State of the Union (2019– )
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Week Six - Nigel and Naomi 

How would be characterized a supposed new partner of each? - Louise and Tom talk about it in the pub.


Stephen Frears


Nick Hornby (created by), Nick Hornby




Episode credited cast:
Janet Amsden Janet Amsden ... Older Wife
Chris O'Dowd ... Tom
Rosamund Pike ... Louise
Jeff Rawle ... Older Husband


How would be characterized a supposed new partner of each? - Louise and Tom talk about it in the pub.

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6 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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See-Saw Films See more »
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Louise: The point is that you and I could make a death pact instead of a baby pact. If it looks like we're going to die alone, we move back in together or we move into the same retirement home or something.
Tom: Great! Something positive to take into this week's session, a death pact.
Louise: I think it's positive. I think it shows a certain goodwill.
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stakes are high..
12 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

State Of The Union

Nick Hornby (the creator) and Stephen Frears (the director) has a good equation in this project; certainly better than the characters they are working on. But this art house project, almost looks like, came from that tingling sensation of "What If" bar chat. Hence, the publicity is naturally oozed from the virginity of it, in the market. But how much can this fascination last? And don't get me wrong, the work put up on creating this scenario is marvellous. Yet, I find myself struggling to tap to its rhythm. The series has to and does come with a baggage.

Fortunately not the emptiness In your mind regarding the length of each chapter. But the urge to inform the viewers within a short period that ought to be uncomfortable to swallow since the conversation perpetually tries to be practical- which is just like any free bird that tries to fly away from the arena it is supposed to hover around- but then is also obliged to or anchored down by the pace of the storytelling advancing along with character's development. In fact the series is staged in a way to be repetitive.

And like some Shakespearean play it expresses its uncalled views to its characters; but actually it's the viewers they are aiming towards. It makes you feel a lot that having a narrator would have been a lot better. It doesn't have the room to derail or flaunt like say for instance, Before Trilogy did. The "Snack" of the web series, as they are calling it- can't afford on pretending to be a healthy meal. Rosamund Pike is the reserved one which takes time to cope up with since "Gone Girl", you'll find yourself all the way waiting for her to snap. And Chris O'Dowd is goofy just as same, think how would the State Of The Union be where policies are written by them, quirky yet homely.

Nigel And Naomi

The flirt part of the relationship. The romance is philosophical, poetic and all mushy gushy, which in its entirety does something magical and light that plasters a broad smile in our face for the entire runtime of the chapter; bye-bye frowns, for now.

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