The Netflix original series “Gypsy” premiered on June 30 and after generally mixed reviews cancelled after one season. While Netflix has other top-notch shows such as “House Of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black,” cancelling “Gypsy” was a mistake.
Two-time Oscar nominee, Naomi Watts, was the star of the show playing Jean Holloway , a mysterious therapist that starts to cross legal and ethical boundaries with her patients and their problems. Throughout the first and now only season, Jean had trust issues with her husband, Michael (Billy Crudup). This stems from a troubled past and potential future thanks to Michael’s secretary (Melanie Liburd) who has been flirtatious as of late. Meanwhile their daughter Dolly (Maren Heary) appears to be struggling with gender identity at a young age, only increasing the drama around the Holloway household.
Other than her family, Jean listens to problems everyday for a living as a therapist in Manhattan. Her patients span with a variety of problems from breakups to drugs. As Jean attempts to guide them through their problems, they struggle to move on and adapt to the behavioral changes Jean suggests. As the 10-episode season progresses, there are fine lines that are crossed as she begins to act like some of her patients’ significant others as she becomes too immersed in their lives. For instance, Jean finds herself smoking and going to nightclubs because that’s what some of them do.
She develops a personal attraction to one of the patient’s ex-girlfriends, Sidney (Sophie Cookson) by meeting her under an alias with a completely different life. After being reeled in on the first glance, Jean’s character begins to change. This causes the viewer to question who to trust more: Jean, who is going to meet new people under new names, or Michael, who is suspected to be cheating on her with his young, attractive secretary.
“Gypsy” is strong in terms of suspense and exceeds at being a psychological thriller. One of the most prevalent themes is a mental emotional state of Jean and her patients. Some of them contemplate suicide while others are trying to run away. The viewer will find themselves at the edge of their seat as Jean goes to meet potentially dangerous people or as Michael attempts to resist any temptation. At times the viewer can’t tell if Jean will get caught doing something illegal or if she will get away with it.
For “Gypsy,” one of the glaring issues was execution. Creator and one of the main writers, Lisa Rubin, did her part by creating a story that should have had enough to draw the viewers in. A main downfall of the show was the fact that it didn’t have one director. The show featured five total directors. Four of those five were executive producers. Each one served as the director for only two episodes apiece. This can be problematic and in some cases lead to having conflicting opinions on where the show is headed and how each episode is different.
One of the main parts of the show is the lighting. All directors did a great job of execution with lighting whether it be in the day or the night. One thing is for sure, when it was night and Jean or Sidney were doing something suspicious, the lighting added drama and suspense to the scene in almost all instances. Jean’s attempt to hide a Face Time call with her unsuspecting daughter while in the dark nightclub is an example of this.
Despite Netflix cancelling the series, “Gypsy” is still a must-watch for anyone that enjoys a show that makes you think. It brings in topical problems like cheating in a relationship, gender identity issues and basic ethical principles like lying. Be ready to be left with a cliffhanger at the season finale.