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    4 Reasons Why Netflix's "Love" Is Actually The Most Frustrating Show Of All Time

    Because Gus and Mickey are infinitely less likable than Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs.

    Warning: ~Spoilers~ ahead.

    If you haven't seen Netflix's original series "Love," produced by Judd Apatow and starring a super-talented ensemble cast . . . I'm not going to tell you to do the thing.

    I just finished binging/hate-watching both seasons, and I feel like the best way to work through my complicated emotions regarding this show is to force strangers on the internet to follow my stream of consciousness.

    Walk with me.

    4. Not. Enough. Diversity.

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    I can see half of you rolling your eyes right now. Listen to me. This show takes place in LA, fourteenth-largest city in the world and easily one of the most diverse. So why does the main AND supporting cast look like Zosia Mamet's band? Why does the only queer couple with speaking roles show up for five minutes of one episode? Why is everyone a native English speaker? Have the writers for Love ever BEEN to LA?

    3. There's no character development.

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    No. Whatever counterpoint you're conjuring, stop.

    Season 2 ended with all of the recurring characters returning to the completely toxic states of existence they were swimming through at the end of Season 1.

    Mickey, a self-professed sex and love addict, went back to her emotionally abusive ex and tried to force a relationship with Gus - all within three to four weeks of that teary, heartfelt confession at the end of Season 1. You know, the one where she said she was a sex and love addict and that she needed a year off to get help.

    Gus, whose borderline-creepy clinginess we saw the moment he started hanging out with Mickey, only became more overbearing and needy as the series progressed. For two episodes, he attended AA meetings to learn how to support Mickey and blessedly started backing off - only to latch back onto her as soon as she booty-called him in the second-to-last episode.

    Bertie, who started hooking up with Randy at the beginning of Season 2 and broke up with him after a few weeks of dating, took him back in the finale despite saying in the previous episode that she realized she was settling by dating him. The list goes on.

    You could try to make excuses for this by pointing out that the entirety of the series elapses over the course of six weeks. My response? If zero of your characters can commit to anything, they're basically babies. Which brings us to our next point . . .

    2. Gus and Mickey fucking suck.

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    Where to even start with these two?

    Mickey is a selfish, irresponsible addict. As such, she continues to defend and rationalize her destructive behavior. More damning than that; it doesn't seem like she's really sorry for who she hurts. Her concern is, and always has been, saving her own ass.

    Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Season 2 finale, when she begs her ex Dustin (whom she's been sleeping with while Gus is working in Atlanta) not to tell Gus the truth. She claims it's because she should be the one to tell him, but we all know she's not going to - not until she inevitably self-sabotages the relationship next season for the millionth time.

    In all fairness, I might be projecting a little because I used to date a Mickey, but Mickeys can't be "fixed" by romantic relationships. They have to fix themselves before they can function in one. Mickey refuses to be fixed (see #3).

    Which leaves Gus. Gus is portrayed early on as a nice guy. Just a simple, average-looking nice guy. He gets cheated on by his long-term girlfriend at the beginning of the first season, so we start out rooting for him to make it work with the ~cool, sexy~ Mickey. But as much as I hate for Mickey to be right about anything, she's on point when she calls him condescending. Mickey is a project for him to fix - an even more problematic variation of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

    Gus is also completely reliant on his relationship with Mickey, which would be concerning even if they'd been together for years . . . but they haven't. They've known each other for fewer than two months and didn't become exclusive until the Season 2 finale, so why is he taking all of his cues from Mickey?

    They just really fucking suck. That doesn't mean they aren't deserving of love or joy, but they suck. Sorry not sorry.

    1. It has so much potential.

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    Netflix has long since established itself as a harbinger of innovation, and its gutsy original series are the pinnacle of that. So why is Love doing less to earn its title than network television? Even kitschy cable shows have shown more diversity.

    You might be wondering why I plowed through two full seasons of the show if I hate it so much. Because here's the thing - I don't hate it.

    From its initial release, Love has garnered little else but praise from critics due to its honest representation of dating in the digital age, and that's fair enough. Sometimes we millennials do second-guess ourselves, catch feels too quickly (for the wrong people), and struggle to communicate effectively. Throw the sex positivity and the brilliant performances of the main cast into the mix, and there's a lot to love about Love. But shouldn't a show with a broad name represent a broader depiction of what that word represents?

    Love has moments of brilliance that echo true life, but in its present state, an echo is the closest it gets. It's already been renewed for a third season, so here's hoping we seem some real growth in 2018.

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