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Monday, June 13, 2022

The Time Traveler's Wife 1.5: Hair

A less momentous episode of The Time Traveler's Wife -- 1.5 -- on HBO Max last night than usual.


[Spoilers ahead ... ]

No deaths, though Henry, arriving through time naked, is beaten by bikers and rescued by Gomez.  It just occurred to me that Henry arriving with no clothes at all on when he time travels is akin to how we non-time-travelers all come into the world, naked.

I guess the most significant event is Henry becoming his older self -- the Henry Clare fell in love with -- not by living through time and aging, but by Clare's younger sister cutting his hair.  That was a nice touch.

As to the dinner with Clare's family, I'm getting a little tired of dinners being such a central means of exposition in this story.  And Clare's family is no great shakes either.  The parents are close to cliches and Clare's brother is annoying and annoyingly predictable.  Only Clare's younger sister Alicia (Taylor Richardson) is interesting, and she does a good job cutting Henry's hair, as I said, and fixing up the bruises from those bikers.  I would have liked the hair cutting even better, though, had we actually seen that happen.

Looking ahead, the season finale is next week.  And that's only episode 6!  There's a lot more story to tell here, and one would expect at least a second season, but HBO hasn't announced that yet either.  I sure hope they do.  Despite the uneven pace, there's a lot of beauty and profundity in this story, it's an excellent exposition of time travel, and I'd like to see where it goes.

As I said in an earlier review, I haven't read the book, but I've seen the movie. At this point, the TV series has more than a few elements that are better than the movie, but if the series ends with one more episode, it will be far weaker and unsatisfying than the story told in the movie. 

See you back here next week.

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