Sunday, September 22, 2013

What I’m Watching: New Girl (Season Premiere)

New Girl: Season 3, Episode 1 “All In” (B)

I’m delighted to have this show back, but I can’t help but feel that this was a relatively unserious if entirely entertaining hour. It’s fun to see how Jess and Nick choose to splurge and have the ultimate vacation, getting as much free stuff as possible and then running for their lives once they got caught. Seeing them fully into each other and much more concerned with how to make their relationship work practically now that they have affirmed their feelings for one another is a great way to frame this season, and I look forward to much more of that in coming episodes. Schimdt and Winston having trouble being friends without Nick around is very amusing, and I like that, in keeping with the other peculiar ways in which attempts are made to give Winston his own plotlines, Winston has a creepy and rather hilarious obsession with puzzles, and, unsurprisingly, he’s terrible at them. Schmdit’s woman problems are never going to end, and things are going to work out extremely poorly for him if he keeps leading both Cece and Elizabeth on while cheating on both of them with the other. In one sense, it seems obvious that he’ll choose Cece since she’s a regular cast member, but perhaps their relationship will be just as much fun to watch if they can’t get along because he broke her heart. Only time will tell, and I’m sure that this season will prove to be just as enjoyable as seasons one and two.

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