The British romantic comedy, Feel Good, co-written by lead actor and comedian Mae Martin about her real-life instances as she sets out to find love and freedom from drugs is every bit believable and endearing. If you have been anywhere in the spectrum of gender-fluidity, you will feel an instant connect with the show. As a viewer, you find yourself hooked from the word go and the show illicit you to feel for Martin as though you’re feeling for yourself from another lifetime.
The show portrays the relationship between Goerge, played by Charlotte Ritchie, and Mae as a modern-day racy love story that could also find its traces in India’s metropolitan cities of Mumbai or Bengaluru. In this love story, Mae is borderline clingy and lovable all at the same time. For her, being in a relationship with Goerge is a sort of work to keep herself busy to do away from her desire to give in to her addiction to drugs. But when Goerge goes away to attend a wedding for barely a day, she struggles with keeping herself together and not to give in.
Goerge, on the other hand, has never dated a girl before and so she keeps her relationship under wraps from her family and friends lest they make fun of her. Watching her life unfold you realize, you also have people around you who you consider are “close” to you but in reality if you show them what you really believe in, they will judge you in the first opportunity they got. What good is it to crowd your life with such people then? Thinking about it, you brush the thought aside because why get into confrontations when you can escape them? Goerge does the same for as long as she can manage but she comes out of it eventually as the show makes the social commentary about how being bisexual or lesbian is no crime and that we can only eliminate the stigma when we normalize gender-fluidity.
In this love story, Mae is borderline clingy and lovable all at the same time. For her, being in a relationship with Goerge is a sort of work to keep herself busy in order to do away from her desire to give in to her addiction to drugs.
Mae’s relationship with her mother, Linda, played by the very famous Lisa Kudrow from yesteryear FRIENDS fame, is also worth noticing. It’s one where everything looks hunky-dory from the outside as they Skype call each other regularly but Linda evades telling her that she is in England all the way from Canada to release the ashes of Mae’s dead cat. Mae finds out about it inadvertently but their relationship is strange and takes steep curves through the series.
Overall the six-part series is a glaring peek into Mae’s life situations through dating, drugs and intimacy. The journey pulls you in instantly and takes you on a self-discovery ride as you find yourself left feeling darn good as it reaches the end. It’s a quick but an interesting watch and we need more of these normalizing conversations around LGBTQIA relationships in the mainstream media.
The views expressed are the author’s own.