What is Bonding
Bonding is a recently released comedy TV series produced by and available on Netflix. It’s two main characters are Tiff, played by Zoe Levin and Pete, played by Brendan Scannell. Tiff is a University/College student, who is financing her studies by working as a Dominatrix. The gay character of Pete has known Tiff since their childhood schooldays and is employed by her as as an assistant/bodyguard/general go fer. Pete is also a wannabe comedian. The series revolves around the adventures of this dynamic duo, both inside the world of professional BDSM and in more mainstream life. The series is loosely based on the experiences of the shows main production initiator, Rightor Doyle and his time as an assistant to a Dominatrix.
My opinion of Bonding as a TV comedy
On the whole I am glad that someone attempted to tackle this subject in such a way but I do believe that this is a bit of a failed effort, at the moment. As a comedy series, it cannot be expected that the story lines are fully reflective of the Professional BDSM scene but the story lines, in this case, are just too far from reality to have any believability. Also, as a comedy series, it needs to be a bit funnier.
I have a little theory as to what might have gone wrong. Unlike on this side of the Atlantic, comedy series from North America are usually written by teams of writers, rather than individuals. I suspect that Rightor Doyle started of with a good idea, based on real life experiences and then a lot of people, without a clue about this world, started to stick their grimy fingers into the pie and ruined the plot lines. Thus causing ludicrous scenes, such as Penguin Wrestling. If any members of the Penguin Wrestling community would like to disagree with me about this, please leave a comment at the end of this post.
A nasty truth included in Bonding
And that brutal truth is the high level of inexcusable Misandry, that is found within the BDSM and Spanking communities. In this case we see the character of Tiff swooping into a situation, where a female class mate is being victimised by a sexual predator and heroically saving her, well done Tiff. During the series the same character meets a couple who become her clients. The female of this couple is violently and without consent, abusing her husband. Not only does no one feel that they should intervene in this situation but it is worked into the comedy element of the story line and normalised within the series. I find this to be a highly unacceptable attitude to adopt in this form of media.
The school report
Bonding is only worth a D- including a note to report to the study of the Head Mistress.
This series shows great potential but needs to make more effort and resist being distracted by those who have no or little personal experience of the subject matter.
Will there be a second series?
Although this comedy program has been highly slated, both from inside the kinky community and in the mainstream arena, it did get very good viewing figures and so a second series may be possible. Personally, I would like to see a second series. There are many examples of comedy series that where judged to be failures after the first series, Blackadder jumps to mind, but proceeded to become something special, in later series. I think with a more knowledgeable writing team and a bit less idiocy and more reality, this could become something worth watching, both for the Kinksters of this world and the Vanilla community.