Co-creator Jacky St. James, a well-known writer/director of pornographic movies, saw the hype surrounding the book and movie Fifty Shades of Grey and was rather put out by it, to her that was not a proper depiction of the BDSM lifestyle, citing that it "Passed off an abusive relationship as an honest interpretation of the BDSM lifestyle.” So with this Showtime series she hopes to inform and educate people on what is a healthy and consensual relationship in the world of bondage and submission, and will deal with realistic portrayals of such people. The series central character is Ashley Pendleton (Ashlynn Yennie), a young woman who escapes a terrible relationship, one whose poor sex abilities was about to put her in a sleep induced coma, and to the darker side of sexuality. Ashley is the audience identification figure, but unlike say Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, she’s actually heard of a butt plug.
Though it’s possible her ex-boyfriend never has.After a nasty scene with her ex Ashley takes up her best friend Jules (Victoria Levine) offer to share her place in the small town of Ivy; it seems like a quaint place but then she is a bit taken aback when on her first day she witnesses the owner of the local coffee shop having sex in the backroom of his establishment. Raif (Kevin Nelson), the coffee shop owner, offers Ashley a job, and which she gladly takes because this is clearly a place with a great working environment. It’s when she meets Dylan (Raylin Joy), who is to be one of her roommates with Jules, that things get a bit tense because it turns out that Dyan is the selfsame woman that Ashley saw Raif screwing earlier. Dylan is free spirited sexual dynamo whose kinky side is far beyond just having sex in public places (Note: She’s not limited to men as she seduces one oblivious dude’s girlfriend into a lesbian tryst in the coffee shop bathroom), but her real paying gig is procuring girls who will sexually submit to the mysterious Elliot (Justin Berti).
Kind of a “personal shopper” for the kinky inclined.Things get interesting when Ashley comes across the book “Slave” by local erotic fiction author Nolan Keats that Dylan left lying out. The sexual submission of the books protagonist lights a fire inside Ashley, sparking her into masturbatory fantasies, and she becomes obsessed with finding out who this reclusive author is.
Did I mention that her friend Jules is having a lesbian affair with her married boss Scarlet (Nika Khitrova)? So far I’ve probably given you the impression that Jacky St. James’s Submission is full of sex and nothing else, which is what one could expect from a series about sexual submission, but there is a lot more going on here; I’d say this show is kind of a cross between Sex & the City and The Story of O. The biggest hurdle the show has is putting in the seemingly required three sex scenes into each thirty minute episode. Something is going to suffer.