I first watched the Sophie episodes only, and I thought, "This is the most brilliant show I've ever seen. Amazing acting. Unbelievable attention to detail with facial expressions and body language, since half of the show's content is displayed in those most subtle indicators." The episodes spoke deeply to me, I guess, maybe because my own psychiatric illness and therapy issues are most like hers. I don't rewatch shows, but I rewatched those.
Then I went back and watched the others.
On a subjective level,
I've had bad experience with therapists and therapeutic relationship boundaries, and the Laura episodes brought back flashbacks from that even though my issues weren't the same as hers. Warning to anyone else triggered by that subject!
I didn't relate to anything with Alex's circumstances or mindset, and my marriage is happy so I didn't relate to much of the couple's struggles either.
On an objective level, the show was incredible regardless of whether I could personally relate to the characters. I was better able to relate to a foreign mindset because of the show.
MY BIGGEST ISSUE: The sessions with Gina
WHAT THE HECK??? I felt sick by the end of every episode because he spent the entire time criticizing a kind, thoughtful woman trying to help. He threw stuff, yelled, belittled, and basically tried to destroy her. It was very, very upsetting.
It doesn't even make sense! He spent the rest of the week as a thoughtful person helping others, but then within three minutes of seeing an old friend, he rips into her? He backs down and says a nice thing ever five minutes or so and then goes against what he says while he rants about her evil motives and how she's just out to get him and just wants to cause him personal suffering. WHAT???
Just now in week four with Gina, Paul is telling Gina she has no empathy, that he thought she never even liked therapy, that why would she do something with people who seem so disgusting to her - all of which is clearly not true, so where is this coming from and what the heck is it doing in the show?
The episodes with Gina are why I reduced my otherwise 7-star review to 3 stars, not because her acting was bad but because the screenwriting was TERRIBLE.