When I saw the pilot episode of this show I really never thought it would be anything other than a filler show I watched out of boredom over the summer. I actually caught myself rolling my eyes, wondering why I was even bothering to waste my viewing time. Boy, I was wrong.
Something about this show struck me as relevant. With each successive episode the characters developed, and I found myself waiting impatiently for the following week so I could tune in to see what was going to happen next. Why?
Because this show actually gets you a semi-realistic (only slightly "Hollywood-ized") view of marriage. Complete with all the assorted struggles that come along with all relationships. Whether you are married because someone got pregnant, or you are with the love of your life, marriage is a struggle. It is work. And this show doesn't gloss over that fact. Swingtown embraces it.
This show depicts some of the most common (and often difficult) struggles in modern relationships. Money issues, Infidelity, Lust, Settling for less than you deserve (or the wrong person), Job loss, and just about every stress that can negatively impact a relationship. And ironically, being set in the 70's doesn't make it any less meaningful in today's society. While we might not be a 'Swinging Society' these days (though there are still swappers out there), the swing-theme is just a tiny part of what this show is really about. The true heart of this show lies in the stories about the interpersonal relationships between wife and husband, friends and lovers.
I am particularly drawn to the relationship between Susan and Roger, the theme of "settling", and wondering if she will stay with Bruce (despite current situations). You get the sense that she wants to do the right thing, but she won't be satisfied. Does she have the courage to step out of the safe boundaries of her world and reach for true happiness? Will it be with her husband? Or Roger?
In otherwords, this show actually has me emotionally invested in the characters, relating to them on a personal level (despite my own satisfying marriage), and I think that makes for some genuinely well-done television.
I truly hope that Swingtown is re-newed for another season.
I would really like to see how these characters grow and deal with their challenges. And I hope more viewers would get past the "Swingers" theme and recognize this show for what it really is: A show about love and marriage.
I'm looking forward to the season finale and keeping my fingers crossed for season two!