However, there is something mildly troubling about this show for me. The daughter Kate, is played brilliantly by Brie Larson an accomplished nineteen year old actress / singer who has been successful in her young career in both movies and music. She plays a convincing fifteen year old, strong willed, sexually promiscuous girl with an apparent voracious appetite for sex and is not embarrassed to say so to her mother, the "alters" and her father. The scenes where she describes her desires are somewhat sizzling, but are disturbingly unnerving in that that these words are being said by a fifteen year character. To paraphrase as best as I remember, she says "I like to fuck, I like to suck and I am not backdoor un-friendly." Watching her undress, and in a later scene have her mother help her remove her boots from her long and very spread legs showing her tight panties, I could not help but think of the men who we see occasionally on Dateline. Comparing these scenes to a later scene in the premiere episode where Kate performs in a school dance recital only reinforces my initial reaction to this character. This morning I asked Ally what she thought in this regard and she too noted the disturbingly sexual nature of this character.
I was troubled by my own reaction to this most taboo character. I was relieved to learn today that the actress is nineteen, but the character is fifteen. And in my upbringing, fifteen has been off limits since I was sixteen. So having one fifteen year old be so sexually open in a series is troubling to me, even as open and tolerant as I may be. And if her words and body movements can stir this illicit this mild reaction, I can only imagine what reaction this character will create for the mainstream pedophile. Most troubling. But then, good shows and other forms of entertainment often are.
The father, Max is well played by John Corbett (I think from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Tara is played by Toni Collette. She is a most believable in her performance of the "alters" and I suspect will lead this cast to a memorable season. I know Ally and I will be watching. Although I may need to close my eyes the next time this nineteen year old hottie peels off her jeans.