Like very many American series, the NSFW which premiered Friday, June 25 on the streaming service, has viewers tweeting up a storm Sex/Life stars Sarah Shahi, Adam Demos and Mike Vogel.
This drama makes a huge breakout. First there’s the thing about the title which betrays it and then there is something about the quality of the drama, too much action.
Oh yes there is more, nudity may not be culturally accepted but there is a message about it that we humans should learn to emulate for confidence, love and respect of our individual bodies, the true gender equality.
Being the shower scene, which of course is quite relative to our daily lives as most of us do not hit the shower glammed up like a mannequin. There is the message of mutual interest and bonding.
In a recent interview with Collider, showrunner and creator Stacy Rukeyser answers the questions on many a lip if there was some sort of body double or if it were real?
“No,” she commented. “That’s not a body double. I mean, people usually ask is it real or is it a prosthetic?” “And I can tell you what Adam Demos says about it, which is, a gentleman never tells. So, we are leaving that up to the viewer’s imagination.”
Well, before anyone goes all moral, it will be wise to consider that this comes with parental guidance as well as a choice option and not to mention this is the digitized age, where things may or may not be what it seems and it is best sometimes to watch for the motive behind the acts and scenes than the scenes itself.
Adam also discussed the show’s nudity with Entertainment Weekly, noting that he was “OK with it because you read the script and know what you’re getting yourself into from the start, so I don’t think you would sign on to a show after reading the scripts and then say no last minute. That doesn’t mean you can’t have discussions about comfort level, which they allowed us to have—and with the intimacy coordinator, so it felt a lot safer.”
Specifically, the scene was meant to showcase Mike’s character’s obsession with his wife’s ex-boyfriend.
“It’s all internal, there’s no dialogue, and Mike Vogel does such an incredible job with it,” Rukeyser said. “But what you’re seeing is him going, ‘I should not be doing this. I should not be following him from his office. Now I’m following him from his office. Oh, my God, I should not be following him into the gym.”
“It was important to show how down the rabbit . Oh my God, I’m following him into the gym. I am buying clothes. I’m working out. I’m obsessive watching him. He’s going into the shower. I should not go into the shower. Oh, my God, I’m going into the shower. Now I’m in the shower. I should not look down. I should not look down. I cannot help it. Oh, my God.’
Ultimately, as Stacy put it, this moment was not meant to be a sexual moment, rather, “it’s about intimidation and measuring up and all of that.” Regardless of the scene’s intention, it has become the most eye-catching TV moment of 2021…so far.
Sex/Life is available for streaming on Netflix. Keep a clear head while at it.