Tear Along the Dotted Line season 1 review – the story of an anxious individual

November 17, 2021
Daniel Hart 1
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Tear Along the Dotted Line does well with its transitioning, highlighting between the rational and irrational and keeping the animation imaginative and colorful.

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3.5

Summary

Tear Along the Dotted Line does well with its transitioning, highlighting between the rational and irrational and keeping the animation imaginative and colorful.

This review of Netflix’s animated series Tear Along the Dotted Line season 1 does not contain spoilers.

As someone who gets anxious about the simplest of social decisions, Netflix’s Tear Along the Dotted Line is as relatable as it gets. The adult animated series that surfaces a cartoonist named Zero who lives in Rome is a hectic case study of a character that thinks at 1,000 miles per hour. There’s an irony that he’s called Zero.

Each episode is fast-paced and demanding. Zero lives a life of simplicity but regret. Most of the guilt comes from an abundance of overthinking and zealous decision-making. From wondering how to act in front of a girl he has a crush on to trying out a new pizza (rather than the dull but agreeably tasty Margherita), the animated series shows how his mind races.

And it is the frantic nature of the character that keeps this 6-episode fest an easy breeze. Zero spends most of the chapters pondering his life decisions and his would-be love as he and his friends venture out of the city.

The franticness works purely because of aggressive voice acting and well-delivered animation. Tear Along the Dotted Line does well with its transitioning, highlighting between the rational and irrational and keeping the animation imaginative and colorful. The story seeks refuge in Zero’s mind but brings him back to earth as a friend tells him to calm down. There’s a relatable moment in the series where Zero describes how he always leaves home 3 hours early for a 1-hour journey in case something happens. There are three kinds of people in this world; those who are just on time, those who are fashionably late (with zero shame), and those who are too early. I’m 100% the latter, so I embraced this story with appreciation.

Tear Along the Dotted Line is barely an investment, and so, it comes highly recommended. I’d watch the second installment of this. The energy and enthusiasm are worthy of continuation.

What did you think of Netflix’s animated series Tear Along the Dotted Line season 1? Comment below.

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1 thought on “Tear Along the Dotted Line season 1 review – the story of an anxious individual

  • November 20, 2021 at 7:55 am
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    For me this show had me up and down in a way that had me talking out loud alone in my room. You aren’t supposed to like the main character, he’s not “the lead in a film that isn’t about him”. I didn’t like him, but I could relate and most importantly I sympathised for him. I think that the moments that I disliked during the course of watching the show quickly made sense by the finale. Once I had perspective and hindsight it made sense which feels like an apt way to describe the events of the story. Often perspective and hindsight make things more clear.

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