When I heard the concept for Love in the time of CoronaI thought I had a heartwarmingly connected story in the style of Love actually or Valentine's day. And that's exactly what I got first! But as the limited series went on, I could only focus on the background of the novel pandonavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Instead of looking for the respective romances of Oscar (Tommy Dorfman) and Elle (Rainey Qualley), I thought about how unfortunate my quarantine sting had been in love. Instead of hoping that James (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Sade (Nicolette Robinson) could sort things out, I was preoccupied with dealing with the same mistakes we'd all made at the start of the pandemic. It just felt too soon for networks and streaming services to produce pandemic-centric media.
For medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy and The good doctorIt would not be realistic for them to ignore what is happening in the real world. Also for shows like This is us, the after Deadline has decided to "attack things head-on," a mention of COVID-19 is needed to put things in perspective. I'm not saying we can't deal with COVID-19 content at all, I'm just saying that people don't have to be overwhelmed when it comes to the pandemic. We experience it in real time and we tend to seek movies and television in order to escape. I am not looking for a show or movie where the main reason for acting is quarantine or protection due to COVID-19.
That's not to say Love in the time of Corona was bad; If anything, I enjoyed being able to turn my brain off and stop saying things like, "You won't have this party because you're still taking shelter." There have been a lot of moments when the limited series was extremely relatable, but I've also found relatable moments in shows that take place on different planets, so that probably doesn't say much. The entertainment industry as a whole needs to stop and ask, "Do or do people really want this?" Just because they can film things with webcams or iPhones doesn't mean they should. Sure, one day we might want to look back on fictional versions of COVID-19, but since we're still trying to get past it. . . That day is far away.