Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hindsight: Episode 1

1. Pilot
Nearing her 40’s and getting married the second time around, Becca (Laura Ramsey) can’t help but feel that she might be committing yet another mistake. On her way back to her apartment after the rehearsal dinner, the elevator breaks down and she loses consciousness. She wakes up the next day in 1995, October 8 to be exact, the day of her wedding to her first husband Sean (Craig Horner). Seeing VHS tapes, a Discman, and a pager, she starts to think of everything as a dream. When it becomes clear that it isn’t, she goes out to find the only person she knows would believe her: Lolly (Sarah Goldberg), her BFF with whom she hasn’t spoken in the last 10 years, in the future where she came from at least. She doesn’t believe her at first, but eventually does so hearing some secrets she wouldn’t have known otherwise. She is now confronted with a huge dilemma. Should she change the past and correct all of her mistakes? As she faces her soon to be ex-husband at the altar, she takes her best friend’s hand and they run.

Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. Look deeply at life as it is. I think everyone has had this fantasy of going back to the past knowing everything we know now, to change stuff. This phenomenon has plagued my entire 20’s, seriously, until I reached my 30’s and realized that I’ve been wasting too much time dwelling on things that can no longer be changed. But this doesn’t mean that imagining it is not fun at all. I think that’s what so good about Hindsight. There’s a reason why this subgenre has always been appealing to many. It gives us our very own what-if scenario with Becca as the anchor, without getting off the couch. More than that, though, it’s really the nostalgia that fuels one’s interest in such shows. The music they use in the soundtrack, damn. It just transports you back to a world pre-Facebook when everything seemed simpler, less convenient, but worth missing nonetheless. I think I’m going to enjoy this show. So fucking much.

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