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UnREAL Season 1 Episode 1 Review: “Return” | TVOM

TVOM: "UnREAL is not a show that operates in subtleties; the first image of its main character, reality show producer Rachel Goldberg, sees her crammed in a limo at the feet of women in elaborate gowns, wearing a shirt that says “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like.” But UnREAL is not a show designed to work in subtle ways, nor should it: this is not just a satire on reality television, but a scathing examination of the human cost of producing “great” shows like The Bachelor and the like. It’s as loud with its philosophies as something like The Newsroom, with the trashy, slightly goofy undertones of Nip/Tuck (itself a parody of sorts of reality shows, even becoming one in later seasons) – and while it seems like that blunt attitude would sell it short, it turns out to be UnREAL‘s greatest skill, challenging the viewer by taking its story to the most uncomfortable (if predictable) places. It may not be a blueprint for a lasting series, but as a pilot, UnREAL is a master of its form."

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