This put up incorporates spoilers for The Rehearsal.
What’s The Rehearsal? Why is Nathan Fielder doing this to himself? What’s the finish purpose, past Fielder having entertained himself with how exhausting he can mindfuck folks into doing his unusual bidding? These are questions which have clawed on the critically acclaimed HBO sequence, pushing the wheel on countless cycles of discourse and galvanizing conspiracy theories that the entire present is pretend.
However within the actuality camp, there are two opposing stances: Fielder is both a manipulative jerk whose schtick is irredeemable, or he’s a comedic genius whose social experiments reveal greater than we will think about in regards to the human situation. Within the present’s fourth episode, titled “The Fielder Technique,” the present’s devious creator takes an interesting step towards dispelling the previous stance, addressing the ethical conundrum on the coronary heart of his unusual creation.
Within the episode, which aired Friday evening, Fielder continues the parenting undertaking with Angela. However then he decides to go on a aspect quest, opening an appearing college in Los Angeles the place he can prepare actors within the “Fielder Technique”—I.e. instructing them methods to do the obsessive appearing work that his present requires, with the hopes that he can really rent them for The Rehearsal.
Fielder asks his actors to stalk a random particular person, dubbed their “main,” to allow them to discover ways to grow to be them. He even arranges for his actors to work at their main’s job, to allow them to be totally immersed in character. It’s absurd however surprisingly charming, owing to the truth that actors—a uniquely thick-skinned bunch in comparison with the on a regular basis people who sometimes find yourself on the present—are recreation for this type of ridiculata. It’s craft, in a means!
Nonetheless, one actor, a person named Thomas, is uncomfortable with all of it. With a purpose to perceive Thomas’s hesitation, Fielder takes a most Fielderian method: turning Thomas into his main, restaging the primary Fielder Technique class, and hiring an actor to play himself, Nathan. Being in Thomas’s footwear is revealing (or “revealing,” because it’s by no means clear what’s actual and what’s pretend). As Thomas, Fielder “realizes” the premise of the varsity is complicated, and finds it troubling that the category is being filmed. “Wait, what is that this present?” Fielder-as-Thomas thinks to himself. “Is that this a present about an appearing class? Am I alleged to be appearing? One thing doesn’t make sense. If you happen to’re coaching actors for a present, why would you be filming the coaching?”
He continues, fretting to himself when a producer (additionally a employed actor, per the present’s credit) rushes the scholars to signal an settlement kind to be on the present. There’s a understanding high quality to the scene, with Fielder placing himself within the footwear of the folks he‘s toyed with on each The Rehearsal and his earlier sequence, Nathan For You. (Some members of the latter present have brazenly stated they felt manipulated by Fielder.) Fielder-as-Thomas finally indicators the shape on account of peer strain. The scene, extremely staged and all too fleeting, is probably the closest Fielder has ever come to acknowledging how disorienting his calls for are for normal folks entering into his world.
In fact, that window of introspection rapidly closes when Fielder decides he should go one step additional and dwell in Thomas’s house. He makes the actual Thomas go dwell in a reproduction of his main’s condominium, with two actors employed to play his main’s roommates. (Certainly one of many what-the-fuck moments that remind you this present is a dwelling hallucination.) Thomas is seemingly unaware that Fielder plans to maneuver into his condominium, assuming Fielder needs his keys simply so he can acquire his mail and water his vegetation whereas he’s gone. Now, except you’re within the camp that thinks this whole present is staged (it’s doable!), it’s exhausting not really feel badly for Thomas when you see Fielder deal with his residence prefer it’s simply one other set.
It’s harking back to the obvious trickery of the primary episode of The Rehearsal, through which Fielder has crew members pose as fuel firm staff and go into participant Kor Skeete’s condominium, all to allow them to secretly map out his house and recreate it in a warehouse. Wildly creepy! However…is it actual?