Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WHY YOUR MEEKMOUSE DOESN'T IN SPACESHIP: Unlike some others (Spacewoman, Sepinwall), I thought that New Girl was pretty consistently good right out of the gate, with a solid core of Nick/Winston reacting poorly to Jess's manic pixieness, with some virtuoso douchebaggery from Schmidt. With one exception (Schmidt joins a drum circle), I think it's been consistently funny. But kudos to whatever deranged minds created the Nadia character and her response to Schmidt's polite "how do you like America?" conversation-filler. I'm a sucker for people just listing absurd things, but that was a tour-de-force of deadpan lunacy for Rebecca Reid: "Wilma Vawawawa ... Alan. J. Greenspan ... ice skating for fun not for to save life ...." Probably the funniest half-minute of television this season. And yet, a note of disappointment. I know that, from the pilot itself, the show was planning a Nick-Jess romance. But why? The characters have reached a pretty great dynamic as friends, sweet and tart, and Nick always seems more big-brotherly to Jess than anything else. Plus, with Schmidt partnered off with CeCe and Winston sappily in love, Nick and Jess's separate dating lives have provided a wealth of both stories and outside contact, from well-used guest stars to funny one-scene players. The escalation at the end of the episode seemed abrupt and unnecessary, both from a character and a show standpoint, and threatens to upset the ecosystem that Nick and Winston work so hard to protect. It seems to be a fundamental tenet of the TV writer religion that will-they-or-won't-they-but-really-when-will-they is an essential ingredient of any comedy, but I'm with Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfeld -- I don't see the point of it.
Posted by Isaac Spaceman at 1:34 PM