Explaining Nathan Fielder to people who don’t understand Nathan Fielder

Nathan Fielder
Nathan Fielder via Seth Myers (NBC via Getty)

Nathan Fielder.

Ah, what a complicated, socially awkward man, known for his overly complicated and sometimes downright obscene forays into people’s minds and the backsides of corporations.

Some people think Fielder is a psychopath. Other, a genius. Maybe he is both. But no one can deny that his works, Nathan For You and now The Rehearsal, have provided some of the best television shows of the 21st century.

While in “Your Nathan” Fielder Proposing convoluted solutions for business owners to increase their profits, in The Rehearsal he tries to “help” people rehearse real life experiences with constructed sets and actors before they happen.

recently a New Yorker The article, titled “The Cruel and Arrogant Gaze Of Nathan Fielder’s ‘The Rehearsal’,” described the show as “a wet blast of insincere self-mockery that exhausts itself in the first few minutes of the episode.” indifferent”. The writer was barely five minutes into the first episode when he was about to throw his laptop across the room — “or just to kick Nathan Fielder out.”

Viewers are allowed to like or dislike TV shows based on their own assessment of the characters and plots, but when the joke flies as high as it did here, one wonders if the article itself a plot point in a hidden scheme, Fielder fights against the world. Either that, or you’re wondering, “Do some people just not get it?” And if so, “How?”

When it comes to The Rehearsal, the plot isn’t just clever, it’s tongue-in-cheek. In a world built on predictability—corporate data profiles you know better than you think you know yourself—Nathan uses the same algorithmic predictability to handle the potentially uncomfortable nature that arises from the desire to connect or set right a situation results.

“Fielder can’t relinquish control; his obsession with detail, with predicted outcomes, bespeaks his failure as a filmmaker,” the New Yorker review continued. Again it had missed the point.

What “The Rehearsal” shows us is that human behavior cannot in fact be rehearsed, as exemplified in several failed rehearsals throughout the series. We saw it when he had to join in episode two after rubbing a guest wrong and in episode 3 when one of his studies, Patrick, didn’t show up for rehearsal. The point is that Nathan fails to control life in a world where life is so controlled. That’s what makes it fun too.

Granted, the antics of Nathan Fielder can Be cruel he does Take advantage of well-meaning people (even if people on his show don’t get the joke) and either way his antics are ridiculous (you might remember the one time on “Nathan For You” where he made a deal that sold Poo flavored yogurt). But his intrigues often point to deeper narratives of human behavior. Beyond the cruelty (and Nathan is actually the cruelest to himself), the interactions between his self-deprecating character and the people he wants to “help” highlight the opposite – empathy and sincerity – and point people towards what they’re after most crave the world: human connection.

Nathan’s character is designed to be the one who always misses the point. One who never really gets it. His deadpan style and pronounced inability to read people and situations — like when he pays a woman to like him and ends up believing she’s in love with him in “Nathan For You” — makes every episode whether it’s an episode or not be it ‘Nathan for You’ or ‘The Rehearsal’, so captivating. While the whole point of his show revolves around helping people, his calculated and designed on-screen persona neglects the tools needed to do so in a meaningful way. But that’s the point. He’s an outsider by nature.

When it comes to his plans, they are intentionally complex and over the top, offering viewers a vehicle for the study of American consciousness in their bravery. “Nathan For You” offers an ongoing critique of a culture of consumerism, the American dream, and a “hustle” mentality that encourages us to get to the top by any means necessary. The Rehearsal, on the other hand, delves into the lack of human connection in a world divided by screens.

Even if some viewers find “Nathan For You” unfunny or something they don’t understand, in the end, all you need to know is that this is one big joke. None of his plans are serious, nor are they intended to work. Instead, they open the door to more complex problems faced by people around the world. And that’s the real art of Fielder’s work.

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