Friday, March 16, 2012

What I’m Watching: New Girl

New Girl: Season 1, Episode 16 “Control” (B+)

It’s a risk when shows turn their familiar, established characters into bizarro versions of themselves, but sometimes it pays off. In this case, the first few minutes were fun, if only to see Jess try to express herself messily and Schmidt demonstrate himself to be utterly incapable of tolerating a mess. It was quite entertaining to see what Schmidt became after plenty of complaining by the water, and this is definitely going to becoming an iconic role for actor Max Greenfield, who may never find another part at which he excels quite as much as he does here. Zooey Deschanel, though hardly the main character these days, is also superb, and I love watching her reactions to the ways things are and then the way they transform to be. In the past, we’ve had fun watching Nick and Schmidt bicker about personality differences, and therefore it was hilarious to see Nick and Winston argue about money, with Winston upset that Nick never paid him back and Nick determined to negotiate down what he owed by being stingy about every little thing. These four roommates have such a fantastic working dynamic that this show really could milk plenty of superb plotlines out of the relationships. Cece’s continued tryst with Schmidt is entirely amusing, and it’s always fun to hear her voice her reactions to Schmidt’s ridiculousness, namely his defense of the fact that he was sleeping in dress pants, something for which there is really no explanation, though Schmidt would be the person to try.

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