Saturday, April 23, 2011

What I’m Watching: Parenthood (Season Finale)

Parenthood: Season 2, Episode 22 “Hard Times Come Again No More” (B+)

It’s weird to think that one show has already concluded a full 22-episode season. Still, this has been a packed year of ups and downs for the Bravermans. The show had a few less-than-stellar episodes, but for the most part, it was a strong year, if not quite as great as the first. This finale helps to firm up a few important things about our favorite characters. Despite a scare in recent episodes brought on by bad decisions brought on by rejection from college, Amber is now back on track after being in a serious car accident and getting an extraordinarily severe and helpful pep talk from Zeek (“you do not have my permission to mess with my dreams). Julia is determined not to give up on trying to have another baby, while Kristina’s unplanned pregnancy will likely create some conflict and drama. Adam’s firing was a long time coming, but its prolonging to this point doesn’t make it sting any less. The timing of Adam’s unemployment, Kristina’s pregnancy, and Max’s successful location of his retainer was entertaining, and serves as a nice setup for a presumable third season. I’m extremely excited that Crosby was able to win back Jasmine, after he looked at her so longingly at the hospital when she arrived and then told her he wouldn’t pursue her anymore, only to be encouraged by Joel not to give up. Sarah’s play didn’t go too far, but it was a fun representation of how she sees this family. I don’t know what the future holds for this show, but I’d be happy to see another season.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Mae Whitman as Amber


Greg Boyd said...

I don't watch this show, but a quick glance at Metacritic's outstanding "cancellation watch" report indicates not to worry. The show will almost certainly be back. As will "The Killing", assuming the ratings continue to hold steady. The new show you need to worry about is "The Chicago Code", whose odds are not looking too good.

They update it monthly, I think. It's well worth checking out if you're a TV fan.

Baking and Mistaking said...

I absolutely love this show. One of the things I look forward to most each week.

Hi Abe! Don't say I never comment...

Movies with Abe said...

G1000, I'm more hopeful about "Human Target" than anything else since I want to see more of that show.

Amy, I'm so very happy that you commented. Now that it's on hiatus, however, what will you most look forward to each week?

Baking and Mistaking said...

Hmmmm. Probably sleeping. I also really enjoy jeopardy.

Actually I love Community even though you don't, and have resisted my efforts to give it another shot. Whatever.