Doubled DNA

Name: Living With Yourself
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Year: 2019
Season: 1

His life once was perfect, well it still is, but Miles (Paul Rudd) was so distracted and drained from the stresses in his life he overlooked the good things. He has a beautiful, caring wife, big house and a fancy car. All Miles felt was the tiredness of being stuck in a rut, watching his life pass him by. He decides to take his colleagues advice and go to a exclusive spa, recommended to cleanse your DNA and make you feel like a new man. But this treatment didn’t come cheap, $50,000 from Miles’ family savings gives him the most unusual outcome.

His life wasn’t the same after that. He wakes up in a plastic body bag in the middle of the forest, walking 6 hours in a nappy to get back home. Exhausted he stumbles through the door to find out he’s already there. His home – and his life – is being lived by an identical clone of himself. The ‘new’ Miles is free from his doubts and fears, and built with confidence and optimism. How will Miles adjust to his new shared life? How will he learn to live with himself?

Living With Yourself has a storyline which you’d expect to be on Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, but has been described as a sitcom. Over the eight episode season it does deliver a questions of obsessions with self-worth, always wishing to be different and our lives to be slightly better. It can be occasionally displeasing too. The original Miles tries to build a new life whereby both will co-exist, but seeing a better version of yourself live your life better, can drive you slightly mad. Miles finds himself fighting for ownership of his sanity, life and marriage, with both of them wanting to live to life of Miles Elliot.

With Paul Rudd catching our attention straight away, acting the same character in perfectly different ways. The original Miles being more scruffy looking and exhausted, holding himself that way with a bent back, and the smarter, more dynamic Miles to takes pride in his appearance.

The show narrative runs extremely well giving you both characters’ storylines side by side, showing different perspectives of the same story. It is interesting to see one an incident revisited that changes the story, means and importance all together. I for one was glad to be able to binge the whole season in one afternoon, making sure I didn’t forget or miss anything vital from the plot.

The way Living With Yourself sets the clone storyline in a natural and realistic setting makes you relate and believe the story even more. The cast is so likable, making you believe there is actually two Paul Rudds on screen interacting between one another. The show delivers a great message of the good things and the bad things make you the person you are. Take one side away and you wont be yourself. It’s very thought-provoking making us dive into our personality and the person we come across to others. Very very addictive season so my fingers are crossed for Season 2, following such a happy cliffhanger at the end.

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