'The Village' season 1: You don't get to choose your relatives but you can choose your family
NBC's upcoming show 'The Village' challenges the very idea of family and is empowering with its vision of a world where we get to choose who becomes our family
The premiere of NBC's highly-anticipated family drama is just a week away and what we know so far is that the show revolves around the theme of family. This has led to mixed reactions with many believing that the series will be yet another family-themed drama preaching that family is everything. Many have even compared the show to NBC's 'This Is Us.'
Going by the trailer and the teasers released so far, that seems unlikely. The characters stand out on their own way and the show challenges the very idea of family. Saccharine for sure, but 'The Village' radiates the idea that you have a say in who becomes your family.
There's a freedom lurking behind this family drama that not many family dramas offer. With its unconventional line that you don't get to choose who your relatives are but you can choose your family, the show examines what it means to be a family.
'The Village' is the name of an apartment building in Brooklyn and people from diverse backgrounds dwell there. At first look, it is like any other residential New York City apartment. Just like 'Friends' — the most-loved sitcom where an apartment is brought to life by a quirky and well-loved group of people — 'The Village' is brought to life with its share of endearing characters. However, the only difference is that this show will most likely make you cry your eyes out, but not in a typical sad-story way.
The emotion spurs from the choices these characters make. For example, when we meet Nick Porter (Warren Christie), a war veteran returning from Afghanistan, he makes a choice to restart his life and mingle with the residents of the building despite not understanding the idea of a family. When we meet Sarah (Michaela McManus), a single mother to Katie (Grace Van Dien), we see her make a choice of devoting herself to work as a nurse to make ends meet. Katie, a pregnant teenager, also has to make an important choice. Patricia (Lorraine Toussaint), who will quickly win your heart as the matriarch of the building, is torn between the choice of telling the truth and hurting her family or keeping silent and hurting herself. Ava (Moran Atias), threatened by the ICE and bound to be deported, makes a concrete choice to fight back for the sake of her young US-born son.
The choices you end up making making you seems to be the motto here. All these individuals on the show make a conscious choice to be a family as they come together to share a drink or two, or dance to some slow music on the rooftop of the Brooklyn building.
"I think, in life, we're looking for people we can connect with and that's the beautiful thing about 'The Village,' it's about family," Michaela McManus says in the first sneak peek, adding "and the truth of it is, we do get to choose."
"Relatives, you have no choice, but family, you choose," reiterates Lorraine Toussaint.
Those who aren't sure if this show is worth the watch, it is your choice, of course. However, 'The Village' proves that, in a world said to be full of strangers, family is a choice waiting to happen.