Currently trending on the streaming service, ‘Love’ finds its cast on a weekend getaway in Hemet
■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
It’s not often Hemet gets put on the map. However, just a couple of weeks ago, millions of viewers were made aware of Hemet, California when it became the focus of one of Netflix’s original hit series.
Judd Apatow, writer and director behind works such as “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” created Netflix original series, “Love” just two years ago. The raunchy comedy-drama series follows two contrasting 30-something year-olds gradually falling in love with each other; Gus (Paul Rust), a dorky studio lot tutor nice-guy and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), a radio station assistant struggling with her sobriety.
As of March 9, 2018, Netflix subscribers can stream the third and final season of the critically acclaimed show from the comfort of their homes. The first episode of the new season entitled “Palm Springs Getaway,” saw the four lead characters—Mickey, Gus, Bertie, and Randy—head from Los Angeles to Palm Springs for a much-needed vacation. They hit the road when Randy offers his cousin’s place for the four of them to stay for the weekend, but they soon discover that the house is actually located in Palm Springs’ “cousin-city,” Hemet.
“We just thought it would be fun to set it in a place that is near the place they were promised, but not actually Palm Springs. I don’t know who decided Hemet was the call,” explained Apatow, one of the episode’s co-writers. “I am ready to accept my key to the city.”
While the rural locations seen in the episode appear similar to the geographic landscape of Hemet, it’s pretty clear that the show did not film in town.
Sharon Buck, public relations and communications officer at Netflix, revealed that the “Hemet” locations were actually filmed near Palmdale, California. “As you know, the show didn’t actually film [in Hemet].”
As with many of the films and TV series Apatow has produced, “Love” is a realistic, down-to-earth portrayal of a look into everyday adult life and its many junctures, including dating. The series essentially plays as a (well-written) romantic comedy for mature audiences.
The remainder of the 33-minute episode hilariously revolves around the city of Hemet, beginning when the four friends roll into town as they gaze out the car windows in dissatisfaction. “Fun fact: this is the town where meth was invented,” jokes Mickey.
When they reach the vacation house (which expectedly does not meet their expectations), Gus and Mickey promise each other to make the most of the weekend, surmising that Hemet is “no match” for them.
They soon run into some of the Hemet townspeople, including a grouchy, foul-mouthed, arm-bearing, elderly neighbor, and a house full of uptight, white, upper-middle-class Hemet socialites when they crash a day-party.
The group continue to find themselves disappointed at nearly every turn. About halfway into the episode, a character even wakes up with strange bites all over her arm, only to discover there’s a large lizard in her room.
They repeatedly shout “this place sucks!” toward the end of their stay, when the two couples’ pent-up frustration is realized, erupting in an incredibly vulgar feud of insults, aspersions, and swearing between them. Reminder: the show isn’t for the easily offended.
While the episode paints the city in a rather harsh light, any good sport who lives in town should be able to find the humor in what is the start to a satisfying conclusion of the series. “Love” is currently streaming all three seasons now, on Netflix.