Posts tagged the new girl
Posts tagged the new girl
Due to lack of time, rather than writing thoroughly for each show, I’m going to be quickly review/rating them here.
Glee: The mashup episodes of Glee are always some of the best, and this week’s was no exception. The episode was stunning. Most every character had a brief role and appearance. Friendships were mended, character development was explored, the songs were exceptional. Santana’s character has evolved so much since the Pilot episode of the series. I am so proud of the character and the writing behind it. Naya River is also beyond amazing. Her part in Rumor Has It/Someone Like You was perfect. Amazing episode. 4.5/5
New Girl: I decided not to review last week’s episode of New Girl in hopes that taking a week off from looking at it critically might make the show seem better in my eyes. However, whether it be the episode, or the series in general, my opinion did not improve. I love Justin Long and not even his guest appearance on this week’s Thanksgiving themed episode could turn it around for me. The episode felt scattered and too crazy and over the top than necessary. 2/5
Ringer: What an episode. Tonight’s Ringer was full of suspense, drama and intrigue. We got questions and answers. One of the best episodes so far; a must see for all fans of the series. 4/5
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.