When I heard about the new show, Flack, all I knew was it was something to do with publicity and had Anna Paquin in it. Based on that, I thought, “Didn’t we see this a few months ago with Piper Perabo?” And some other versions too? I predicted cancellation. Now that I’ve seen the first episode, I’m going to go with the same prediction, but for different reasons.
The show kicks off with Anna’s character, Robyn, totally dropped in the crapper. Her client is in a hotel room with a gay sex partner, they’ve been doing heavy drugs, and the partner is unconscious on the floor. She’s there trying to revive him while the client is freaking out. Drugs everywhere, alcohol everywhere, the two guys are naked, and Robyn is keeping it all under control and handling the situation. In other words, demonstrating she has her sh** together.
Then you see the rest of her life — she’s dealing with the anniversary of her mother’s suicide that her and her sister feel guilty about, her sister has the husband and 2.2 kids and serves as contrast to her crazy life, and you see her flitting through the day while her sister goes back to dealing with kids. Another client is about to be outed for having an affair, even though his reputation is squeaky-clean family guy, and Robyn works through whatever helps the client, even proposing a distraction by having the wife go for a mammogram and give the press a different story to write about.
Meanwhile, Robyn has sex with a client, is doing drugs all day, and at the end of the long hectic day, you find out she has a husband or boyfriend at home who works in an ER and is apologetic about having smoked some weed at the house. So obviously they don’t know much about each other’s life, meanwhile he’s trying to get her pregnant and is following her ovulation cycle on his phone.
The show is an absolute sh** show. Robyn’s life is a depressing mess; her sister’s is a cliché; her boss is a nutbar; and she has a close friend at work who is superficial and flighty/flaky. The only two people in the entire show the least bit interesting are (a) the sister, not for the character but rather the actress (Genevieve Angelson), and (b) an innocent intern who can act as the fish out of water foil to see how she reacts to the chaos at the firm.
But I don’t care about any of them, or what happens to them, or what doesn’t. It’s just depressing.
The only reason to watch is if you like train wrecks.