Any show shuffling different relationship elements provides itself with the endowment of plausibility and the test of adjusting everything simultaneously. While it will recount a few stories as opposed to depending on only one, a few characters can undoubtedly escape everyone’s notice, or, in all likelihood become undeniably less convincing when weighed against the others. Such is the situation for “With Love,” another Amazon Prime Video romantic comedy series from Gloria Calderón Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) that radiates brilliantly in certain accounts and falls disappointingly level in others.
More than five episodes, each unfurling throughout the span of an alternate occasion, “With Love” follows four interlocking couples as they fall in, out of, and back in adoration. Associating them all are individuals from the Diaz family, a rambling however closely knit bunch with a great deal of adoration, and in excess of a couple mutually dependent elements. The season subtleties just about an entire year of their lives, from an astounding Nochebuena festivity where Jorge Jr. (Mark Indelicato) acquaints the family with his new sexually open sweetheart (Vincent Rodriguez III), to the Independence Day that sees his sister Lily (Emeraude Toubia) and her new beau Santiago (Rome Flynn) move in together, to the Dia de los Muertos that sees everybody wavering among responsibility and calamity. It’s a delight to see a Latino family at the focal point of romantic tales like these, and a series that focuses on a more established couple like Lily and Jorge’s folks, Beatriz (Constance Marie) and Jorge Sr. (Benito Martinez), addresses a much needed development of speed. There’s a lot of sympathetic appeal lying somewhere within “With Love.” The issue is that those lines get increasingly unnatural, taking large numbers of the exhibitions with them.
When “With Love” is at its best, however, it’s generally when zeroing in on its two queerer couples. Javier and Lily’s cousin Sol (Isis King) is a genderqueer oncologist whose tease with their collaborator (Todd Grinnell) rapidly blooms into the genuine article. Ruler and Grinnell have the most moment, normal heartfelt science of anybody on the show, and watching their characters explore a relationship that will be significant, adoring, and unfailingly circumspect makes for a welcome exemption in the TV universe of predominantly shocking trans characters. With respect to Javier and Henry, they’re as of now genuine enough when we meet them to spend Christmas together; when we leave them, they’ve become genuine accomplices. They’re diverse enough from one another to be fascinating, yet not really far separated on qualities for them to feel generally contradictory.
That doesn’t, notwithstanding, remain constant for Lily and Santiago, who are apparently intended to make up the show’s most convincing will-they, will not they couple. The way “With Love” depicts their relationship is so unusual as to turn out to be tremendously befuddling. It takes very nearly three of the five episodes for them to have a significant discussion, and when they do, it’s a knockdown contention regarding how contrastingly they see the world, popping the air pocket of their sexual strain in monstrous design. And keeping in mind that the overall pride of monitoring everybody during significant occasions generally works, all things considered, it doesn’t help that the show plainly quick advances through the entirety of their glad achievements — implying that we fundamentally possibly get to see them when their relationship is on the rocks. Alternate extremes can draw in, however these contrary energies are far separated that it’s really difficult to pull for them when they unavoidably get together.
Entangling matters considerably further is that Toubia has significantly more science with Desmond Chiam, who plays Javier’s himbo closest companion Nick. However Lily demands she feels no sentiment towards Nick, watching them collaborate without any difficulty versus Lily and Santiago’s thorny scorn doesn’t serve the show’s unmistakable objective with them by any means. It’s past disappointing that this significant couple simply doesn’t land — yet at any rate, “With Love” gives us three different ones that make it turn out great.