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New Girl “Mars Landing” Review (3×20)

25 Mar

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Nick and Jess first kissed back in “Cooler”, and that began an excellently handled relationship arc that brought us laughs, tears, and full-on awkwardness. Yet, all good things are bound to come to an end sometime.

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New Girl “Prince” Review (3×14)

2 Feb

adf3fb50a6094258c2fd299aff524292Hey, it’s the show after the Super Bowl! Man, how many of you were just wishing the game would end so we could get to some fun TV? I sure was.

Obviously, New Girl is playing to a broader audience here, so understandably, some of the characterizations and scenarios themselves have to be broadened. Ultimately, it all does feel a bit contrived, but I do think the Nick-Jess “I love you” scenario works in the context of this being a post-Super Bowl episode. I get the feeling that the words have been said before, but they apparently haven’t been, so whatever.

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New Girl “Thanksgiving III” Review (3×10)

26 Nov

1e367419f3b3446ec40f01e1ca7052afHoliday episodes are outlets for full ensemble antics; they’re easy ways to get the whole gang together, celebrating a day and modeling around it. As for this particular episode, it’s a sweet, funny way to close out the 2013 year for New Girl (I have no idea why there isn’t a Christmas episode this year).

Several of the criticisms of this season have been valid; for example, the Nick-Jess relationship can become a bit too saccharine at times, and the Winston character is usually relegated to the C-plots. However, this episode strikes a nice balance between character and funny. I think the show’s certainly self-aware about the Winston stuff; there are a few more lines about him not getting a say in anything and the loss of the opportunity to make the craziest mugs, man. It’s good that the show is finally starting to remedy that; last week, Winston related with a stranger, and this week, he relates with someone he knows. He normally isn’t able to find much validation from others, and we’re hopefully moving in the right direction.

As for Nick and Jess, I’ve seen growth. There’s a part of Nick that is still surprised that he even has a relationship, so understandably, he overcompensates–catching a dead fish and having a “real” Thanksgiving–because he never wants it to end. The other part of him is more grounded–he tells Jess he doesn’t want her to patronize him, for example. This relationship hasn’t just turned him into a carbon copy of Jess; if it had, it wouldn’t have worked out.

However, I do feel like Coach is taking on a bit too many of Schmidt’s characteristics, one of them being his confidence. It’s nice to see Schmidt start to move on, but I don’t want a similar wooing plot in the future from Coach; still, I’m happy Cece’s getting more screen time.

All in all, it’s an entertaining episode that, while its plot is very meandering, is an effective way to celebrate Thanksgiving with the New Girl folk.

GRADE: B+

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-Delirious Jess is a delight. “I’m out of the office ’til Friday, for immediate assistance, please call Deb at extension A.C. Slater.”

-“Head first? Why?!”

-“My tolerance for alcohol has gotten really low. I drank 3 beers and I got all giggly and tired, and I didn’t want a fourth. I think I’m losing it; last night I had a dream I was brushing a horse.” So many gems from Jake Johnson tonight.

-“We walked all the way to Oregon?” “That explains the cramp…”

-Real men are on the bottom. Nothing purple grows in nature. George Washington hunted and milked his cats.

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New Girl “Menus” Review (3×08)

12 Nov

627-29Well, it looks like the show is on a groove. This week marks the second Coach episode, and it’s one of the funniest episodes to date. I’ve seen some grumblings about Coach, but I wouldn’t be so quick to jump the gun. First of all, Damon Wayans Jr. is absolutely hilarious. Second, on a character level, the show has a fantastic opportunity here; it’s just a matter of how well it’s executed.

Coach isn’t just a new presence in the loft; he’s flashier and more experienced. So far, we’ve seen him give advice to the others and call them out when they need it, and it’s a welcome change because these aren’t people that normally venture out of their comfort zones. We saw Winston stand up for himself last week due to Coach’s teasing, and that’s essentially what Coach does: he’s over the top, but it’s that personality that the others look up to. Coach fitting in better could cause Winston to reevaluate his place in the group and work to achieve something.

Do I wish Winston had more to do before? Yes. However, given the situation with his character, I feel like expanding on the Winston-Coach dynamic would help him. The writers haven’t wanted to expand on his relationships with the others, so this is the best we have. I really, really hope it leads somewhere other than Winston’s regular superfluous side stories.

As for the rest of the episode, Zooey Deschanel does amazing work as Conservation Jess, conveying the frustration of the situation and the traits that make her who she is. Her hot dog speech is comedy gold, as well as her anger at the restaurant owner as he’s closing the door (“I’m gonna burn down your building! I won’t do that, I won’t do that.”). As for Nick, I love seeing him interact with Coach; their dumpling fight is the best thing ever.

GRADE: A-

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-“You’ll be able to see your abs.” “I thought God just didn’t give me those.”

-“What’s up, Jason Street?” Oh man, this FNL reference makes my week.

-“I ain’t a quitter. IRONSIDE!”

-“Remember when you sat out that game because you were sad?” “I was also cold.”

-Ghostbusters sign.

-“I’m old-fashioned, Coney Island fat strong.”

-“Are you a doer or a dumpling-er?”

-Jess’s reaction to compliments is adorable.

-“PEANUTS stands for ‘Physical Education Activity Nuts!”

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New Girl “Coach” Review (3×07)

5 Nov

627-23Just a few quick thoughts…

-I like Winston finally standing up for himself at the end. As much as his random subplots are hilarious, his character should be fleshed out a bit more due to the presence of Coach, a guy that seemingly fits in better with the group than Winston himself does. This is a good opportunity to make him more of a character.

-Damon Wayans, Jr. also does great work as Coach here; he’s a bit more likeable than he was in the pilot, and although the group dynamics aren’t entirely sound, he’s a great addition to the cast. Also, I miss Happy Endings.

-Also, some nice subtle work done with Schmidt this week through his interactions with Nick (he’s unable to delineate why he’s mad at Nick); it feels like he’s moving in the right direction to take full responsibility for his previous actions, except, of course, when he’s arguing about Raiders of the Lost Ark.

-Taye Diggs is delightful here; also, he’s sure to make anyone feel a little something. I’m straight, but I can recognize how gorgeous he is.

-I like how the main plot isn’t just “Jess is angry at Nick because she’s afraid he’ll get it on with some strippers”. It was more that she can’t go and hang out with everyone else, in addition to the fact that Nick can’t call her his girlfriend in front of them. It takes a tired sitcom trope and made it a little better.

-It’s frustrating to watch Cece sabotage her friend’s relationship here. While she’s justified in stating her opinions, it’s not the right thing to say to Jess at the time; I’m glad she reverts on her feelings at the end.

-“Hey, did you hear the joke about the two white guys and the two black guys who walked into a police station? The white guys walked out.”

-The guys’ drunken slapfest outside of the police station is hilarious as well.

-“Put on pants?” Also, Nick throws pizza at seagulls.

-The other great Nick/Jess exchange, aside from their last one, is early on when they’re arguing about the strip club with Coach looking on. Jake Johnson’s various facial expressions throughout that scene are absolutely perfect, and I love his emphatic “I’m REALLY sorry!”

-“YEAHHH, WE GOT BIN LADEN!!! SEAL TEAM SIX!!!”
“Huh… I thought I watched that alone.”

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New Girl “Keaton” Review (3×06)

23 Oct

627-13Just a few quick bullets…

-This is a fantastic episode, both hilarious and emotionally resonant. It’s primarily a Schmidt-Nick episode, modeling everything else around their relationship. Both Greenfield and Johnson do great work here in both the flashbacks and present day, and the episode culminates in a sweet scene outside between Schmidt and Nick that brings everything to the forefront.

-I also like that Nick’s way in college of dealing with Schmidt’s suspicions was to knock him out. It’s hilarious, but it also gets at an underlying character development; now, Nick’s matured enough so that he can truly face others. Much as Schmidt needed the idea of Keaton, Nick needed to be Keaton; he wanted to be that Batman-type figure, but he couldn’t bring himself out of the shadows.

-The whole Michael Keaton concept could have staled pretty quickly, but the show is able to keep things moving and based upon character foundations, making sure it doesn’t tumble into the wells of cliche.

-It’s a nice, organic way to transition Schmidt out for now and bring in Coach. It’s understandable why he moves out, albeit a bit frustrating, but it’s a well-done storyline. And, he took the jar!

-I’m glad we see some more of Cece this week. She’s a big part of Schmidt’s actions and his thought process, and she’s been missed the last few weeks. Also, it’s nice to see two friends just sitting down and talking about what’s going on, and of course, “Batman-mobile.”

-“I guess I’ll always be the fat boy who eats fat-boy cheese.”

-“It is his entire acting philosophy, which I made up.”

-“What about when we met Michael Keaton at that deli, and he winked at us?” “I… I don’t know. Honestly that was the greatest day of my life.”

-The costumes are fantastic: Public Serpent, Joey Ramona Quimby, David Letterman, and Paper Mountain Trash….it’s just trash from his car.

-Jessica Damn Day.

-keatonpotatoes@aol.com is absolute genius.

-Winston and his thinking he watched The Truman Show is comedy gold.

-“Yes, I stole that from Nelson Mandela. I added the part about the Penguin and the Riddler.”

-“I’m simple, like Hemingway!”

-Michael Keaton helped Schmidt with his public erections.

GRADE: A-

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Tuesday Comedy Roundup-New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine

16 Oct

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Nick Miller is a guy with not much direction in his life, and this episode nicely reflects this idea; he avoids his bills, he doesn’t really understand how finances work, and he wants to play the saxophone in an alley while Jess walks by in a mini skirt, with a gem-studded purse. We’re starting to see signs of focus from him, but it still takes Jess a while to get him to do so. I’m glad she doesn’t set a quota here, as Nick isn’t the kind of person that’s going to live up to it; instead, the storyline culminates in a sweet, anti-bank “protest” at the end of the episode.

In addition to this, we have Schmidt trying to become a good person. I do like that Jess comes right out and states Schmidt’s transgression, and it helps motivate him to help a biker in need. Yet, as expected, the storyline doesn’t do much for him, but it’s a step in the right direction. The C-plot involves Winston, who strangely disappears for much of the episode; however, the final tag is a fantastic gag involving a candelabra and genies.

GRADE: B+

627-7BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, “The Vulture” (1×05)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine really seems to be finding itself and its characters, and its unique voice is now shining through, illuminating one of the best new shows of the year. This particular episode involves “The Vulture” (also known as Dennis Duffy from 30 Rock), a cop who swoops in and steals cases; Peralta takes offense to this and tries to vulture his own case. The episode does a nice job highlighting the virtues of having such a wonderful cast; Peralta’s team plays nicely off each other, especially with a running gag in regards to women having hairdryers in their purses.

In our B-plot, we have the wonderful trio of Braugher/Peretti/Crews, three actors whose characters shouldn’t work together, but do. They highlight each others’ differences, and each shines in a sweet storyline, one in which Holt just wants to help his friend.

Ultimately, the gears are fully oiled and running for this show, and hopefully we see some upticks in the ratings soon.

GRADE: B+

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New Girl “Double Date” Review (3×03)

2 Oct

627-2Just some quick bullets coming up…

-Obviously, the main object of attention in this episode is Schmidt’s storyline. I find this whole storyline so understandable, yet so frustrating. I’d argue that it’s actually necessary for Schmidt because honestly, is he the kind of person that’s going to just scrap his current way of life and begin anew? He needs this, and perhaps Jess and Nick need it as well. I think the reason we find it frustrating is because we don’t need it. Schmidt being an absolute dick is not something we need to see, and it certainly isn’t pleasant to watch. That’s totally understandable, too. I think a major part of our problems with this episode stems from the complete tonal shift at the end (before that Jess-Nick perfection, anyway). It just seems so dark, so not New Girl, and so not what we want to see. It all depends on how the writers handle this.

-I continue to love the Jess-Nick dynamics. Whether it be them engaging in some simple country lawyer role play, sharing hidden secrets about themselves, having no-kiss sex, or just driving in a car, they are a constant source of blissful happiness.

-Winston’s arc is once again hilarious, but I can’t help but feel bad for him. The sight of him alone at that table, as well as the other patrons sarcastically clapping after he remarks that he has friends, is a one-two sucker punch amidst all the hilarity.

-“I bought 10,000 minutes in 1999 and I’m still using them.”

-Nick’s happy dance is awesome.

-“I’m not convinced I know how to read. I just memorized a bunch of words.”

-The whole “I’m going to break you up” stuff is really, really strange. I’m tentative about this road the show is taking here.

-See ya, Elizabeth. Merritt Wever did some fantastic work on this show, and she’ll be missed.

-“I will break the two of you up when you least expect it, or when you most expect it…which may be when you least expect it….”

-Nick is a “Crumb bum” and “Long Island Street Trash.”

-“I am sexually attracted to ladybugs.”

-“I think horses are from outer space.” “I do too!” “Okay, good.”

-“You think you can have a bunch of wives? You get 1 wife! It’s the way the world works!” “WHY?!” “…I don’t know.”

GRADE: B+

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New Girl “All In” Review (3×01)

18 Sep

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Season 2 of New Girl was one of my favorite comedic seasons of all time, unexpectedly becoming a show that I still unabashedly love. Just seeing all these characters back on my television screen is a godsend, so I probably like the premiere more right now more than I will on re-watch.

Anyway, the episode sends Nick and Jess off to Mexico on a honeymoon of sorts, which is a move that makes perfect sense. Their relationship is booming, and like any reasonable people, they don’t want it to end. Sending them to Mexico places them in a fantasy from which they never want to leave. Of course, that’s not realistic in the slightest. Nick eventually gets arrested, and Schmidt and Winston find their way across the border, emphasizing the fact that the loft shenanigans will follow them wherever they go.

It’s really a very layered, complex handling of this relationship, and it’s been pleasantly surprising given the fact that it’s a young-skewing show that tries to appeal to the masses. Nick and Jess are genuinely in love, and the show portrays both the difficulties and the delirious highs of a relationship.

Getting back to the episode itself, the one thing I have a problem with is Schmidt’s character. Season 2 made incredible strides with him, transforming him into a more endearing person due to his relationship with Elizabeth. Here, his “dilemma” is incredibly frustrating, and I wish that he would just pick someone. This isn’t the Schmidt we’ve seen recently.

As for Winston, his plot is hilarious, but has no real substance. That’s been indicative of pretty much all of his subplots, and I wish he had more to do. Still, the revelation that he’s color blind is pretty much the best thing ever.

All in all, it’s a welcome, yet flawed, return for New Girl. However, it’s still the hilarious show we’ve come to love.

Grade: B+

Other thoughts:

-“OH MY GOD PULL OVER! That piñata’s shaped like a monkey!” *Cut to commercial*

-The scene where Winston and Schmidt are mouthing at each other behind CeCe’s back is amazing. “I drove there to seduce her…and I seduced her 2 1/2 times.”

-“A blind man could feel the smooth edge of a corner piece!” I love Schmidt’s frustration with Winston.

-“If you think these shows are brown, what color do you think you are?”

-“DISGUSTING TRASH PERSON GARBAGE CHILD!”

-“He’s color blind, which basically makes him a cripple.”

-“My name is Winston Bishop. I’m color blind and I can’t do puzzles. Now let us go home.”

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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

29 Aug

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s only a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

Nick-Offerman-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  NICK OFFERMAN, “Parks and Recreation”

It blows my mind why the Emmy voters would overlook such a fantastic character as Ron Swanson. He had a great year of food poisoning, wood-working, and wedding attending, and his relationship with Lucy Lawless’ character was unexpectedly sweet. He’s one of the best characters on television.

mikewhite3_small-f132f8391e4e2a1ddced6175f92b91954bcc74cd-s6-c30  MIKE WHITE, “Enlightened”

First of all, this is one of my favorite shows of all time, even though it only spanned a woefully short two seasons. White is also the creator of the series, but he’s also an amazing actor. His character is awkward, heartbreaking,, and complex, and he and Molly Shannon created one of the best, most beautiful TV romances you’ll ever see.

new-girl-schmidt  MAX GREENFIELD, “New Girl”

I probably would’ve given this slot to Jake Johnson, but he submitted for the “lead actor” category. Greenfield is great, though, conveying a hilarious outer demeanor and spewing a ton of hilarious quotes. However, he took it a step further this year as the show explored more of his past, in particular a young relationship that was funny and endearing.

girls_adam_8a.jpg.CROP.multipart2-medium  ADAM DRIVER, “Girls”

His character, and the show, are extremely polarizing amongst both fans and detractors. However, that’s because his performance is so fantastic. He did some amazing work at the end of the season, inspiring hatred, adoration, and discussion galore on the Internet, and his character arc was one of the most interesting on TV last year.

stefon-wedding-veil  BILL HADER, “Saturday Night Live”

While SNL hasn’t been consistently good in a while, Hader’s been the anchor of the cast. His farewell season ended with a bang, as the fan-favorite Stefon married Seth Meyers in an amazing segment that involved Anderson Cooper and all of Stefon’s club friends. He’ll be missed, for sure.

nup-155435-0604-jpg  RAINN WILSON/JOHN KRASINSKI, “The Office”

I know I’m cheating a bit here, but I just had to give them both credit. Krasinski has never been nominated for his work, which I find appalling, and Wilson hasn’t been nominated in a while. They both did fantastic work in this final season, especially near the end of the show’s run, and they deserve recognition for it. Jim-Pam was still the heart of the show, and you also can’t imagine the show without Dwight Schrute.

Who Should Win?

I’d narrow it down to Offerman and White, but I don’t know who I’d pick.

Others considered: Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Ty Burrell, Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Tony Hale (Veep), Matt Walsh, Jack McBrayer, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, DJ Qualls, Luke Wilson, Simon Templeman, Chris Pratt, James Van Der Beek, Jason Gann, Jim Rash, Jeffrey Tambor

And on to the real nominations…

Ty Burrell-Modern Family

Adam Driver-Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson-Modern Family

Bill Hader-Saturday Night Live

Tony Hale-Veep

Ed O’Neill-Modern Family

Who should win?

Driver

Who will win?

Burrell

Analysis: Driver undoubtedly delivers the most complex, layered performance here, but I think it’s a safe bet that the Emmy voters will give the award to one of their Modern Family darlings; in this case, it’s Burrell.

Credit to NBC, HBO, FOX, New Girl, The Office, Enlightened, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, and Girls for all pictures. I own nothing.

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