‘Made For Love’ on HBO Max: A Quick Recap of Season 1

made for love is part of HBO Max’s best original shows, incorporating dark comedy with morally unsound technology – so the Black Mirror parallels are strong in the best possible way. The series, starring Cristin Milioti and Ray Romano, returns for a second season on Thursday. It’s been a little over a year since Season 1 premiered, so if you need a refresher on what happened, this is the place to be.

Let’s go through a quick shot-by-shot (filled with spoilers, obviously) of the main plot points of Season 1.

Cristin Milioti opening a trapdoor in the desert.

Hazel Green by Cristin Milioti escapes her husband.

Photograph by John P. Johnson/HBO Max

Every Major Plot Point Of Season 1

How does it start

Our main protagonist is Hazel Green (Milioti), a woman who met tech billionaire Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen) when she was in college. Ten years later, they’re married, but it’s not the romance of Hollywood movies. Byron imprisoned Hazel in a virtual reality complex called the Hub, completely controlling her life. He implanted a chip in his brain called Made For Love that allows him to track his location and see through his eyes. He wants the chip to be a technology that changes the world and improves relationships, opening up all channels of communication.

Hazel tries to remove the chip

Hazel attempts to remove the implant from her head with the help of Dr. Fiffany Hodeck, who experimented on Byron’s dolphin, Zelda. Dr. Hodeck created the technology that shows sensory data and emotional cues – basically, the technology that reveals how someone really feels when the Made For Love chip is implanted. However, when Fiffany goes to Hazel to remove the chip, Hazel refuses, not trusting her.

Byron wants to “merge” with Hazel

Byron’s ultimate plan is to have head surgery and achieve a two-way fusion with Hazel, allowing him to see through her eyes as well and share the same mind. After chasing Hazel and sitting down to talk with her, he realizes his concept for Made For Love is controlling, one-sided, inauthentic, guarded, and immoral.

Hazel’s dad has cancer

When Hazel goes on the run, she spends time with her father Herb (Ray Romano) and his sex doll. Really. A sex doll. It’s just another unconventional relationship on this show. Although he finally agreed to sign the divorce papers in the last episode, Byron has one last card up his sleeve to keep Hazel in check: in exchange for Herb’s pancreatic cancer treatment, Bryon wants Hazel back in the Hub. She agrees, allowing Byron to secretly make a replica of Herb’s trailer and move into it. We leave Hazel as she enters her old home with Byron.

OKAY! You are now ready to watch season 2 of Made For Love. The first two episodes will air on Thursday.

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