This put up accommodates 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 onerous he can mindfuck individuals into doing his unusual bidding? These are questions which have clawed on the critically acclaimed HBO collection, pushing the wheel on infinite cycles of discourse and provoking 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 are able to think about concerning 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 night time, Fielder continues the parenting mission with Angela. However then he decides to go on a facet quest, opening an appearing college in Los Angeles the place he can prepare actors within the “Fielder Technique”—I.e. instructing them tips on how to do the obsessive appearing work that his present requires, with the hopes that he can truly rent them for The Rehearsal.
Fielder asks his actors to stalk a random individual, dubbed their “main,” to allow them to discover ways to turn into 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 folks who sometimes find yourself on the present—are recreation for this type of ridiculata. It’s craft, in a means!
Nevertheless, one actor, a person named Thomas, is uncomfortable with all of it. With the intention to perceive Thomas’s hesitation, Fielder takes a most Fielderian strategy: 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 imagined to be appearing? One thing doesn’t make sense. In the event you’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 realizing high quality to the scene, with Fielder placing himself within the footwear of the individuals he‘s toyed with on each The Rehearsal and his earlier collection, Nathan For You. (Some individuals of the latter present have overtly stated they felt manipulated by Fielder.) Fielder-as-Thomas ultimately indicators the shape as a result of peer stress. 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 individuals entering into his world.
In fact, that window of introspection shortly closes when Fielder decides he should go one step additional and stay in Thomas’s house. He makes the true Thomas go stay in a reproduction of his main’s residence, with two actors employed to play his main’s roommates. (One among many what-the-fuck moments that remind you this present is a residing hallucination.) Thomas is seemingly unaware that Fielder plans to maneuver into his residence, assuming Fielder needs his keys simply so he can gather his mail and water his crops whereas he’s gone. Now, except you’re within the camp that thinks this complete present is staged (it’s potential!), it’s onerous not really feel badly for Thomas when you see Fielder deal with his residence prefer it’s simply one other set.
It’s paying homage to the obvious trickery of the primary episode of The Rehearsal, wherein Fielder has crew members pose as fuel firm workers and go into participant Kor Skeete’s residence, all to allow them to secretly map out his house and recreate it in a warehouse. Wildly creepy! However…is it actual?