode. And it’s tough for a show that includes Delpy and Shue.