So Alexandra Cunningham ("Dirty John," "Desperate Housewives") and Kevin J. Hines (Perry Mason) teamed up with the film's screenwriter James Durden to reimagine Fatal Attraction in a variety of ways, none of them erotic. . And some of them are fascinating. From the moment Dan Gallagher, a deranged and wavering Joshua Jackson replaced by a charming Michael Douglas, begins the series by going through a parole hearing, the series feels a responsibility, an obligation to apologize for Hollywood's past misdeeds.
Dan is on probation because in this new universe he served 15 years for murdering his stalker Alex Forrest (Lizzy Kaplan). Responding not only to other choices, but also to the narrative demands of the series, the show runs nearly eight hours as Cunningham and Hines turn "Fatal Attraction" into a murder mystery, while former Los Angeles District Attorney Dan, tries to find his ex-wife. Beth (Amanda Pete) and find out who really killed Alex during an awkward meeting with her daughter Ellen (Alyssa Jirrells).
The mystery unfolds in a quiet LA-noir style, introducing a cloud of suspects as the series travels through time and expands on its fine narrative by replaying entire episodes from different angles. Changes in time inform Dan and the public of the harmful privileges and rights that contributed to his downfall. (This part of the show benefits greatly from the presence of Toby Haas as Mike, Dan's best friend and ex-cop who suffers collateral damage from Dan's defeat.)
But apparently turning Fatal Attraction into a reasonably entertaining crime drama wasn't enough to remove the original stain. As such, the series also contains an elaborate psychodramatic narrative, a tutorial of sorts that manifests itself in frequent discussions of the work of Carl Jung and his colleague Tony Wolfe. Ellen is now studying to be a psychologist, and we also listen to the recitation of fairy tales that she loved as a child. Allegorical ideas, somewhat fabulous, are introduced into the house. the hero who tells the story to Ellen is called "the real fairy godmother"; A companion dog named Ziggy, short for Sigmund.
Ellen's investigation forces her to re-examine the behavior of her father's murderous enemy, and her latest fatal attraction is trying to make Alex understandable and even likable. Dan is a disciplined version of the narcissistic goofball Douglas played in the film, but the brilliant hysteria of Glenn Close's Oscar-nominated portrayal of Alex is largely replaced by the vulnerability of Kaplan's version, and Alex now has a story. to explain his sociopathy. an obsession