As I mentioned, I have put the scripts out to a few close friends, and asked for their candid feedback. We’ve been writing in a vacuum for quite some time. The feedback has been constructive, and often flattering. I received this today from a friend of several decades:
* Note – with her permission, I edited (cut) pieces of her review that I felt revealed critical plot-points (spoilers).
Understanding that it can happen to anyone is such a relevant and critical message. it’s brilliant to take this ride with the characters – almost to the point of hoping his wife doesn’t find the needle on the car floor or getting caught in the bathroom stall. You’ve positioned the viewer in an unthinkable position – feeling sympathy for the drug addict.
It truly shifts your thinking and creates an understanding on such a deep level.
Feeling his anxiety and shame over his addiction, showing the reality of getting caught up in the addiction… depicting the drug users and dealers as the sympathetic characters, victims to some degree.
The show expertly raises awareness in the most sympathetic way. And the last two episodes (accompanied by goosebumps and tears) give you that hope that as much as addicts are victims, there are still choices that they have to made every day. Showing that he loses everything, struggles, fails, comes back, and he’s always just one choice away from falling back/death.
Just so powerful, moving and relevant. And it really sticks with you. As I read these episodes over the past two weeks, I spend many moments throughout the day thinking about these characters and the story. It will draw in the viewer and hold onto them tightly until the final minute.
I’ve told you how passionate I am about learning more and raising awareness about this epidemic. I’ve seen many documentaries, read many studies, but this story that you’ve told has the potential to shift thinking, to raise awareness, and have an extremely powerful impact.
Thank you again for sharing it with me. It will stick with me for a long time.