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Series Review of, "Feel Good"

A Review of the Netflix Original Series Written and Directed by Mae Martin, "Feel Good"

By sleepy draftsPublished 2 months ago β€’ 4 min read
Netflix Original Series, "Feel Good"

Back in 2023, I tried writing this article. Only, when I published it I didn't think of how the title and the cover photo would look together and well...

sleepy draft's embarrassing past draft

I've never quite recovered.

I was so embarrassed once it was pointed out to me (by myself) that I archived the review and didn't look back.

In the original article, I focused on the experience of watching Feel Good with my mom and how the movie prompted us to talk about our own experiences with love and codependency.

(Honestly, let me know in the comments if you would want to read that version, also. I go back and forth on whether or not it would actually be interesting to read, so I'd love to hear your honest input.)

In this review, though, I want the focus to be entirely on Mae Martin and their masterpiece.

So now that it's 2024, I think I'm ready to try this review one more time:

(cw: cptsd, addiction)

Netflix Original, "Feel Good" Season 1 Official Trailer

Feel Good is written, directed, and starred by Canadian-born comedian, Mae Martin. The show itself is semi-autobiographical and touches on complex themes such as sexuality, addiction, trauma, and codependency. Mae Martin stars themself in the series, alongside Charlotte Ritchie as George, and Lisa Kudrow as Mae Martin's mother.

With two seasons each containing six, 30-minute episodes, Feel Good is positively binge-worthy with a total series' run time of 6 hours.

They are 6 hours that leave an impact.

Mae (they/them) meets George (she/her) at a club while performing stand-up comedy. After quickly hitting it off, George reveals that she has never been on a date "with a girl" before.

Their relationship moves quickly and passionately, but it's soon revealed that they have more to learn about each other than they left time for. Secrets begin to spill over and we are left to see what comes after the honeymoon phase.

In season 1, we see Mae and George become enmeshed with each other. Mae becomes anxious while George becomes avoidant. With neither of them communicating or being honest with each other, triggers are set off and the relationship becomes unhealthy.

George is still learning about her sexuality and is struggling to come out to her friends and family about her relationship with Mae. She lies and avoids confronting the root of her insecurity while in turn ignoring Mae and the depth of her feelings for them.

Mae, on the other hand, is running from their own questions surrounding their gender identity, as well as the complex trauma they experienced growing up.

We see Mae act impulsively, (seemingly) irrationally, and often obsessively as they attempt to ignore their own traumas and feelings of gender dysphoria, respectively. Mae focuses their energy entirely on George and their relationship instead of slowing down to focus on themselves.

We see Mae navigate their gender dysphoria/body dysmorphia in private while joking about it in public. Mae doesn't fully address the tolls their dysmorphia or their trauma take on them and, as a result, on their relationships.

It isn't until season 2 that we begin to see how Mae's past has led to the behaviors and habits we see in season one.

Season 2 is by far my favorite season.

"Feel Good" Season 2, Official Trailer

Here, we begin to see Mae acknowledge their struggles.

Not before things spiral out of control, though.

We start by seeing Mae go back to rehab in Canada where they attempt to confront their dependency both on drugs and within their relationships.

In rehab, Mae is confronted by their past when they are recognized by the girlfriend of a dealer Mae owes money. This, alongside questions about their teenage years, leads Mae to run even faster from their problems.

What we see in season 2 is that when it comes to trauma, it often feels like things are getting worse before they start to get better.

But that doesn't mean things don't get better.

Mae Martin's Netflix Original series, Feel Good is a cinematically beautiful experience, as well as, an emotional one. Whether you're queer, questioning, or an ally Feel Good is a series that encourages its audience to look inwards and to think about their relationship with love.

Yet, despite exploring dark themes, Mae Martin manages to keep the tone comedic, playful, light, and perhaps most importantly of all:

Abundantly hopeful.

There's a moment in season 2 where Mae jokes about wanting to write a "thoughtful Netflix series" one day.

Let's just say, I'm so happy that they did.

Sleepy rating: 10/10

Have you watched Feel Good? If so, let me know what you think in the comments!

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  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Superb review!!! Loved it!!!πŸ’•β™₯️β™₯️

  • I saw this and was like "Wait, someone wrote about this show". As I started reading, I realised that that someone is you, lol! I think I would have left a comment on that piece but I can't find it in your profile. Did you you move it back to drafts?

  • I hadn't even heard of the series until now (we don't get Netflix), but it sounds incredible. And yes, I most definitely want to read your previous article!

  • Oneg In The Arctic2 months ago

    I tried watching this show last year I think, I liked how it was a lot more realistic in some ways and focused on different themes than the usual mainstreamed stories. That being said, I didn't stick with it because some of the triggers and events were triggering for me haha

  • Raphael Fontenelle2 months ago

    Seems kinda sad but cool. I might give it a watch.

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