Master Of None pleasantly surprised me when it popped up on my netflix new releases. The show begins as a hopeful, bright comedy – sure to lift your 20-something spirits. As the series plays out however, you realise that the subtext and character explorations are somewhat more profound than originally portrayed. It wasn’t until later in the show that I realised Aziz may have created something deeper than the usual short comedy series’ based in New York, loosely based around the protagonists dating life.
The show revolves around Ansaris character Dev and his life as an aspiring actor. He has had multiple successful acting jobs within the TV ad department but his hope for a big break is as tedious and disappointing as any other working class actor has to experience (me.) Much of the shows comedy comes from his relationship with best friends Arnold (Eric Wareheim, also show Director for 5 epis) and Denise (Lena Waithe.) “Controversially” the female in the friends trio is black AND a lesbian which quickly became the main focus of many entertainment review articles which is obviously absurd. lol society. Denise’s cool and elusive attitude contrasts with Devs bouncy and at times frantic persona which I often find in real life to be the best kind of friendship. I have never seen Eric Wareheim perform before and now I need to find his entire filmography because I actually howl at every bit of dialogue he delivers. He’s a total gem and I just don’t know why I’ve never come across his hilarity before.
The show is Woody Allen all over therefore I feel like he need recognition in this blogpost because the influences are so wonderfully strong. This is how you take Woody Allen work and use it to your advantage. Such beautiful imagery inspiration which has paid off so well for Aziz.
During the episode Nashville (S01E06) Dev (Ansari) stops his cycle of loving single life in NYC. He decides to take a more direct approach on his love life and asks Rachel (Noel Wells) out on a first date to an overnight stay in Nashville. At this point in the series we see a higher focus on the cinematography and conversational dialogue and it’s just brilliant. See below some of my favourite shots from this episode.
The Penultimate episode ‘Mornings’ is a whirlwind of OCD fulfilling visuals and an entire moodboard of interior ideas for myself. Thanks Aziz for being so god damn clean cut. During this episode, we live through TWO YEARS of Dev and Rachels life together which is so wonderfully and originally performed with the general time being – you guessed it – Mornings. Mornings are such an intricate and delicate time of the day, and when shared with a person, they can set you up for an amazing day, or make hell raise underneath you as you storm away from your apartment block vexed and tired. At times, I felt like an imposter watching the private moments Dev and Rachel shared in their what felt like ever shrinking space that they lived in. The shots that were filmed outside of the door were especially good at making the audience feel as though we WERE imposters and peering into a glimpse of this couples life really reaches to bring things home to the viewer. Whilst a lot of the shows problems and solutions are heavily discussed in Ansaris (brilliant, brilliant) book Modern Romance, it’s just as good to watch these life norms play out in a dramatic scenario played by these talented and quick witted actors.
Another hugely relatable episode is ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’. We are shown how two peoples night out (male and female) can be so absurdly different. Aziz allows us to journey home with two different characters and the way the scene is built around the points of view is eye-opening for many. Aziz wanted to focus on a side of life as a female which can be taboo’d and not voiced enough. I mean, how many times have you been on the way home and found yourself typing an emergency number “just in case.” That is one of the daily things some females have to do on their travel home. It’s something that seems pretty standard to us yet it’s something that shouldn’t even have to cross our minds. He raises awareness through class, comedy and damn fine cinema work.
^^^^ HOW MANY TIMES HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU??! ^^^^
[his sequence against the thrumming bell in the background was SO PLEASING TO VIEW. Aziz, are you Wes Anderson? Can you start creating more please?]
look at that for a set design!
[EVERY SINGLE CREDIT ROLL – I usually only watch the first and last episodes credits (bad I know) but these got me hooked! The Woody Allen style direction & jazzy tunes. Hell yah.]
🌟🌟Listen to the SICK soundtrack below! The use of Toto – Africa confirmed my love for this show🌟🌟