Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I’m Watching: 30 Rock

30 Rock: Season 7, Episode 10 “Florida” (C+)

This show is heading towards its end soon, and therefore the cancellation of TGS seemed inevitable. Yet this episode was wholly ridiculous, and trying to cast Colleen as a happy lesbian just doesn’t track with anything that we’ve seen before. I know that this show loves to go for shock value and to do things that are utterly absurd, but this just didn’t do it for me. I did enjoy Liz asking Jack why they never got together romantically since it’s the best way to acknowledge that people thought it might eventually happen on the show without actually having it happen. Those kind of subtle breakings of the fourth wall are what this show has always done best, and it’s good to see that happen again. Liz is going to have to deal with a lot now that she has twins coming, and I wonder how far we’ll get with that in the final three episodes. I was much less impressed with the happenings back in New York, Tim Meadows’ entertaining cameo aside. His best line was that he didn’t “super duper finish law school.” Pairing Tracy and Jenna up and giving them responsibility is never a good idea, and here we had to have poor Kenneth manipulated by them, something that’s become so regular at this point that it’s just not that funny anymore. I suppose that Hazel made her mark in a positive (or rather, negative for the purposes of the show within a show) way by reporting all of the abuses she had encountered while working at NBC. The montage of some of her claims was amusing, and I think that’s a fitting farewell for her.

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