6 Marriages, 13 Stories.
Written By: Alexis Ryan Britt,
Directed By: Alexis Ryan Britt
You know? I've always found it interesting listening to peoples love stories. Especially stories of relationships from people who are actually living them, presently. Stories of "how I met your Mother/Father" have always been, for me, a simple fun form of entertainment. From the start, these stories have been reminding various family members and friends that yes! We had a start and haven't just always been this way. The really interesting ones always involve slightly different relationship aspects that have been overcome; but let's not forget the warm feeling we get when the story involves long-time couples and partners. These teeny narratives almost always show light at the end of a potentially long tunnel, and give hope to those of us who haven't found that special person, or persons. "My Other Half" strives to demonstrate all of the above aspects in an entertaining way... and it succeeds. From slightly unusual to deeply familiar, this episodic series navigates through some good stories and even helps answer some common questions along the way. Alexis Ryan Britt beautifully captures some surprisingly touching moments, while touching up on some interesting topics. A real pleasure to watch.
The technical side of "My Other Half" is pretty much on par with anything you'll see on network television. I'm not talking about scripted dramas and whatnot, I'm referring to reality based docu-dramas. If you came across this title while channel searching it would look completely at home. You'd probably never guess this was a web based indie series. As much as writing the above is a compliment, it's also a hindrance. There's really not much here to actually capture and draw "new" viewers in. If one knows about this show, and it's what they're looking to watch, "My Other Half" is a clear winner. However, anyone who just happens upon it, and gives it only a few minutes... may just flip past. The problem is that so much content exists now-days that in order to break out of the immediate indie world, a series really has to have something special to draw in new viewers. That simply doesn't exist here. I'm not writing that this can't be a successful series, not by any means. It's good. Really good. With some clever marketing, "My Other Half" could do amazing things! I'm simply saying that anyone who just happens on the show, may not give it a chance. Something to spice it up would have done wonders! Some animations, humor or even sketches mixed in with the series could have done amazing things. Doing so costs lots of money however, we all know that. It would also require a load of additional writing and present a new set of problems. Mainly in the form of adding elements that would "not" take away from the main theme itself. Still however, it would have been cool to see.
As you've probably guessed from my score up top, I really enjoyed this little venture into other peoples personal, behind closed doors kind of business. It was great to see different dynamics and relationships, and even have a few universal questions answered along the way. The reality is that even if my relationship differs from yours, there is still one universal set of rules that really ties everything together. Do I really need to write down what that is? If you, yourself don't know the answer... why not give "My Other Half" a shot when you can. You may just find what you need.
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