In Treatment

Season 2 Episode 1

Mia - Week One

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 05, 2009 on HBO
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Paul is startled to see one of his old clients come back to him after he is given a subpoena.

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  • Stupid way to start any series. Effing Depressing, nasty, painful.

    I was very interested to see that he's moved into an apartment now, and thought: This could be interesting. There's back-story here which would be very good.

    It's been "two years" and the pilot's dad turns up and makes this very first episode NASTY from the outset.

    Here I was, eager to see him helping people, and suddenly it's a nasty soap about HIM !

    These shows need one character for stability and trust to anchor them.

    But the idiot writers have gone the typical Hollywood route and bashed that guy over the head.


    Turns me off the whole of Series 2 from the start!

  • Season 2 begins.

    In Treatment was a dark horse at last year's Emmys and Golden Globes. A show that very few had the pleasure of watching, and even less gave it a shot.

    Now, a year after the first season ended, the show has a new timeslot, a new setting and several of those trophies nobody thought it could win. A much larger marketing campaign was launched for the second season and hopefully it influenced some of the masses as this was a phenomenal way to start off the season.

    Like a two act play, In Treatment consisted of two scenes, with one barely lasting two minutes. Instead of jumping from location to location the HBO half-hour drama chooses to focus on raw emotion as opposed to shocking special effects and transitions. Like a Broadway play the feelings of the characters are ever so transparent and we see their many layers unraveled in a way most television shows could not even dream of doing.

    Gabriel Byrne, fresh off an Emmy nomination for his role as Paul Weston, is nothing short of brilliant. Imagine a man who is witnessing his life on the verge of a painful lawsuit and you're probably picturing a guy screaming, breaking things and cussing like a sailor. In Treatment showcases his rage without an elevation in his voice, and every vase intact. That is a testament to how good this writing is.moreless

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