‘Made for Love’ review: Cristin Milioti stars in the latest series tapping into fears about high-tech romance
The program starts with a bang, as Milioti’s Hazel Green gets away from the space-age substance she inhabits with Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), the visionary billionaire creator of a tech business called (what else?) Gogol. Byron, it ends up, has actually made Hazel the guinea pig for the business’s most current item, a development called Produced Love, which utilizes implanted microchips to produce “commingled identities. Pure union,” with the upsetting loss of autonomy that suggests.
Hazel’s flight takes her to her eccentric father (Ray Romano), who remains in his own variation of a twisted relationship with a synthetic buddy. The focus is on Hazel and her efforts to take self-reliance, made more difficult by the reality that Byron — thanks to his development — has the ability to track her relocations.
When It Comes To how Hazel and Byron fulfilled, that slowly comes out through a series of flashbacks (by now a tired gadget), charting the origins of the relationship and pangs of pain that started to emerge even prior to navigating to his distinct rich-guy peculiarities, like getting an early morning swim with his animal dolphin.
Adjusted from Alissa Nutting’s book, the program sometimes feels as if it’s working a little too hard at being over-the-top, from the dollops of violence to the eccentricities of Romano’s character and the not-actually-a-woman in his life.
Still, the half-hour episodes move at a vigorous clip, and there suffices product to plumb — both about how Hazel entered into this mess and how she may go out — to sustain this opening salvo.
Given, the specific idea and setup may not be developed to last for really long prior to running out of steam; still, if it’s not rather enjoy at very first sight, thanks mainly to Milioti, there’s plenty here to like.
“Made for Love” premieres April 1 on HBO Max, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.