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When Marcus had that expensive sushi dinner with Kian in episode two, he briefly explained how Emily was the one holding her life together. She was a constant presence in his life for so long, a permanent fixture that rooted her firmly in the ground. And now he floats without knowing how to exist independently. The love – or attraction, at least – for his ex-wife may have worn off, but I think what he craves most is company. He needs someone to give him direction.
Not that this is exactly a healthy way of thinking. As we have already discovered through Marcus’ failed relationships after Emily, this man is not ready for a relationship. But it’s Love life, so if he’s going to sleep with someone as a temporary balm for his loneliness, so be it. Like a barnacle attaching itself to the first stable surface it comes in contact with, Marcus will gravitate towards the first person who even shows a hint of interest in him. (Honestly, good humor.) This week it’s Ola Adebayo (an outstanding Ego Nwodim), an aspiring playwright who hopes to step out of the local Houston theater scene.
They hit it off right away – even if their first conversation seems more polite than flirtatious, as with Mia (more on her later) – and they quickly fall into a relationship. As the narration explains, Marcus doesn’t feel the same intense and immediate attraction as with Mia, but he’s ready to let those feelings grow: âAlthough Marcus didn’t really feel the fireworks, he did. It is said that a spark was enough. Because a spark could eventually lead to a fire, while in his experience, fireworks had never led to an explosion. At this point, there is an interesting parallel between his budding relationship with Ola and his marriage to Emily. When Marcus confided in Yogi about his breakup with Emily, he mentioned that the “spark” was no longer there. The choice of the word seems important. Maybe Marcus falls into the same cycle of having a partner just to avoid being single.
In this same conversation with Yogi, his friend told him that love is work – it does not always come naturally but takes effort and persistence to keep it alive. Marcus follows this advice somewhat, compromising and being vulnerable (to a point) with Ola. But these compromises come at the expense of itself. It does not take long for Ola to offer her apartment as a refuge when hers is uninhabitable, then she completely gives up her lease, then she makes her house her own. Ola is the kind of spiritual person who has crystals and has a psychic (does not see, To). Maybe she lives next door to The Pattern and No Bones Day too. This is also seen in Marcus’ apartment – a plate of crystals sits on a table, and patterned tapestries are draped throughout. Then it rubs off on Marcus as well, resulting in the appearance of a showy belt which Ida and Yogi find ridiculous.
Once again, he falls back into the old ways that started with Emily, being in a relationship for the sake of having one, without the genuine feelings that come with it. The spark did not turn into fire. And when Marcus meets Mia again – the exploding fireworks – it snaps him out of his reverie. Your body tells you what the mind will ignore, and in Marcus’ case, it’s his cock that tells him he’s not in love with Ola. Maybe the biggest indicator he needs to break up with her is when he can’t play, so they do a rain check on sex for the next day. (This was, if you remember, something Marcus and Emily did too, although they delayed sex out of painful fatigue rather than lack of erection.) Marcus and Ola unsuccessfully experiment with sex to see if this will solve their problem, but deep down he knows this is happening because Mia will not leave his head. In a desperate attempt, he is caught knocking one out in the shower at the thought of Mia joining him in the water, and Ola instantly interrupts him. So this chapter ends with Ola.
As we approach the halfway point, it must be said that William Jackson Harper proves in every episode that he is a sensational romantic leader. He is so effortlessly charming and adept at capturing the vertigo of infatuation. You can practically smell the butterflies yourself every time he smiles at his phone. And it can be smooth too much; I’m going to think about how Marcus is so quick to establish that his invitation to have a drink was more than platonic for a while. I appreciate Love Life because it allows its protagonists to be complex, because its long trajectory of several years indicates when and how they find self-awareness to see what is wrong with their life and what needs to be. exchange. And with Harper in mind, he’s raising the hero of the romantic comedy. He is not only charismatic and endearing, but a real mess of a person who over time will grow and fix themselves.
â¢ I know I keep talking about Marcus’ lack of identity, but this episode takes place nine months after he visited his home, and he still hadn’t bought any furniture in all this time. Tell me that is not the sign of someone who does not know what he likes!
â¢ Trae Lang, the science fiction writer who refused to change his book, finally accepted Marcus as a publisher after he was caught selling books instead of writing them. At a time when Marcus was unsure of himself, taking Trae under his wing gave him an air of confidence that he cannot express with anyone else. This idea of ââMarcus having many facades keeps coming back.
â¢ Trae about her MFA classmate that was published: âShe wrote about a wealthy woman in domestic peril. You’re writing about a wealthy woman in domestic peril, the book is going to sell. The HBO flirtation!
â¢ I didn’t mind that flashy belt that Ola gave Marcus, to be honest – it’s cute!