TV Club: Power and sexuality are at the heart of The Girlfriend Experience

The question of whether or not Christine Reade is a protagonist we root for is something that comes up a lot when discussing The Girlfriend Experience, both within these reviews and in the comments section. Some believe that Christine is a sociopath and that her actions disqualify her from being a true protagonist we can side with, that the distance between Christine and the viewer that the show imposes is a way of signifying that Christine isn’t our hero. On the other hand, some see Christine as both an agent in control of her situation and a victim of powers beyond her control. The Girlfriend Experience certainly stokes such ambiguity, and in fact, part of the show’s appeal is contained in the way it creates conflicted feelings from one week to the next.

The Girlfriend Experience, based on premise alone, could easily be some sort of morality tale …

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