In terms of a short drama series, Wolf Like Me is an interesting concept.
Set in Adelaide, Australia, Gary (Josh Gad) is a single father living with his 11-year-old daughter Emma (Ariel Donoghue). Both are still emotionally traumatised by the death of Emma's mother, Lisa, 7 years earlier.
Struggling to even get through the day, their relationship is a mess, with Emma finding it particularly difficult to cope.
But then a freak car accident forever changes their lives when they meet Mary (Isla Fisher, Godmothered), an advice columnist recovering from her complex emotional baggage.
Gary and Mary hit it off, but Mary's unusual behaviour raises some questions about her stability. She's as much of an emotional wreck as Gary and despite her attempts to stay away, they keep meeting again and again.
When Gary bumps into Mary one too many times, he has to question if it is a coincidence or if the universe brought them together. He wants to make a go of it with Mary but she has something to hide.
So what is wrong with Mary? When he discovers her secret, Gary struggles with the choice he has to make. Stay away or accept her as she is, knowing how positively she impacts his and Emma's lives?
Wolf Like Me Official Trailer
Is Wolf Like Me Worth Watching?
With only six episodes, Wolf Like Me does a great job of presenting complex yet empathetic characters that are really easy to watch and root for.
You can see how completely destroyed both Gary and Emma are over Lisa's death. You can feel the tension as their relationship continually hits the rocks despite Gary's efforts to connect with his child.
Mary is a bright light in their lives, yet her own ‘full moon' issues bring their own problems, and I suppose that's where I personally struggled with the tv series.
While believable, it was just a bit bonkers to play off Mary's secret as a perfectly normal phenomenon. I couldn't quite grasp the analogy that Wolf Like Me was trying to present.
Is the concept of the ‘wolf' code for something else or is it just what it is? Either way, I suppose it doesn't really make a difference to the story. It's a barrier to their relationship, and nobody is perfect.
The scene in the Australian outback is particularly graphic, which soldified how dangerous Mary can be so it comes down to whether or not a terrified Gary can get over her issues and how they will affect Emma.
Overall Wolf Like Me is interesting, and Isla Fisher and Josh Gad do a great job of keeping it real and engaging. Stand out though is Ariel Donoghue who is superb as Emma.
Where To Watch Wolf Like Me?
Wolf Like Me is a streaming dark comedy-drama series produced by Stan in association with NBCUniversal and Peacock.
It premiered on both streaming services on 13 January 2022 and outside of the US, you can watch Wolf Like Me on Amazon Prime.
It is included in your subscription so if the idea of watching Gary and Mary embark on a rather unusual relationship floats your boat, then you can stream it now.
Is There A Second Season of Wolf Like Me?
Wolf Like Me was produced by Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky. It was written by Abe Forsythe, who also directed all 6 episodes.
The series was filmed in the Inner West of Sydney in the suburbs of Forest Lodge, Glebe, Ashfield and Ashbury, Western Sydney and regional NSW.
In April 2022, Peacock renewed the series for a second season. So we will definitely get a continuation of Wolf Like Me and with plenty of threads to get resolved, it should be a good one.
Wolf Like Me Cast
Isla Fisher as Mary, a widow with a huge secret
Josh Gad (Artemis Fowl) as Gary, a widower and single father
Ariel Donoghue as Emma, Gary's daughter
Emma Lung as Sarah, Gary's sister-in-law
Anthony Taufa as Ray, Sarah's partner
Alan Dukes as Trevor, Emma's Psychiatrist
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