Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What I’m Watching: 30 Rock (Penultimate Episode)

30 Rock: Season 7, Episode 11 “A Goon’s Deed in a Weary World” (B)

There are two directions that this show could take as it signs off permanently this coming Thursday – literal or figurative. There is no way that Jack could be convinced, through a “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” style set of circumstances, to put Kenneth in charge of NBC, since his purity most clearly resembles the original intentions of the Peacock. Additionally, Liz could have had a disaster on her hands in terms of the kids she got, and instead she ended up with miniature versions of Jenna and Tracy, the kind of children she has been taking care of for years. I suppose that’s a fitting coda, and the not-so-dramatic “I quit” sequence was just the right level of offbeat for this show. I liked how Liz, faced with an impossible number of tasks, chose to watch the episodes of “Treme” that had been building up on her DVR, something I decided not to do when I was watching too much TV on a weekly basis and had to cut something out, pointing out what everyone says about HBO’s slow-burn drama, that it gets good after a while. It’s crazy to remember that TGS used to be “The Girlie Show” with Jenna at its center, and how far its immature leads, Jenna and Tracy, have come from hating one another to understanding that they’re both the same type of person, desperate for attention and the spotlight. Let’s hope that the one-hour finale is satisfying rather than purely ridiculous.

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