Netflix's 'Love' comes to a wholesome end
Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor
For two seasons now, audiences have watched the dysfunctional relationship between Mickey and Gus unfold. After years of seeing fights, tears and AA meetings, their story has come to an end. Now, for “Love’s” final season, the couple explores monogamy with all of its ups and downs.
The Netflix original series, “Love,” released its final season on March 9. Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) and Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) began their relationship as strangers. Mickey, addicted to alcohol, love and sex, meets wannabe screenwriter Gus, who teaches child actors on the set of a fictional TV show, “Wichita.”
A couple of months after Gus and Mickey decide to give monogamy and sobriety a try, they find that relationships are more difficult than they seem. Unlike previous seasons, filled with mood swings, this time all fights are justified in their own way, giving the viewer a better way to connect with the characters.
Now Gus struggles with directing his own movie script while Mickey successfully produces a radio show. As the two go through the ins and outs of their jobs, they also learn a lot about each other’s past. Mickey struggles with jealousy while Gus becomes self-aware regarding his anger issues.
Jacobs and Rust do their roles justice, shining a light on the most unlikeable things about their characters. Each character, including Mickey’s roommate Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty) and her boyfriend, Randy (Mike Mitchell), are written in a way that is both infuriating and endearing. This character writing makes “Love” more approachable and hysterical, as every viewer can relate to these flawed character types.
It’s painfully awkward, “Love” ensuring the viewer suffers through every uncomfortable silence and encounter. Even though there are times when the show is just downright embarrassing, it evens itself out with scenes of romance and joy. “Love” is a perfect balance of crazy and passionate.
The show has never hesitated to showcase the ugly sides of romance. It’s a refreshingly honest take on relationships, complete with affairs, illness and control issues. It’s everything that is not the typical fairytale romance. Following Gus and Mickey as they delve deeper into their relationship has always been an interesting mess.
The final episode is as impromptu and emotional as the rest of the series. Audiences will miss watching Gus and Mickey’s drama, and no matter how imperfect their relationship is, viewers will know they will always find happiness in each other.