Today we mourn the passing of Love, the most addicting dramedy to ever grace Netflix.
R.I.P. 2016 – 2018
In 2012 it was terrifying to find Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 to be so relatable; I was 22. Fortunately for my intense aging anxiety (aging is better than the alternative), Love hit me even harder. It’s just Apatow’s style, not the age 40 that I found relatable, phew.
Not that being 40 is a bad deal. I like to think of it this way: if you’re older you get to die knowing you got to a certain point. I will never know if I am going to make it to age 40 until I am 40. So if you’re 80, celebrate! If you’re 50, party, relax! Every day you wake up and get to do the dance of life, enjoy the experience!
In Love we have nice guy Gus, who is uncomfortably clueless about his social awkwardness. And we have tough girl
Mimi-Rose Mickey who can’t have any spiritual growth spurt without the prerequisite of a loud emotional outburst. Their dynamic plays with this balance between societal niceties and individual authenticity. And that’s how the best romantic relationships develop: a balance between two people that hopefully creates a strong and positive mixture.
Where this series shines is character development. When Gus and Mickey fight, it makes sense. When they make up, it makes sense. Love doesn’t pass through mundane relationship conflict, the story embraces it.
At the end we are given the promise of hope. Gus doesn’t sell a script, but he gets an opportunity to write for a show. Mickey isn’t jetting off to Pilates every morning and she still enjoys her tobacco, but she isn’t using drugs or alcohol recklessly and her job is progressing. Gus and Mickey are committed to growing together. A solid and relatable finale for a show deserving of a satisfying conclusion.
Love encompasses gritty character development, but it is also focused on the purest human emotion, love. Scent is strongly paired with emotion. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are one of the most authentic smells of warmth, coziness, and love. They’re easy enough to make with a baking inept significant other and their ooey goodness wraps you in a loving embrace if you make them alone.
If you like them soft and gooey check out Grandbaby Cakes’ quintessential recipe. Simple to follow and worth the extra effort of making the delectable cookies from scratch. This recipe will give you a big enough batch to last through an entire binge-watch session of Love.