AVClub: Catastrophe works because it’s able to transpose these very normal couple problems onto an extraordinary situation. Sharon and Rob are forced into intimacy by unexpected pregnancy, but in a way, that happens in every relationship. We go from being a party of one, to being two almost instantly and there are certainly speed bumps when it comes to learning how to dedicate time together. The opening scene, where Sharon asked Rob to leave so she could lounge on her own bed, by herself, with her full closet entirely intact was incredibly real. There’s a discomfort in forced intimacy when solitude is what is sought. Rob doesn’t have a life outside of Sharon. He’s in a new place with no friends and so he clings to the one familiar thing he has: her. And it’s driving her crazy.