October 5, 2022

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 1 finale of Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal, “Pretend Daddy.”]

The continued chatter on-line speculating on how Nathan Fielder might probably wrap up the primary season of his good new sequence The Rehearsal tended to stay to variations on one theme: that all the things we’ve been proven within the earlier 5 episodes was all an elaborate follow session for Fielder himself — a metanarrative purple herring within the vein of Orson Welles’ 1973 movie F For Faux.

Hilarious as that flip probably would have been, it additionally would have been a cop-out. A simple escape from the broader theme that Fielder and co-writers Carrie Kemper and Eric Notarnicola contact on in Nathan’s voiceover within the remaining scene of the Season 1 finale, “Faux Daddy”: “Life’s higher with surprises.” And maybe the most important shock that Fielder has to reckon with on this episode is the unintended penalties of his quest to be the right father and assist his earlier topics rehearse their lives.

After injecting himself into the rehearsal of Angela, the fundamentalist Christian who wished to organize for her eventual motherhood, Nathan has taken the lead function and, because the episode opens, is making an attempt to carry the right celebration for his “son” Adam, performed by little one actors Remy and Liam. It’s a surreal faux-celebration as Fielder is surrounded by extras who, as a result of union guidelines, can’t converse any traces and so are pretending to essentially get pleasure from themselves.

The occasion ends on some bleakly humorous and discomforting notes. On the behest of the Christian mum or dad of one of many rehearsal’s many Adams, Nathan has to cheerfully clarify that he’s going to hell as a result of he’s Jewish. Extra troubling than that’s how the traces separating the rehearsal from actual life get more and more blurry for poor Remy, the youthful of the 2 actors. He continues to name Nathan “daddy” even when he’s off the clock and refuses to go away the set of the rehearsal.

The Rehearsal was already a self-aware sequence, with Fielder making comedic hay of the will that many adults must be well-known. The members of this present or different sequence like Fielder’s earlier triumph Nathan For You or Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical Who Is America? (on which Fielder served as a director) are lured in by the presence of cameras, willingly placing themselves into usually weird circumstances probably for the only real objective of being on TV. Whether or not any of the individuals who participate in these exhibits are completely happy about what they see isn’t one thing the creators of the sequence appear notably involved with.

The Rehearsal (HBO)

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