Beautifully flawed indeed. That’s the tagline for this Gabrielle Union drama and it is sadly fitting. The show itself is great looking (not just Gabrielle), the dialogue is, at times, very smart, but ultimately, I just can’t get into a show where you just can’t LIKE the main character.
Mary Jane Paul is a successful, intelligent, outspoken news anchor who on the surface, seems like she has her life together. Beyond the facade however, as the viewer finds out, her life is completely out of control on almost every front. Her family situation is a mess, her job is a constant struggle to maintain her professional ethics in a cutthroat business, and her romantic life? Let’s dwell on that for a bit.
She’s caught between David, a (sort-of) player, with whom she has a on-again off-again relationship, and Andre, who unbeknownst to MJ initially, is a married man. I only saw the first 3-4 episodes but with David, she never seems to be ready to commit to a monogomous relationship and yet she becomes unhinged when continues to date other women. With Andre, OK, she didn’t know he was married at first….but even after she finds out, and awkwardly confronts the wife of all things, she is somehow unable to stay away from this guy.
OK, just my opinion here, but Mary Jane comes off as an amazingly unlikeable combination of being slightly neurotic, judgmental, self-righteous, and oh yeah, a home wrecker. To cap this all off, and this is what prompted my review (yes, I only watched the first few episodes) is that BET had some video submission/contest where they were asking viewers how they were like Mary Jane. I mean really, is this the sort of person we should strive to be like? She has a GREAT house and does great financially, but that’s really it. Well, Gabrielle is as gorgeous as ever. If BET was intending to portray a smart, successful woman of color, they really need to retool this show.