Posts tagged jake johnson
Posts tagged jake johnson
I don’t know what it is this season, but Fox’s shows are lacking in the good writing. Much like new fellow new comer Terra Nova, New Girl has potential but fails to deliver on it.
Of the 9 episodes that have aird so far, I’ve found maybe 2-3 enjoyable. The rest left me feeling like I wasted an thirty minutes of my time. Tonight’s episode “The 23rd” was no different.
There isn’t much I actually did enjoy out of tonight’s episode. I think the show is moving too quickly. It’s spending too much time focusing on Jess and her “dorkness” and very little time actually developing the characters. For instance, we haven’t seen enough of Jess and Justin Long’s character for me to develop an attachment for their relationship. So their relationship falling apart over the course of the episode, didn’t intrigue me at all. Mostly I was just upset that Justin Long was leaving. I’ve enjoyed seeing him on my television, even on such a so so comedy.
New Girl may be “Bad in Bed,” but this week’s episode proved it may be bad overall. In my opinion the show reached its lowest point yet.
A few weeks ago Jess couldn’t get the word “penis” out of her mouth, and now she is watching porn in order to get ideas for her boyfriend. I would expect sex with Jess to be awkward, but this was awkward in all the wrong ways. Personally, I found “Bad in Bed” to be the most intolerable episode of the series thus far. Even my love for Justin Long couldn’t save this.
Everything about this episode felt distant and uncomfortable. I completely understand where Nick is coming from with the barber shop and the uncomfortable gossips, but He is what thirty something, by this point in his life I would expect he has grasped the awkward obligatory haircut conversation, or would have found a suitable alternative.
It was hard to connect with Schmidt and his work situation. Viewers are just meeting them for the first time, and aren’t really given much information as to the relationships and people involved.
Overall, I just want to forget that this episode ever happened, and move on.
After a couple of episodes, New Girl started to find its way with “Wedding.” The episode brought a good chemistry and balance between the four main characters; however, what was gained weeks ago, was lost during the short hiatus.
"Naked" was unbelievable and ridiculous. The characters seem to lack any connections, and when they were "bonding" it seemed more of a joke than anything serious. Jess also felt overly animated in the episode making her character seem more of a stretch and a nuisance than quirky and adorable.
"Naked" might be the worst episode of New Girl so far, which is not the best way to start back after a hiatus.
The third episode of New Girl didn’t start much better than its two predecessor, but by the end it started to find its way. The chemistry between the three guys and Jess that was lost between the Pilot and the second episode started to find its way back. While I still believe Fox should have re-shot the Pilot for the series without the character Coach and adding Lamorne Morris as Winston, things start falling into place with “Wedding.”
This week, as the title of the episode suggests, the characters attend a wedding. Nick takes Jess as his date to keep him away from his ex, Caroline. Things go well at first but when Caroline is jealous of Jess, Nick starts to think he and Caroline can reconnect. From that point it was all downhill for Nick and Jess.
When things were at their worst, Winston and Jess have a bonding moment. It’s the first time since his character was introduced that I felt he was part of the story. Even during the first half of the episode, it felt like he was in the way and not connected to the other characters. I hope from this point on his relationship with the other characters will grow and the chemistry between the four will be stronger.
Despite improving some with “Wedding,” New Girl has a long way to go. Aside from better chemistry, the depth of the characters needs to grow. Jess is quirky and fun, but there has to be more to her than that. Similarly, none of the guys have any depth or real personality. I don’t feel connected to the characters at all. As I said last week, Coach was the best, most interesting and most favorable character in the Pilot, and despite his absence these past two weeks, I still feel this is true. If the show is going to move forward and make it as a series, the characters need to show more depth and growth; they need to make viewers fall in love with them so that viewers keep tuning in each week.
With the way the show is heading right now, things could get old and redundant very quickly. The characters have shown little growth over the past three episodes, and the plot isn’t much better. All three episodes have basically ended the same, with the three guys giving into one of Jess’s quirks and joining her in an activity. First it was singing “Time of My Life.” Last week, it was standing up to her ex and wearing one of her ridiculous hats, and finally this week they joined her in the chicken dance during a slow song at the wedding. This was cute at first, but if that’s all thats going to happen every week, there is no reason to keep watching.
Although, I found “Wedding” to be a slight improvement, New Girl still can’t compete with other network comedy series on air now.
After last week’s episode letting me down due to Fox airing the best content in commercials all summer, I was really hoping this episode would pull the show back up for me. However, it didn’t. What I liked most about the Pilot episode was the chemistry between Jess and the three guys. That chemistry has changed without Coach. In my opinion he was the most likeable and enjoyable character on the show and I was very disappointed to find not only is he not in the second episode, but he won’t appear he in any future episodes.
The dynamic has shifted and although there has only been two episodes, the characters connection seems greatly lessened. Lamorne Morris as introduced as, Winston Bishop, an old roommate who is now moving back. While he was mostly in the background of this episode, I feel viewers weren’t properly introduced to him, and he mostly just was in the way.
"Kryptonite" seemed like a juggling act. On one side there is the connections and relationships created in the pilot episode. Then you have quirky Jess and her issue of the day. And finally you have this new character who just appears with no transitional time, forcing viewers to either accept him or dislike him. It felt like too much for a 22 minute episode. I understand why Damon Wayans Jr isn’t on the show anymore but then Fox needed to re-shoot the Pilot episode, or wait an episode or two before introducing another new roommate.
Unfortunately, I was left unimpressed again by New Girl. Hopefully next week’s episode will be better and the characters will find the chemistry they lost between the first and second episode.
New Girl has been one of the most overly advertised shows of the new television season. When I first started seeing previews for the series, I thought, ‘aww that looks cute, maybe I’ll check it out.’ Then the next thing I knew, I couldn’t go a day with out seeing multiple advertisements for this show. Personally, I found the advertisements unnecessary and a waste of Fox’s advertising dollars. They overly saturated the media with promotions for this show. I’m pretty sure anyone not living under a rock will have heard of this show… at least a hundred times. 99 more times than necessary!
That being so, was New Girl worth the hype? I’m undecided. It’s everything the commercials promised it would be: fun, quirky, sweet, entertaining. However, it was just that. There were so many commercials and promo clips for this show, I feel like nothing in the episode was new. Its hard to review something that I feel like I already saw a 1,000 or more times over the past few months. The material felt dry and unamusing.
While the pilot failed to interest me, I have a feeling the next few episodes may be more telling for the series’ success and future; unless of course Fox starts airing thousands of commercials between now and next week and gives the entire episode away… again.
I will hold off on giving the show a rating until next week. I feel it is unfair to the show, because its neither the series’ or the actors’ faults that the episode felt stale.