‘Sex/Life’: Sarah Shahi’s Billie is the Most Selfishly Horny Character in TV History

Sex/Life premiered on Netflix over the weekend, introducing us to a torrid love triangle for the ages. Sarah Shahi performs Billie in the sequence, a wonderful, bored housewife who longs for the sexual satisfaction she bought from a nasty boy ex. Things in Billie’s life explode when her scorching husband Cooper (Mike Vogel) discovers Billie’s journal at nearly the actual second that former flame Brad (Adam Demos) comes again into her life. Sex/Life is chock filled with graphic intercourse scenes, soiled fantasies, and heartbreaking hookups. It’s additionally devoid of any actual character growth. Sex/Life‘s main girl Billie may need the doubtful honor of being the most attractive character in TV historical past.

Created by Stacy Rukeyser, Sex/Life tells the story of a girl who seemingly has all of it, besides an orgasm on demand. Not content material along with her doting husband (as a result of he’s vanilla in the bed room) or her lifeless vibrator (Billie, improve to one thing with a USB port charger and by no means have to fret about lifeless batteries once more!), Billie fixates on reminiscences of her wild nights with wealthy Aussie Brad. Billie vents her frustrations in a journal which her husband instantly reads. Horrified to find his spouse likes tough intercourse, Cooper takes her onerous in the kitchen and instantly feels disgrace. Still, it’s not sufficient for Billie. She runs away to the metropolis solely to stumble in on her finest buddy hooking up with…Brad.

Now you’d suppose that this could be the good arrange for a passionate love triangle, that Sex/Life is brimming with pressure and heartache. The downside is none of the characters are three dimensional individuals. Cooper is a go well with, dedicated to spouse and household, and emasculated by the implication that he doesn’t measure up. Brad is a smoldering tease with Daddy points. Other characters are mere clichés: Caroline the uptight, judgmental housewife, Trina, the slutty housewife, Sasha, the liberated profession woman. However the worst offender in this parade of paper dolls is Billie herself. She has no character traits past wanting sexual pleasure — and happiness in each kind — all the time, in any respect prices.

Sex/Life
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Now am I mad that Billie’s attractive? Of course not. I’m mad as a result of that’s all she is. She theoretically desires to return to grad college — and does — however that is filmed much less like a second of private development than dwelling out a picture of who she desires to be. She’s torn between her life with Cooper and the intercourse she had with Brad as a result of she appears enchanted with the guidelines of qualities Cooper affords her. He’s good, form, wealthy, and a great individual, i.e. the form of trophy husband she ought to need. She’s not essentially hooked, although, on their chemistry. No, that’s Brad’s function in her life story. But he can’t supply her the stability she craves. She’s additionally a extremely unhealthy buddy. No, significantly, she masturbated to a FaceTime of Brad having intercourse with Sasha with out getting Sasha’s consent. (THAT’S AWFUL!)

Sex/Life thinks it’s asking a deep query: what’s extra necessary for a lady’s happiness? An excellent life or nice intercourse. Sex/Life’s central query mockingly diminishes the freedom of its main girl by suggesting that it needs to be one or the different. Moreover, it skirts round an actual resolution to Billie’s quandary. Namely, an open marriage. (But judging by how Billie actually didn’t like how Cooper loved himself at that intercourse occasion they consensually went to collectively, methinks Billie solely desires an open relationship for herself…)

Billie and Cooper having sex in Sex/Life
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Ultimately Sex/Life Season 1 ends with Billie trying to have each nice intercourse with Brad and a great life with Cooper. After combating to avoid wasting her marriage with Cooper, she leaves with out telling him to have intercourse with Brad. She even tells Brad that their intercourse modifications nothing and she or he received’t surrender Cooper. However she doesn’t inform Cooper this, constructing the basis for a second season of betrayal, heartache and angst. It’s simply nonsensical and irritating and assumes that the character has realized nothing. Which tracks since exterior her need to have all of it, she is nothing.

In essence, Billie is only a character who yearns. She is a vessel gobbling up sensations with out feelings hooked up to them. This may very well be fascinating if the present was keen to deal with her with a sharper lens. Instead, we solely see the world by way of Billie’s perspective, which is shockingly flat contemplating we’re aware of her interior monologue.

Billie may not have the most intercourse on TV, however she has bought to be the single most sexually-obsessed character on TV. That’s as a result of wanting intercourse is the solely fascinating factor about her. Ironically, Sex/Life is a present that might be loads hotter if its characters appeared to stay actual lives.

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