‘Made for Love’: HBO Max’s Tech Satire Is Both Sardonic and Deeply, Deeply Creepy
Intimacy in relationships is so often about feeling seen. And for Byron Gogol, the tech billionaire at the center of the seriocomic HBO Max series “Made for Love,” there’s no better way to ensure his wife, a long-haired beauty named Hazel, feels understood than to surreptitiously implant a chip in her head that gives him access to “rudimentary emotional data” as well as her four senses.
That’s right, four senses: “Byron doesn’t believe in smell,” Hazel wryly explains to her father after escaping the serenely upscale, subtly menacing ultra-modern compound where she’s spent every day of her life with Byron for the entirety of their 10-year marriage. Played by the terrifically sly Cristin Milioti (“Palm Springs”), Hazel has more or less been bugged with a GPS tracking device to allow her husband to control her more than ever.
I found the show cheekily bewitching, both sardonic and deeply deeply disturbing, because intimacy is also about feeling safe. Realizing your body and brain are being monitored and surveilled by your partner 24/7 will undercut that every time...